Judges make a splash during this week’s meet
The Brandeis swimming and diving team participated in the Gompei Invitational at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, beginning Friday, Nov. 30.
Olivia Stebbins ’22 reached the A Final with a 10th place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke finals, with a time of 2:32.69 according to the Brandeis Athletics Website. In addition, Emily McGovern ’21 placed 20th in the 200-yard breaststroke finals, with a time of 2:33.69. Claire Xu ’22 turned in a time of 2:12.07, good for an 11th place finish in the 200-yard individual medley. Xu’s time was the third fastest in school history. Natalya Wozab ’20 competed in the B finals and swam the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.81. In the 50-yard freestyle, Lauren Howard ’22 placed 19th with a time of 25 minutes, 13 seconds, good for third on the all-time top ten school times. Audrey Kim ’21 placed 18th in the fly at 1:00.29. Abbie Etzweiler ’22 completed the 1,650-yard free in 18:49.33, placing her at 19th. In the 200-yard medley relay, Xu, Stebbins, Gazelle Umbay and Howard placed 11th in 1:50.79. This meet resulted in Brandeis placing 8th overall.
For the men, Richard Selznick ’21 won the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:21.74, besting the closest competitor by six seconds. Tamir Zitelny ’20 completed the 100 butterfly in 50.25, good for a 4th-place finish. Brendon Lu ’22 placed sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:09.97, good for fourth on the all-time Brandeis top 10. Alex Wang ’22 placed 16th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.65, 8th on the Brandeis top 10 list and 24th in the 200 individual medley, in 2:03.01. In the 800 free relay, Wohl, Lu, Chase Chen ’21 and Zeitelny placed 5th in 7:06.40.
Howard, Uajda Musaku ’21, sophomore Annie Huang and Kylie Herman ’19 completed the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:39.98, a school record and good for a 9th place finish. Another school record was broken as the team of Xu, Stebbins, Kim and Kylie Herman ’19 completed the 400-yard medley relay in 4:02.06, besting the old record, dating to 2009 by 0.19 seconds and earning a 9th-place finish. Xu broke two Brandeis school records: in the 100-yard backstroke, she placed 7th in 58 minutes 35 seconds, breaking the 2008 school mark by 1.35 seconds. In the 50-yard backstroke she placed 3rd in 27.18, breaking last year’s mark by 0.58 seconds.
In the men’s 200-yard freestyle relay, Wohl, Chen, Marcello Ohno-Machado and Zitelny completed the race in 1:25.10, earning 6th place and breaking the school record, set in 2005. Wohl won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.43 in the finals. In the 400-yard individual medley, Selznick (4:09.66) and Lu (4:12.95), placed 2nd and third, respectively. In the 50 back, Benton Ferebee ’21 (25.19) and Sean Riordan ’22 (25.22), placed 7th and 8th, respectively. Riordan (54.38) and Benjamin Francis ’21 (54.69) placed 17th and 19th, respectively in the 100-yard back.