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PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The 24th-ranked Lake Erie College men's swimming team faces arguably its toughest challenge of the regular season when they travel to Ashland, Ohio on Friday night (Jan. 11) for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) showdown against 10th-ranked Ashland University.
The Storm men (6-1, 2-0 GLIAC), who stayed the same in the Dec. 19 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) national poll, are coming off a successful showing over winter break at the New Tampa Relay Meet on Jan. 4 where they won five relays and took second in four more. Prior to the New Tampa meet, sophomore All-American 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 (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) led the Storm to a fifth-place finish at the Kenyon Total Performance Invitational in early December.
Friday's meet will mark the first matchup of ranked teams in the brief three-year history of the Storm program.
The Storm women (2-5, 1-1 GLIAC) also face a tough challenge as the Ashland women are ranked eighth in the nation. Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno), Courtney Freed (St. George, Utah/Desert Hills) and Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/Wheeling Central Catholic) teamed up to win the Breaststroke Relay at the New Tampa meet. Overall, the Storm took second-place in seven relays. Prior to New Tampa, the women finished first of six teams at the Ohio Wesleyan Corbiere/Merion Invitational in late November.
Following Friday's meet, the Storm return to the pool on Saturday, Jan. 19, when they travel to California, Pa. for a tri-meet with West Virginia Wesleyan University at California University (Pa.).