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Brandeis swimming comes out on top during senior night

Last weekend, the Brandeis University swimming and diving teams took down Keene State and Bridgewater State in their Senior Day tri-meet. The men’s team beat Keene State 181-109 and Bridgewater 178-96, while the women’s team swept Keene 183-88 and Bridgewater 195-82. Overall, Brandeis won 21 of its 32 team events. 

Before the meet began, Brandeis honored the team’s seven seniors. For the men’s team they honored: Tom Alger ’20, Matthew Arcemont ’20, Justin Weissberg ’20, Tamir Zitelny ’20 and Junhan Lee ’20. The women’s team also honored their two seniors, Natalya Wozab ’20 and Adrienne Aponte ’20.

The Judges boasted impressive individual performances at the meet for both the men’s and the women’s team. On the women’s side, Bailey Gold ’23 won three individual events, the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:14.58, the 200 butterfly in 2:12.17 seconds and the 200 individual medley in 2:19.66 seconds. Uajda Musaku ’21 also contributed to the team’s success with two wins in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 29.99 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 56.55 seconds. Abbie Etzweiler ’22 also added two individual wins in the 500-yard freestyle and the 1000-yard freestyle. Audrey Kim ’21, Emily McGovern ’21 and Ema Rennie ’23 each added individual wins in the 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard butterfly.

For the men’s team, three swimmers picked up multiple wins. Brendon Lu ’21 secured wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:49.93 and the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.51 seconds. Daniel Wohl ’21 also picked up two wins in the 50-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Finally, Zitelny won the 100-yard freestyle, the 50-yard fly and just missed a third win in the 50-yard backstroke by .09 seconds. The men’s team also picked up single wins from Richard Selznick ’21 in the 1000-yard freestyle, Justin Weissberg ’20 in the 200-yard butterfly and Joe Beletti-Naccarato ’21 in the 200-yard backstroke. 

Both the men’s and the women’s team started off the meet with relay wins. The men’s team won the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:39.82. The team was made up of Benton Ferebee ’22, Lu, Zitelny and Wohl. The women’s relay team consisted of Olivia Stebbins ’22, Kim, Gold and Rennie, who won the 200-yard medley in a time of 1:55.66.

After this meet, the women’s team is 4-9 on the season, while the men’s team is 5-6. The women’s team moves on to face Wellesley and Merrimack this weekend, and both teams will visit Clark University on Feb. 1.

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