PAINESVILLE, OHIO – Lake Erie College head swimming coach Nikki Rose was recently recognized by the American Swimming Coaches Association as a "Coach of Excellence" for 2012. The ASCA announced its recipients late in January.
Each year the ASCA honors the coaches who guide a swimmer, or swimmers, to a top-8 finish at a USA Swimming national-level meet of a USA College championship, including the NCAA Championships, the NAIA Championships, the USA Swimming Open Water Championships, the U.S. Olympic Trials or the USA Swimming winter National Championships.
In 2012, then freshman Ivan Cizmar (Zagreb, Croatia/X. Gimnazija Ivan Supek) finished seventh in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. He became Lake Erie's first swimming All-American by earning that top-eight finish.
"This award is a great representation of the quality program we are building here at Lake Erie and how hard our student-athletes are working," Rose said.
This season, Rose has guided the Storm men to a 7-2 overall dual record (2-1 GLIAC) heading into the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships Feb. 6-9 in Canton, Ohio. The LEC women have also had their best season in their three-year history, winning three duals.
Cizmar has already automatically qualified for the 2013 NCAA Championships in the 200-backstroke.
For more information on the ASCA, visit www.swimmingcoach.org.