Swimming race in conference tournaments over the break

March 2, 2018

The Brandeis men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams (BUSDT) built on their strong seasons with positive results at the University Athletic Association (UAA) tournament and at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships at Emory and Rutgers, respectively.

At the UAA tournament, Amy Sheinhait ’18 closed out her final UAA event by setting a school record in the 50-yard freestyle (24.66s, 23rd place). In addition, three other Judges finished with top ten all time finishes in Brandeis history (Richard Selznick ’21 in the 500-yard freestyle, Daniel Wohl ’21 in the 50-yard freestyle and Sabrina Greer ’20 in the 200-yard individual medley).

Tamir Zitelny ’20 continued to put the NCAA on notice as he continued his dominant swimming while breaking school records set by himself earlier in the year. In the 100-yard backstroke, Zitelny swam a 50.24 second race, finishing in ninth place overall while lowering his school record by 0.13 seconds. Further, Zitelny placed tenth in the 100-yard butterfly (50.22s), breaking his school record by four-hundredths of a second.

At the end of the final day of competition, both the men’s and women’s team achieved their best point totals ever under coach Mike Kotch. The men totaled 472 points while the women finished with 381.5—good enough for an eighth-place finish for both teams.

In the diving, the Judges had three scoring performances. Julia Tartaglia ’19 finished 19th (250.65), Tessa Carreiro ’21 finished 20th (229.85), and Genna Karp ’18 finished 21st (178.00).

At the ECAC Championships at Rutgers, the Brandeis men’s swimming team finished in 13th place (91 points) and the women finished in 17th place (62 points). In the individual events, the Judges had two swimmers competing on the final day. Zach Diamond ’18 finished with a time of 16:19.03 in the 1650-yard freestyle (16th place), and Richard Selznick ’21 finished with a time of 17:05.52 in the same event (21st place).

Again, the Judges were shooting to break records, as Richard Avrutsky ’21 tied a school record (27.17s) in the first lap of the 200-yard breaststroke.

In the women’s relay, the Judges ended in 12th place (3:47.73). Amy Sheinhait ’18 along with Uajda Musaku ’21, Audrey Kim ’21 and Emily McGovern ’21 represented the Judges in the event.

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