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Freshman swimmer breaks two school records

Published: October 24, 2008
Section: Sports

Angela Chui ’12 broke two school records in her first collegiate dual match even though the Brandeis women’s swim team were outmanned and easily defeated by visiting Boston College 145.5 – 116.5.

Chui blazed her way in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke, setting times of 1:01.19 and 2:09.90 respectively. Both records were previously held by Sharon Makowsky ’06. Chui also won the 200 meter individual medley.

Hollis Viray ’10 snagged first place in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events while Rachel Sawicki ’10 picked up the other first place finish for the women’s squad, outpacing her closest finisher by 1.73 seconds to claim the 100 yard butterfly.

The men’s squad were even more shorthanded than the women going into the meet. They were unable to field a diving team due to a lack of divers, a problem that will be recurring all season long. Although the men also fell to Boston College, 149-119, the Judges did not go down with out a fight, claiming victory in 6 out of 14 events.

“I thought we were very competitive, I’m really happy with the way we swam, we had a lot of good races,” Bobby Morse ’09 said after the match.

James Liu ’10 led the effort for the Judges, winning the 100 yard butterfly, 100 yard freestyle and 200 yard individual medley. Marc Eder ’12 picked up his first individual collegiate victory in the 100 yard backstroke while Justin Wellins ’10 secured a first place finish in the 100 yard backstroke. The relay team of Wellins, captain Mike Rubin ’09, Bobby Morse ’09 and Liu closed out the evening with a first place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

“I know that being a Division I team, they’re going to be a lot stronger,” Brandeis swimming coach Jim Zotz said after the match. “I like having them on the schedule because it’s good competition, I know the coach very well. Their team was strong but I knew we were going to vie for first place in a lot of events. That’s simply what happened.”

The swimming squads hit the road to the Granite State where they take on Keene State, the Judges do not have another home meet until January 2009.