Colby College drowns Judges in home meet
The Brandeis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were both defeated by Colby College in their last meet of the season. With a 192–109 loss, the men’s team fell to 2–5 on the season. A 217–77 defeat dropped the women’s team to an overall record to 2–7. Despite the tough loss suffered by both teams, each team had some swimmers that shined individually and put up dominating performances.
Daniel Wohl ’21 has put on impressive performance after impressive performance all season long, and this meet was no exception. He was a triple winner, with all of his victories coming in freestyle events. In the 50-yard, he touched the edge just one-tenth of a second faster than his runner-up from Colby, winning in an impressive 22.22 seconds. In the 100-yard, his margin of victory was even greater, winning the race by just over a second in 48.72 seconds. In the 200-yard, his time of 1:44.71 was good enough for the win, coming in half a second faster than the second place finisher. The only other individual winner for the men’s team was Tamir Zitelny ’20. He won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of only 52.02 seconds. This time was almost two seconds faster than the top performer from Colby College. He also finished in second place in the 100-yard backstroke; his time of 54.62 seconds was not enough to claim him another victory, but he still earned the Judges some much-needed points. Justin Weissberg ’20 had a noteworthy performance, as well, during this meet. He raced in the endurance-oriented 1000-yard freestyle and was able to finish the race in 10:57. This was the first meet in which Weissberg broke the 11-minute mark for that particular race. The men’s team was also victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The dependable team of Marcelo Ohno-Machado ’21, Matthew Acemont ’20, Chase Chen ’21 and Zitelny finished the race in just 1:29.41. This time was just enough to top the team from Colby, setting them up for the win by just 0.42 seconds.
Claire Xu ’22 has consistently been among the top performers for the women’s team, making her a large part of the team’s success this season. During this meet, she picked up the only win of the day for the women’s team. Her time of 102:20 was just enough for her to capture the 100-yard backstroke, beating the time of her closest opponent by a slim 0.92 seconds. Natalia Wozab ’20 was the runner-up in two races. In the 200-yard breaststroke, she completed the race in 2:37.12, just behind her opponent from Colby. She placed second in the 200-yard individual medley as well.
This concludes the swimming and diving team’s action for this semester. After finals and winter break, the team will return with a home meet against Maine Maritime Academy on Jan. 13.