Good as gold: Cizmar hits meet record in 400 IM

Ivan Cizmar (Photo by Bill Wendall)
Ivan Cizmar (Photo by Bill Wendall)

GENEVA, Ohio – Ivan Cizmar turned in a spectacular race in the men's 400-yard individual medley, highlighting Lake Erie's day-two performance in the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championship.

Cizmar took gold in the 400 IM, touching in with a time of 3:54.43. That time marks a new GLIAC Championship record and a new Lake Erie best. And it turned aside Grand Valley State's (Mich.) Sven Kardol, who finished less than a second back.

Julian Milinkovskyi (Ukraine) finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.27 while Yan Milinkovskyi (Zaporozhye, Ukraine / Academical Laceum of Zaporizhia) took 10th in the event.

With those finishes, the Lake Erie men are in fifth place through two days of competition. The Green & White have registered 142 team points. Meet leader Wayne State (Mich.) has tallied 463.

Wayne State also leads the women's competition. The Warriors (458 points) have a narrow lead over Grand Valley State (437-1/2).

Thursday's highlights for the LEC women came in the form of a pair of relays. The first was a sixth-place finish with a program-record time in the 200 freestyle relay. Martha Ruether, Ashley Rand, Kelsey McCormick and Joelyith Humpe swam the relay in 1:41.28, shaving nearly two seconds off the previous LEC mark set at last year's GLIAC meet. Lake Erie then notched a program record in the 400 medley relay when Meri Cizmar, Lauren Menicucci, Jennifer Scholl and Ashley Rand posted a time of 4:01.48. Cizmar earned an NCAA-II provisional qualifying mark with her performance in the backstroke. That marked a program first for the LEC women.

The circuit's 17-team (10 women's, seven men's) title event will continue on Friday.

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