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Brandeis women’s swim loses, men’s swim wins against Vassar

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Brandeis Judges’ men’s and women’s swim and dive teams took on the Vassar College Brewers. The women’s team lost 128.5-166.5 while the men’s team won 154-129. Both teams swam at Linsey Pool, with the women’s team competing before the men’s team. 

The women’s team was led by Dominique Goodman ’27, who won two diving events with scores of 214.05 and 134.92, Monica Iizuka ’24, who narrowly won the 50-yard freestyle, Anastasia Bekou ’25, who tied for first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.10, Chloe Gonzalez ’25, who won the 200-yard freestyle with a big lead and a time of 1:59.35 and Becca Kaplan ’26 who won the first race of the meet after scoring a narrow win on a team with Iizuka, Bekou and Gonzalez in the 200-medley relay.

Following this meet, the women’s team is now 0-1 on the season and placed first at a recent meet at Hartwick. Next up, they will travel to Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA to face off against the Engineers on Nov. 3.

The men’s team was led by All-American Sam Dienstag ’24, who garnered wins in both the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle with times of 9:40.0 and 4:39.02. Notably, both of those times rank #2 in Division 3 athletics. The team was also led by Benjamin Lee ’26, who won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.46 and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:06.33, Riley Pasicaran ’27, who won the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke with times of 56.23 and 2:02.42 respectively and Sam Bundy ’26, who won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.32. Finally, the team won the 400-yard freestyle relay as Dienstag, Ryan Schulken ’24, Solomon Skelton-Harris ’26 and Lee netted a time of 3:21.04, edging the competition by less than a second.

Following this meet, the men’s team is now 1-0 on the season and came third at the Hartwick meet. They will also travel to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to compete with the Engineers on Nov. 3.

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