Judges swim into 2020 UAA Championships
On Saturday, the Brandeis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams beat Clark University in their final dual meet of the 2019-2020 season. The meet was held at Clark University in Worcester, MA. The men won 142–110 over the Clark University Cougars and the women won 135–105. Overall, the Judges won 24 of the 32 events, dominating the Clark University Cougars.
Some of the top performances of the meet were from Brandeis' Uajda Musaku ’21 who led in the 200m freestyle at 2:05.33, the 50m at 28.85 and the 100m freestyle sprints at 56.22. In addition to Musaku, Emily McGovern ’21 won the 100m with a time of 1:11.69 and the 200m breaststroke at a time of 2:34.90 and first-year Bailey Gold ’23 won the 100m butterfly with a time of 1:00.40 and the 400m IM with a time of 4:51.53. IM is the individual medley, which consists of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle in one consecutive swim. Gold was also second to Musaku in the 100m free. The men also had some top performances with junior Richard Selznick ’21 winning the 400m with a time of 4:23.33 and senior Tamir Zitenly ’20 winning the 100m backstroke and the 100m butterfly with a time of 55.5 seconds and 52.88 seconds, respectively. Brandeis’ Marcelo Ohno-Machado ’21 won the 500m freestyle with a time of 5:06.74 and the 50m freestyle with the time of 48.83 seconds. Danial Whol ’21 also dominated as the winner of the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:47.98 and the 100m freestyle with a time of 48.83, finishing runner-up to Ohno-Machado in the 50m freestyle.
The women also dominated in single events with winners Abbie Etzweiler ’22 in the 1000m freestyle (11:50.35), Audrey Kim ’21 in the 100m backstroke (1:03.21), Adrienne Aponte ’20 in the 200m butterfly (2:25.11) and Becky Goodfellow ’23 in the 200m back (2:21.38). In addition, the men dominated with Rafi Rubenstein ’22 winning the 1m dive with 147.10 points, Benjamin Francis ’22 in the 200m backstroke with a time of 2:09.24 and Joshua Liu ’23 in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:04.69.
The Judges also came home with four relay wins. They won the women’s 200m medley (1:55.19) with swimmers Gold, Olivia Stebbins ’22, Ema Rennie ’23 and Musaku. The women also won the 200m freestyle (1:51.33) with swimmers Aponte, Elizabeth Brown ’22, Etzweiler and Goodfellow. The men won the 200m medley (1:43.90) with swimmers Zitenly, Junhan Lee ’20, Sean Riordan ’22 and Marcelo Ohno-Machado. They also took home a win in the men’s 200m freestyle (1:33.51) with swimmers Benton Ferebee ’22, Francis, Lee and Ohno-Machado.
On Feb. 12, the Judges will wrap up the 2020 regular season with the University Athletic Association Championships at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.