Swimming teams take first wins of the season

November 11, 2016

On Friday, Nov. 4, the Brandeis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in multiple dual meets at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). The men’s team defeated Babson University 150-134, and the women’s team beat Babson and Smith College, 196-95 and 154-135, respectively. However, the women’s team fell to WPI 174-103 and the men’s team lost to the host school 190-108.

For the men’s team, Tamir Zitelny ’20 dominated with three victories. Zitelny won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 54.82, the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.54 and the 200 individual medley swimming at 2:02.76. His brother, Edan Zitelny ’17 also won first in the 200 fly with a time of 2:03.00. Edan Zitelny also finished third in the 200 back and 200 IM.

Additionally, Judges’ Sam Zucker ’18 and Noah Ayers ’20 each earned second-place finishes. Zucker was the runner-up in the three-meter diving event with a score of 210.60, while Ayers came in second in the 500 freestyle. Zach Diamond ’18 also finished in third in the 1000 freestyle.

The Brandeis women’s team also had many top finishers, notably including four victories from three swimmers. Philippa Zheku ’20 won both the 100 and 200 backstroke events with times of 1:03:10 and 2:16.91, respectively. She also finished in third in the 200 IM. Kylie Herman ’19 secured the 1000 free in 11:01.48, and she also placed second in both the 200 fly in 2:19.82 and 100 free in 56.15. Natalya Wozab ’20 captured the 200 IM in 2:19.88 and reached second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:38.04 and 100 breaststroke in 1:13.06. Lastly, Hwanhee Park ’20 finished in second place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:02.37.

After the meet, the women’s swimming and diving team is 2-5, while the men’s swimming and diving team reaches 1-5. Both teams will compete again on Friday, Nov. 18 at home against neighboring Bentley University.

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