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Swimming and diving win on Senior Day

By Sarah Jousset

Section: Sports

February 9, 2018

This past Saturday the men’s and women’s swimming and diving team celebrated their Senior Day, competing against the Clark Cougars. The Judges celebrated seniors Richard Avrutsky ’18, Andrew Baker ’18, Zach Diamond ’18, Taku Harada ’18, Sam Scudere-Weiss ’18, Sam Zucker ’18, Abby Damsky ’18, Genna Karp ’18 and Amy Sheinhait ’18. To further honor the dedication the seniors have given in the last four years, both the men’s and women’s team defeated Clark. The men won 132-95, while the women’s team snatched a 139-74 victory over Clark.

The women snagged 10 first place finishes in the meet. The team’s events started with the 200 yard medley relay, in which the four person team of Sheinhait, Audrey Kim ’21, Emily McGovern ’21 and Rachel Goldblatt ’21 earned a first place victory with a time of 1:59.32. Goldblatt, McGovern and Kylie Herman ’19 gave stand-out performances for the Judges. McGovern earned first place finishes in the 400 yard IM with a time of 5:05.69, and the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:12.45. Goldblatt took the 200 yard freestyle in 2:06.93, and the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.77. Herman earned her two victories in the 1000 yard freestyle with a time of 11:23.20, and the 500 yard freestyle in 5:37.16. Kim had her own individual victory in the 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 1:04.48, and Natalya Wozab ’20 rounded out the Judges’ individual victories with a win in the 100 yard freestyle in 58.12. The women finished out the day with the 200 yard freestyle relay, with the team of Sheinhait, Damsky, Sofia Chevez ’21 and Annie Huang ’21 taking first place, completing the race in 1:46.86.

The men’s team won all 11 events Saturday to secure their 37 point victory. Benjamin Francis ’21, Tamir Zitelny ’20, Avrutsky and Diamond started the day with a win in the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:42.65. The remainder of the Judges’ success was spread out, with only one athlete earning multiple individual wins against Clark. Thomas Alger ’20 won the 50 yard freestyle in 24.19 and the 100 yard backstroke in 57.79. Brandeis’ Joe Beletti-Naccarato ’21 finished right behind Alger in both races.
First-years dominated the meet for the Judges once again. Tyr Hondorf ’21 won the 100 yard freestyle by almost 30 seconds with a time of 1:01.93. Daniel Wohl ’21 took the 200 yard freestyle in 1:45.21, while classmate Richard Selznick ’21 took the 400 yard IM in 4:20.86. Chase Chen ’21 took the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.66. Zitelny won the 100 yard butterfly in 53.21. For the senior class, Harada won the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:15.75 and Avrutsky took the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:03.01. The men’s team closed out the meet with a win in the 200 yard freestyle relay, with Francis, Selznick, Diamond and Harada earning a time of 1:35.31.

In diving action, Zucker finished third for the Judges in the men’s one meter diving event. As for the women’s team, Brandeis saw divers finish in the top three spots of the one meter diving event. Julia Tartaglia ’19, Tessa Carreiro ’21 and Karp finished in succession for the Judges.

The men and women’s swimming and diving team return to action this coming Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the University Athletics Association Championships hosted by Emory University in Atlanta, GA. The four-day meet will run from Wednesday to Saturday, Feb. 17.

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