WOOSTER, OHIO—The Lake Erie College men's team won for the second straight day behind a trio of three-time individual winners, defeating the host College of Wooster 162-118. However, the Fighting Scots women's team beat Lake Erie to offset the men's win and give Wooster a combined 330-225 victory to claim third place in the Cleveland Championship Tournament.
The Storm placed fourth in the tournament, despite a 2-1 mark overall for the men (6-1) in the two-week-long competition.
Against Wooster, Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia), Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) and Denys Federchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine / Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) each collected three first place finishes for the Storm. Cizmar was victorious in the 100 (52.17) and 200 (1:52.89) backstroke and the 500 freestyle (5:02.20) while Federchenko won the 400 individual medley (4:13.07), 200 butterfly (2:05.65) and the 1650 free. His time of 16:33.78 in the latter event set a school record.
Milinkovskyi finished first in the 200 free (1:43.57) and the 100- (1:01.61) and 200- (2:09.93) breaststrokes. Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporozhye, Ukraine / Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) won the 100-free (47.91) and the 100-fly (51.46) as well as taking second in the 50-free. Jordan Krumpelman (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Prepatory) and David Thieshen (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) finished second in the 20- free and 200-breast, respectively.
The men's 200 medley relay team of Patrick Goelz (South Park, Pa./South Park), Cizmar, and the two Milinkovskyis finished first with a time of 1:37.38.
Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) picked up a win for the women in the 100- (1:10.17) and 200- (2:30.41) breaststroke events and finished second in the 400 IM. Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) took second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:02.23. Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif. / John H. Pittman) added a second place finish in the 1650 free with a time of 18:56.37, stting another LEC mark.
The Storm return to action next Saturday (Nov. 17) to compete at the Ohio Wesleyan University Corbiere/Merion Invitational in Delaware, Ohio.