January 8, 2011

Swimming Teams Victorious Over Malone on “Breaststrokes for Breast Cancer” Day

Note:  Result times are unofficial due to computer timing issues.

The Lake Erie College men's and women's swimming teams were each victorious against Malone College in the final home meet of the 2010-11 season.  The day was also marked Storm swimming's first "Breaststrokes for Breast Cancer" event. 

The men defeated the Pioneers, 118-75, while the women won by a tally of 130.5-118.5. 

"We are in the most intense portion of our physical training right now, and I was very pleased that so many individuals were able to step up and race under those conditions," said Head Coach Nicole Rose.  "We saw Malone earlier in our season and we knew where this program would challenge us."

On the women's side, four individuals won a total of eight events.  Freshman Ashley Rand (Uniontown, Ohio/Uniontown) had her biggest day of the season dominating the freestyle events with wins in the 50, 200 and 500-yard swims.  Freshman Lauren Menicucci (Reno, Nev./Reno) was a winner in the 1,000-yard freestyle and also the 200-yard IM.  Freshman Casey Wendall (Lafayette, Ind./McCutcheon) was a multi-event winner in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and freshman Gabby Seraphin (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) picked up a first place in the 50-yard breaststroke. 

For the Storm men, freshmen Alex Brown (Reno, Nev./Galena) and Daniel Torres (Chihuahua, Mexico) each won three events among 10 individual event wins.  Brown took 50-yard backstroke, 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard butterfly. Torres took first in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard IM.  Freshmen Nick Brown (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) and Mike Cleland (Perrysburg, Ohio/Central Catholic) each had first placing showings in two events with Nick Brown on top in the 50 and 100-yard breaststrokes and Cleland in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles. 

Each squad also took first in the 200-yard freestyle relays. 

The Storm is in action next on January 28 when they travel to South Euclid, Ohio for a tri-match with Notre Dame and Ohio Northern. 

"We still have a lot work ahead of us to prepare for the GLIAC Championship in February," said Rose. "I am confident that if these athletes continue to work hard during practice, it will transfer over into strong meet performances."