Men’s team extends its undefeated start
The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed at Vassar College on Saturday. The men’s team came out on top with a score of 175-106, while the women’s team ended with a loss of 110.5-189.5.
For the men’s team, Richard Selznick ’21 continued to show his amazing potential still in the beginning of his first season with Brandeis. He placed in three events this meet with victories in the 1000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:12:43 — finishing 28 seconds before the next opponent — the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:29.33 and a third-place finish in the 200-meter IM with an outstanding time of 2:07.23.
The men’s team had many other victories throughout the meet as well. First-year Marcelo Ohno-Machado ’21 brought home the gold in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:51.10. Tamir Zitelny ’20 took two individual titles with a time of 2:00.81 in the 200-meter butterfly and a time of 2:03.29 in the 200-meter backstroke. Chase Chen ’21 continued to dominate within his class, winning the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 49.66.
The men’s team has also proven to be outstanding in the relay events this season. For the 400-meter freestyle relay, Brandeis came in first and second. The first-place relay team consisted of Daniel Wohl ’21, Ohno-Machado, Zitelny and Chen with a time of 3:20.80. The second-place relay team finished with a time of 3:23.63 and consisted of Daniel Haid ’20, Matt Arcemont ’20, Taku Harada ’18 and Selznick.
For the women’s team, Amy Sheinhait ’18 came in first in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 26.69. She also added second-place finishes in both the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle with times of 2:08.63 and 59.16, respectively. Audrey Kim ’21 earned second-place finishes in the 100-meter backstroke and the 200-meter backstroke with times of 1:04.88 and 2:20.38, respectively. Rachel Goldblatt ’21 showed off her amazing skills with a second-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:23.86.
In the diving portion of the meet for both teams, Gemma Karp ’18 and Sam Zucker ’18 came in first with dives of 102.45 and 190.55, respectively, in the 1-meter diving event. Both divers also won the 3-meter diving event with dives of 133.35 and 185.25, respectively.
Before Saturday, the teams had their second scoring meets of the season at Hartwick College on Friday. The men’s team came out victorious with a score of 175-106 and the women’s team fell short with a score of 112.5-175.5.
For the men’s team, the first-years were dominant. Selznick was able to pull off wins in two events this meet, earning victories in the 1000-meter freestyle with a time of 10:22.14 and the 500-meter freestyle with a time of 5:00.81. Along with Selznick, Chen was able to secure an individual win in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 49.77. He brought home a team win as well in the 200-meter freestyle relay with teammates Oncho-Machado, Harada and Zitelny with a finishing time of 1:30.05.
For the women’s team, Emily McGovern ’21 won both the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 33.21 and the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:12.56. Similar to McGovern, Sheinhait had a win in the 50-meter backstroke with a time of 30.73. Kim won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:04.70. Natalya Wozab ’20 also earned gold as she was victorious in the 100-meter IM with a time of 1:05.33.
Brandeis came in first in the 200-meter freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.04. The team consisted of two rookies in Sofia Chevez ’21 and Annie Huang ’21, as well as Sheinhait and Abby Damsky ’18.
For the diving portion of the meet, the men’s team came out on top in both events. For the 1-meter dive, Zucker placed first with a dive of 170.40. He then came in first for the 3-meter dive with a dive of 184.85. The women’s team did not place in the diving events.
The teams will be back in action on Friday, Nov. 3 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.