Storm Men Strong at Kenyon Total Performance Invitational

Ivan Cizmar/Photo By Bill Wendall
Ivan Cizmar/Photo By Bill Wendall

GAMBIER, OHIO—Four members of the Lake Erie College men's swimming team performed well at the Kenyon Total Performance Invitational this weekend (Nov. 29-Dec. 1) breaking several records and hitting NCAA Division II National Chmapionship qualifying marks. The four Storm athletes overall finished fifth of six teams.

Ivan Cizmar  (Zagreb, Croatia/ X. Gimnazija Ivan Supek), Denys Fedorchenko  (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98), Julian Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia), and Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) led the Storm in a field consisting of teams from all NCAA divisions.

Fedorchenko hit B standard qualifying times for the NCAA Division II Championships in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley while J. Milinkovskyi passed the B standard qualifying marks in the 200 breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley.   Y. Milinkovskyi hit provisional qualifying times in the 200 free and 100-yard butterfly.

J. Milinkovskyi broke a school and pool record, as well as a personal best in his first-place performance in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:48.37. His performance in the 200 medley was just .01 shy of the A standard 1:48.36.  He also finished third in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:58.40. Y. Milinkovskyi picked up a second-place finish in the 100 fly with a time of 49.25, a new Lake Erie record, and took 20th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.58. Fedorchenko set new school marks in the 200-yard free with a time of 1:40.57 to take fourth-place and in the preliminary round of the 500-yard free, he finished with a time of 4:33.72. He took seventh in the finals of the 500. Cizmar closed the night with a 100-yard back performance on the relay that earned him a B cut with a time of 51.03.  Ivan finished 10th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.16.

As a team, the men were strong in the relays, taking second in the 400-yard medley (3:21.92), fourth in the 800-yard free (6:46.81) and seventh in the 400-yard free (3:07.69). All three relay times reached B standard qualifying times for the NCAA National Championship. 

The Storm are off until after the holidays when they travel to Tampa, Florida to swim against West Virginia Wesleyan College and Susquehanna University on January 4th.