GENEVA, Ohio – The status quo was maintained at day three of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship.
Lake Erie went into the day in fifth place in the men's competition and in seventh place in the women's. Impressive performances held challengers at bay, and now the Storm are on the verge of their best showing at a GLIAC title meet.
Julian Milinkovskyi had a big day for the Lake Erie men on Friday. Milinkovskyi placed third in the 100-yard breaststroke, touching in with a time (55.13 seconds) that broke his own LEC record. The time also established an improved NCAA-II provisional mark for the versatile speedster from Ukraine. He then swam the lead leg of an 800 free relay (Milinkovskyi-Krumpelman-Garcia-Bolda) that earned fourth place. That leadoff was a stellar one for Milinkovskyi -- he set a new 54-second, 200-yard freestyle mark for LEC.
Yan Milinkovskyi scored consulation points in the 200 butterfly, going the route in a program-record 1:53.42.
Through three championship sessions, the Storm men have compiled 200 points. That total has them in fifth place. Wayne State (Mich.) leads the men's competition with 704-1/2 points.
The Lake Erie women earned seventh in the 800 free relay, just missing a program-record time set in last year's league meet. Martha Ruether, Joelyith Humpe, Kelsey McCormick and Meri Cizmar posted a time of 8:24.72 on Friday.
Brittany Funk broke an LEC record in the 500 free in prelims. Funk swam her 500 in 5:26.29.
The LEC women have now scored 119 points. They are in seventh place, 141 points behind sixth-place Hillsdale (Mich.) and 27 ahead of eighth-place Malone. Wayne State is also leading in the race for the women's GLIAC title. The Warriors have swept the men's and women's championships in each of the last three seasons.
If LEC can hold its positions on Saturday, the fifth- and seventh-place finishes would be program bests.
The meet at the Spire Aquatic Center in Geneva, Ohio, concludes on Saturday with prelims at 10:30 a.m. and championship finals at 6 p.m.
Notes: Casey Wendall, Jennifer Scholl and Brittany Funk all scored points in a women's 200 fly. Their prelim performances netted a program first: three Storm women advancing to evening races at the GLIAC meet. ... The entire Cizmar family accounted for points on Friday. Ivan and sister Meri both scored in the 100 backstroke. Meri Cizmar's time (57.76 seconds) was an NCAA-II provisional mark. ... Junior Nickolas Garcia made his GLIAC evening debut on Friday. He qualified for the consulation final in the 100 breast. ... Through day three, Lake Erie has already scored more men's and women's team points than it did at the league meet a year ago.
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