February 6, 2013

Storm Ready to Compete in GLIAC Championships

PAINESVILLE, Ohio—The Lake Erie College swimming teams look to make a splash at the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships this week (Feb. 6-9).

Ashland University will serve as the host school this year's events at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, Ohio. A full schedule of event times, as well as information about the venue and festivities can be found HERE. 

The Storm men (7-2, 2-1 GLIAC) are currently ranked 24th in the country in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 Rankings. Sophomore All-American Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/X. Gimnazija Ivan Supek) is currently qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in the 200-yard backstroke. Freshmen Denys Fedorchenko (Zaporozhye, Ukraine/Collegium of Zaporizhia No. 98) and Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia), as well as junior Julian Milinkovskyi (Zaporizhia, Ukraine/Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) have all hit provisional qualifying marks in multiple individual events: Fedorchenko in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard individual medley, Yan Milinkovskyi in the 200-yard free and 100-yard butterfly and Julian Milinkovskyi in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard IM. These four swimmers have also hit qualifying marks in three relay events, the 400 and 800-yard free and 400-yard medley. Sophomore David Thieshen (Bethal Park, Pa./Bethal Park) adds GLIAC championship experience to the men after taking 13th in the 200-yard fly and helping the men's relay teams take two fourth place-finishes last year. 

The women (3-7, 1-2 GLIAC) have set seven school records by five different swimmers. Juniors Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) and Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown) have set Lake Erie marks in the 200-yard breaststroke and 50-yard free, respectively, while freshmen Jennifer Scholl (Kentwood, Mich./East Kentwood) and Brittany Funk (Turlock, Calif./John H. Pittman) set two school records a piece. For Scholl, the 200-yard free and 100-yard fly and the 1000 and 1650-yard free for Funk. Sophomore Andy Armstrong (Troy, Ohio/Troy) set a new mark in the 50-yard fly. Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) provides veteran experience for the women after finishing eighth in the 200-yard fly at last year's championships. 

-LEC-