WATERVILLE, Maine – Upon returning from their inter-session training trip in Puerto Rico, the Brandeis swimming and diving teams headed North to Waterville, Maine, to take on Colby College on Sunday. The Judges suffered a pair of losses to the Mules, 68-201 on the women's side and 94-200 on the mens.
The Judges had one multiple winner on the afternoon: junior Joanna Murphy (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview) in the distance freestyle events. She took the 1000 in 11:16.58, about three-and-a-half seconds ahead of her closest competitor from Colby. In the 500, Murphy swam 5:29.86 to win by a similar margin. She also provided a point in the 200 butterfly and two more as part of the 200-yard free relay.
Brandeis added three individual winners on the men's side. Junior Cameron Braz (Monson, Mass. / Monson) captured the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:49.17, touching just ahead of a Colbyswimmer by 23 hundredths of a second, while Brandeis sophomore Taku Harada (Henrico, Va. / Mills E. Godwin) was only 0.29 seconds further behind. Braz had narrow third-place finishes in the 50 (23.21 seconds) and 100 (50.32 seconds).
Harada provided a win in the 200-backstroke with the team's largest margin of victory on the day. His time of 2:07.64 was more than five seconds better than the next competitor from Colby. He was also third in the 200 IM (2:06.40).
Sophomore Zach Diamond (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island Acad.) earned victory in the 200-yard butterfly by about three seconds with a time of 2:07.16. He was the team's top scorer, adding a second-place in the 1000 free (10:23.39) and third in the 500 free (5:05.26).
The Brandeis women return to action tomorrow at home at 2 p.m. against Merrimack College, while the men and women are both in action on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Trinity College.