NEW LONDON, Conn. – Brandeis University swimming and diving sophomore Olivia Stebbins (Willington, Conn. / Edwin O. Smith) and senior Tamir Zitelny (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) were double winners today for the Judges, who dropped their dual meets at the United States Coast Guard Academy. The women were defeated, 157-131, while the men fell to the #12-ranked Bears, 171-114. The women drop to 2-7 on the season, the men to 2-5.
Stebbins swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 by four seconds over teammate Christina McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I./Narragansett) with a time of 1:12.90. She edged McPhillips in the 200 with a time of 2:42.37, winning by a margin of 0.82 seconds. McPhillips' time of 2:43.19 in the 200 represented a personal best.
Rookie Bailey Gold (Berkeley Heights, N.J. / Governor Livingston) continued her fine season with a pair of runner-up finishes in the backstroke events. She was a half a second off the winning pace in the 100 with a time of 1:02.61, and was even close in the 200, finishing 0.17 behind the winner from USCGA with a time of 2:13.09. Gold also took third in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:31.81.
On the men's side, Zitelny won in two different disciplines. He captured the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 52.93 seconds, edging his opponent by just over a quarter of a second. In the 100 butterfly he was about three-quarters of a second better than the runner-up from Coast Guard with a time of 51.55 seconds.
Junior Daniel Wohl (Chapel Hill, N.C./East Chapel Hill) was second in two races, posting a season-best in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.10, coming up just 0.13 seconds short of first place. His time of 1:46.34 was just ahead of the third place finisher in the 200 free, but nearly four seconds behind the winner.
The Judges are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. against Tufts, ranked #11 in the CSCAA men's Division III national poll and #8 in the women's poll.