Super Saturday: day one at OWU invite yields fast times for LEC

Head Coach Nikki Rose (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)
Head Coach Nikki Rose (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)

DELAWARE, Ohio – Lake Erie is competing in a two-day invitational hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University, and the Storm men's and women's teams are both in second-place after the first day of competition.

The Lake Erie men compiled 487 points on Saturday. That total puts them behind host Ohio Wesleyan (739) and ahead of Wilmington (372), Urbana (366) and Defiance (106).

The Storm women tallied 548 points. They sit 70 points behind OWU but ahead of Wilmington (492), Urbana (212) and Defiance (106).

Through one day, the Corbiere/Merion Invitational at OWU's Meek Center has been the setting of big things for LEC Swimming.  The program set four new men's records and three new women's marks on Saturday. The men's squad also boasted six NCAA provisional qualifying times on the day.

The men's team was led by Julian and Yan Milinkovskyi. Julian won three races (100-yard butterfly, 200 individual medley, 200 breaststroke). His time in the 200 breast (1:59.85) broke his own pool record and set a new LEC mark. He did the same in the 100 butterfly, touching in with a time or 48.98 seconds, and was also part of an LEC-record-setting 200 medley relay.

Brother Yan was also on that medley relay. Yan set his own individual program mark in the 100 freestyle, posting a time of 46.48.

Overall the Storm men posted victories in 10-of-13 events on Saturday.

The Lake Erie women were paced by Meri Cizmar, who swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events. Cizmar set a new program record in the 200 back, touching in with pool-record time of 2:05.60. She was also the lead swimmer in a program-record-setting 200 medley relay. Cizmar, Lauren Menicucci, Jennifer Scholl, and Ashley Rand posted a time of 1:52.26 in that relay, turning back a second-place Ohio Wesleyan quartet.

Joelyith Humpe also carded a program record for Lake Erie; she placed second in the 100 free with a time of 55.10 seconds. Lauren Menicucci won three races (100 breast, 200 IM, 200 breast) on the day.

The LEC claimed victories in 9-of-13 races on Saturday.

Other individual wins on Saturday: Jennifer Scholl (women's 100 fly), Ilia Platonov (men's 200 free), Ivan Cizmar (men's 100 back, 200 back), Casey Wendall (women's 200 fly).

The Corbiere/Merion Invitational honors the memory of Payson Corbiere '96 and T'ai Merion '96, who were members of the Ohio Wesleyan men's swimming team.