Senior salute: Storm women top Malone in split at Spire

Lauren Menicucci (Photo by Bill Wendall)
Lauren Menicucci (Photo by Bill Wendall)

GENEVA, Ohio – Lake Erie hosted a dual meet against Malone at the Spire Institute on Friday night, and the Storm and Pioneers split, with the MU men and LEC women earning victories.


In the men's competition, Malone defeated Lake Erie, 173-80. The Pioneers –'s No. 16 in NCAA-II -- won 4-of-16 events on the night.


On the women's side, LEC won, 165-81. The Storm women took 10-of-16 events from the Pioneers.


Julian Milinkovskyi and Ivan Cizmar split Lake Erie's four wins on the men's side. Milinkovskyi won the men's 100-yard breaststroke, touching in a fifth of a second before MU's Bartosz Zarzecki. The senior speedster also topped Zarzecki in the 200 breast. Cizmar won the 200 backstroke and the 500 freestyle.


Malone's men are now 9-2 this season.


The Storm women were paced by Meri Cizmar, Brittany Funk and Lauren Menicucci, who each won multiple races. Funk won three times on the night, besting all comers in the women's 1,000 free, 200 fly and 500 free. Cizmar won the 100 and 200 backstroke events, and the 100 fly. Menicucci won the 200 breast and the 200 individual medley.


Jennifer Scholl also earned a victory for the Green & White who bumped their season record up to 5-4. LEC has gone 3-2 in five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meets; that marks the women's first GLIAC record north of .500.


The Lake Erie women swept four events (200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free, 200 fly) en route to their win.


The event was a preview of sorts for the Storm and Pioneers. The site of Friday's meet – the Spire Institute -- will host both the GLIAC Championship (Feb. 12-15) and the NCAA Division II National Championships (March 12-15). The Institute's Aquatics Center will also host this year's Atlantic-10 Conference championships and the Mid-American Conference's women's meet.  


The event also marked Senior Night for Lake Erie Swimming & Diving. The Storm recognized Julian Milinkovskyi, Lauren Menicucci, Ashley Rand and Casey Wendall for their contributions to the program. Those four seniors have combined to post 11 new individual program records for the Green & White. 



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