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The Brandeis University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams capped their Senior Day meet with a pair of wins on Jan. 18 at Wheaton College. The competition was held at Wheaton College because Brandeis’ Linsey Pool is undergoing renovations. The men’s team won 181–109 over the Keene State Owls and 178–96 over the Bridgewater State University Bears. The women were also victorious, with a sweep of 183–88 over Keene State and 195–82 over Bridgewater State. Overall, the Judges won 21 of the 32 events that took place that day.
Congratulations goes to both men’s and women’s teams that finished on the podium. For the women, Bailey Gold ’23 was a triple winner, placing first in three races: the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:14.58, the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:12.17 and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:19.66. Uajda Musaku ’21 contributed two wins in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 29.99 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle with a time 56.55 seconds. Abbie Etzweiler ’22 placed first in both the 500-yard and the 1000-yard freestyle events with times of 5:45:09 and 11:45:42, respectfully. Individual first-place finishes included Audre Kim ’21 in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.50, Emily McGovern ’21 in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:33.09 and Ema Rennie ’23 in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 27.75 seconds. In the 200-yard medley relay, Kim, Olivia Stebbins ’22, Gold and Rennie won with a time of 1:55.66, more than two seconds ahead of the second-place finishers.
For the men, Brendon Lu ’22 placed first in two races — the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.93 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.51. Daniel Wohl ’21 placed first in the 50-yard and the 500-yard freestyle with times of 22.37 seconds and 4:50.07, respectively. Tamir Zitelny ’20 just missed being a triple winner by placing first in both the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.17 seconds, the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 23.85 seconds and taking second in the 50-yard backstroke by 0.09 seconds with a time of 25.78 seconds. Individual first-place finishes included Richard Selznick ’22 in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:22.55, Justin Weissberg ’20 in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.69 and Joe Beletti-Naccarato ’21 in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:04.27. In the 200-yard medley relay, Benton Ferebee ’22, Lu, Zitelny and Wohl won with a time of 1:39.82, about three-quarters of a second ahead of the second-place finishers.
In the women’s one-meter diving, Bridget Cifuni ’21 was on the podium with a third place finish.
Jan. 18 was also Senior Day for Brandeis swimmers and divers, as seven four-year members were honored. They were Tom Alger, Adrienne Aponte, Matthew Arcemont, Junhan Lee, Justin Weissberg, Natalya Wozab and Tamir Zitelny. The team thanked these valuable members and wished them good luck in their future.
Both teams will compete against the Clark University Cougars in Worcester on Feb. 1.