Storm Fall to Nationally Ranked Ashland

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

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.