Four qualify for nationals at ECAC Championships as three school records fall
WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis swimming and diving team had a fine performance at the 2010 ECAC Open Championships, competing against top Division I, II and III teams at the University of Pittsburgh. The Judges posted four NCAA 'B' cut performances - giving them five for the season - and had three school records at the meet.
Leading the way for the Judges on the men's side was sophomore Marc Eder (Princeton, N.J./Lawrenceville Acad.). Eder had a pair of scoring performances in the breaststroke events. He finished 14th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.78 seconds. In the 200, he had Brandeis's highest finish of the meet, placing fifth with an NCAA provisional time of 2:05.30, his second of the season in that event.
Also qualifying for nationals for the men was junior Aaron Bennett (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville). Bennett placed 17th, just out of scoring position, in the 200-yard butterfly, but his time of 1:54.63 reached the NCAA 'B' standard and broke his own school record as well. Bennett also placed 23rd in the 500 free (4:47.35) and 32nd in the 100 fly (53.10 seconds).
The second school record on the men's side fell in the 400-yard medley relay, where rookie Daniel Danon (Istanbul, Turkey) Bennett, Eder and senior James Liu (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) swam a time of 3:31.77 in the preliminaries. That time broke a Brandeis mark that had stood since 2005.
In their individual events, Liu placed 18th in the 100-yard freestyle (47.21 seconds) and 19th in the 100 fly (51.60 seconds), just missing berths into the finals both times by hundredths of a second. Danon placed 17th in the 100 back (54.27 seconds) and 20th in the 100 fly (51.61 seconds).
Finishing with 43 points, the Judges placed 16th out of 21 teams and second of the six Division III school competing.
For the Brandeis women, senior Hollis Viray (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) had the top single individual performance in the 200-yard breaststroke. Her time of 2:24.28 in the finals broke her own school record set a year ago at ECACs and was the team's second NCAA 'B' cut of the season. Viray also placed 21st in the 100 breast (1:07.93) and 28th in the 200 individual medley (2:14.10), while taking over butterfly duties on relays and posting two of the team's top performances in those events.
Sophomore sensation Angela Chui (Toms River, N.J./Peddie School) reached a pair of consolation finals, posting two 14th-place finishes in the individual medley events. Her time of the 4:37.70 in the finals of the 400 IM was good for 14th place and was the team's fourth NCAA 'B' cut of the meet. She also placed 14th in the 200 IM in 2:11.52 and 28th in the 200 backstroke (2:09.52).
The team's top individual scorer at the meet was junior diver Dana Simms (Rockville, Md./Walter Johnson), who placed 10th in the one-meter event (169.80 points) and 12th in the three-meters (169.80). Simms also chipped in to swim on several of the Judges' relays.
Overall, the Brandeis women scored 30 points, placing them 19th out of 28 teams at the ECACs, tops among four Division III squads.
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