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Brandeis swimming seals several victories

The Brandeis swimming and diving team went head to head against Gordon College on Friday, Jan. 21. While the women’s team won with a scoreline of 162-72, the men’s team won 139-40, both teams more than doubling the points scored by the opposing roster.

Chloe Gonzalez ’25 secured three victories throughout the duration of the event, winning all individual events that she participated in. Gonzalez won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.88. Gonzalez was followed by captain Aria Smith ’23, the second-place finisher of the event, with a time of 1:07.20. Gonzalez also took the lead in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, with times of 26.99 and 58.77, respectively. In these events, the second-place finishers were captain Abbie Etzweiler ’22 and Lexi Kaufman ’24 with times of 29.34 and 1:00.49, respectively.

Becky Goodfellow ’23 also achieved a victory in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:55.45, with Etzweiler and Francesca Sirignano ’23 in second and third place with times of 5:55.86 and 6:09.75, respectively.

Monica Iizuka ’24 also scored a victory in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 33.83. Olivia Stebbins ’22 was the second-place finisher in the event with a time of 36.36.

The men’s side also saw several victories throughout the event. Gerald Deng ’25 won both of the long-distance events with times of 5:21.21 for the 500-yard freestyle and 10:58.87 for the 1000-yard freestyle. Allen Hawkins ’25 was also able to secure the victory in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 30.30 and also scored second place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:59.25, behind first-place finisher Tal Spector ’25 with a time of 1:57.87. Joshua Liu ’23 was also able to take first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.30.

The Judges also had a meet against the Keene State College Owls on Saturday, Jan. 22. While the men’s team was able to secure a victory of 156-101, the women’s team was beaten out by Owls 129-140.

Fischer Caplin ’25 was able to clinch the win against the Owls in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:11.79, beating out both Owl competitors Aidan Urnezis and Quint Kimmel who had times of 5:17.41 and 5:28.58, respectively.

Captain Brendon Lu ’22 was also able to secure a victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.29, beating out the second-place finisher Aaron Turgeon from the Owls who had a time of 1:52.22. Lu was also able to win the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:04.31, with Andrew Ngo ’25 and Liu finishing in second and third place with times of 2:09.39 and 2:13.48, respectively.

Moreover, another captain James Barno ’23 was also able to secure a victory in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.80, with Sean Riordan ’22 finishing under a second behind in 58.74. Barno was also able to bring the victory home for the Judges in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.16, beating out Tyler Young. Barno and Lu also competed with Benton Ferebee ’22 and Ryan Shulken ’23 to win the 200-yard medley relay against the Owls, with a total time of 1:42.02.

Junior Bailey Gold ’23 was a star performer for the women’s team and won several events against the Owls. Gold was not only able to win the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:12.99, over nine seconds past the second-place finisher Jaelin Jang from the Owls, but she was also able to win the 1000-yard freestyle in 10:43.39, the second-fastest time recorded for the 1000-yard freestyle in history. Gold passed all other contenders in the event, all of whom finished in over 12 minutes.

Iizuka was also able to clinch out several wins for the Judges throughout the event, having won both the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard freestyle times of 1:02.47 and 56.95 respectively. In the 100-yard backstroke, Maya Haubrich ’24 and Anastasia Bekou ’25 were able to secure the second and third-place slots with times of 1:02.89 and 1:03.63 respectively. Iizuka tied with Ema Rennie ’23 for first place in the 100-yard freestyle.

Aubrey Cheng ’25 was also able to secure the victory in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.36, with Gonzalez two-hundredths of a second behind Cheng with a time of 26.38. Gold, Gonzalez, Iizuka and Rennie competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay to win with a time of 1:44.42.

The Judges return on Friday, Jan. 28, to compete against Gordon College in a rematch for their senior meet.

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