January 11, 2013

Storm Fall to Nationally Ranked Ashland

ASHLAND, Ohio—The Lake Erie College men's and women's swimming teams were unable to overcome nationally ranked Ashland University as both sides fell in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference dual meet on Friday (Jan. 11) in Ashland, Ohio. 

The Storm men (6-2, 2-1 GLIAC) fell to the 10th-ranked Eagles 178-68 while the Storm women (2-6, 1-2 GLIAC) fell 175-79 to the 8th-ranked women of Ashland. 

Freshman Kelsey McCormick (Marysville, Mich./Marysville) picked up the lone individual win for the Storm in 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:47.83. Overall, the Storm women picked up seven second place finishes in individual events. Freshman Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) led the way with three second-place finishes- 100 and 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. Junior Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) took second in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley. Freshmen Joelyith Humpe (Rayland, Ohio/ Wheeling Central Catholic) and Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman) took second in the 200-yard backstroke and 500-yard freestyle respectively.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Martha Ruether (Allegany, N.Y./Allegany-Limestone Central), Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown), Michelle Kinney (Toledo, Ohio/Maumee) and Scholl took second place.

The Storm men took second-place in eight individual events. Sophomore David Thieshen (Bethal Park, Pa./Bethal Park) took second in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM while freshman Bryce Wood (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) also earned two second-place finishes, coming in the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle. Sophomore Julian Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) Freshmen Gabriel Green (Gilbert, Az./Mesquite), Patrick Goelz (South Park, Pa./South Park) and Jordan Krumpelman (Westerville, Ohio/St. Charles Prepatory) placed second in the 200-yard fly, 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke respectively.

The men's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Krumpelman, Green, Goelz and Wood finished in second.

The Storm return to the pool next Saturday, Jan. 19, as they travel to California, Pa. for a tri-meet against California University of Pennsylvania and West Virginia Wesleyan College.