Storm Swimmers Sweep Malone

Lauren Menicucci/Photo By Bill Wendall
Lauren Menicucci/Photo By Bill Wendall

CANTON, OHIO—The Lake Erie College swimming teams continued their seasons with a sweep of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Malone University on Friday (Nov. 9).

The men won 165-105 while the women won 192-57.

Four Storm men recorded three first place finishes apiece. Sophomore Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia) won the 100 backstroke (53.77), 200 back (1:51.93) and the 100 butterfly (51.50). Junior Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) managed wins in the 100 breaststroke (58.62), 200 breast (2:06.77) and the 200 individual medley (1:52.24). Freshmen Denys Federchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) won the 1000 freestyle (9:56.47), 200 fly (1:55.06) and the 500 free (4:45.22) while classmate Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) picked up wins in the 50 (22.11), 100 (47.94) and the 200 (1:46.05) free.

The men's 200 medley team consisting of Patrick Goelz (South Park, Pa./South Park), Cizmar, J. Milinkovskyi and Y. Milinkovskyi were victorious with a time of 1:38.85.

Two Storm women picked up three wins apiece as well. Freshman Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman) won the 100 back (1:08.57), 200 fly (2:20.14) and the 500 free (5:30.55) while junior Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) was victorious in the 100 breast (1:10.11), 200 back (2:18.46) and the 200 IM (2:18.42). Freshman Courtney Freed (St. George, Utah/Desert Hills) won the 200 breast (2:40.17) and finished second in the 200 fly and 200 IM. Freshman Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) won the 100 fly (1:02.38) and 200 free (2:03.11), and finished second in the 100 free. Her time in the 100 fly edged out the school record by .01 seconds. Classmate Kelsey McCormick (Marysville, Mich./Marysville) also picked up a first place finish for the Storm in the 1000 free (11:38.28).

The women's 200 medley team of Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown), Funk, Menicucci, and Scholl won in a time of 1:58.32 while the 400 free relay team of Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/Wheeling Central Catholic), Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon), Freed and McCormick were victorious in a time of (4:04.04).

"We had average performances tonight but we did see some very close races and that certainly made it an interesting night," said head coach Nikki Rose.  "GLIAC competition is very important to us and I know our athletes race accordingly when that is on the line. We were very excited to have the opportunity to race at the facility at Canton McKinley as this is the conference championship site and so that preparation for February was also great tonight."

The Storm return to the pool Saturday (Nov. 10) to swim against the College of Wooster in the third place meet of the Cleveland Championship Tournament.