Fabian sets pool record in 1650 free at WPI

Max Fabian '15 (Photo by Sportspix)
Max Fabian '15 (Photo by Sportspix)

WORCESTER, Mass. -- Junior Max Fabian (Keene, N.H./Oak Meadow) continued his fantastic run in the mile today, winning the event at WPI's Gompei Invitational and setting a facility record in the process. 

Fabian swam the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:33.50, a seven-second margin of victory over the runner-up from host WPI. Fabian was just 17 seconds off an NCAA Championship "B" cut. He was also 20 seconds off his own school-record time, set last year at the UAA championships. Fabian had one other top-10 performance on the second day of action at WPI, placing sixth in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:23.46.

Rookie Edan Zitelny (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) added a pair of top-10 finishes on Day Two, giving him four for the weekend. He came in fourth in the 400 IM, with a time of 4:20.63, just one-tenth of a second out of third place. He also came in sixth in the 100-yard backstroke with a mark of 58.47 seconds. 

Sophomore Brian Luk (Hong Kong/Northfield Mount Hermon) matched his top performance from Day One, coming in fifth in the 100 freestyle (48.02 seconds). He also scored points in 200 free with a time of 1:49.88, good for 13th place. 

Also scoring in two individual races for the Judges were sophomore David Lazarovich (Stowe, Vt./South Burlington) and rookie Eb Weber (Murray, Ky./Murray). Lazarovich placed in the breaststroke events, coming in eighth in the 200 (2:20.28) and 13th in the 50 (29.25 seconds). Weber was 11th in the 50 back (22.81 seconds) and 13th in the 200 butterfly (2:10.77).

Brandeis's two relays both came in sixth place. The 200 medley relay team of Zitelny, Lazarovich, Weber and Luk touched with a time of 1:41.40, while the 400 free relay of Fabian, Zitelny, Lazarovich and Luk came in in 3:21.10.

As a team, the Judges finished with 994 points to finish in fifth place overall. 

The Judges return to action next semester at home against Trinity on Jan. 18.