ATLANTA, Ga. – The Brandeis swim and dive teams kicked off the UAA championship meet today at Emory University. There were four school records broken on the day across both teams. The men currently sit in seventh place with 79 points, while the women are tied for sixth with 70 points.
On the men's side, junior Sam Dienstag (Wilmette, Ill. / New Trier), first-year Eric Xiao (College Station, Texas / AM Consolidated High School), senior James Smith (Lexington, Mass. / Lexington High School), and first-year Ben Lee (Upton, Mass. / Nipmuc Regional High School) teamed up for the 800-yard free relay. They finished sixth and broke the previous school record by 5.27 with a time of 6:50.86. Dienstag also broke his own 200-yard free school record leading off the relay with a time of 1:39.68. Dienstag is the first Judge to break the 1:40 barrier in the event. In diving, first-year David Zavala (Bridgeport, Ala. / Collins Hill High School) finished with a score of 205.05 and finished 18th.
On the women's side, the 800-yard free relay consisted of senior Bailey Gold (Berkeley Heights, N.J. / Governor Livingston), sophomore Chloe Gonzalez (Miami Beach, Fla. / Miami Beach Senior High School), junior Maya Haubrich (Grayslake, Ill. / Grayslake), and first-year Nicole Caruso (Brentwood, Tenn. / Ravenwood High School). The group finished seventh and broke the school record by 3.69 seconds with a time of 7:48.62. Gold also broke her own 200-yard free school record leading off the relay with a time of 1:55.53.
The Judges continue the UAA championship tomorrow with prelims starting at 10 AM and finals starting at 6 PM.