Selznick finishes 20th in 500 free at UAAs

Richie Selznick '21  (photo by / Jan Volk)
Richie Selznick '21 (photo by / Jan Volk)

ATLANTA, Ga. – At the 2018 University Athletic Association championships at Emory University, the Brandeis University swimming and diving has had one school record, four all-time top-10 performances and several personal-bests.


  • Senior Amy Sheinhait (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) led the way by setting a school record in the 50-yard freestyle. Sheinhait, who set the record in December, actually broke the record twice today. She lowered it once by swimming 24.77 seconds to lead off the 200-free medley relay, then again in the 50-free proper, with a time of 24.66 seconds. That was fast enough for 23rd place and spot in tonight's finals. In the finals, she swam a time of 24.71 seconds, in a dead heat for 20th place overall.


  • In addition to Sheinhait, three other swimmers had all-time Top 10 times for the Judges. Rookie Richard Selznick (Las Vegas, Nev. / Palos Verde) also reached the finals session in the 500-yard freestyle, with a time of 4:44.67, good for 24th place at the meet and third all-time on the Judges' career list. In the finals, he lowered that time to 4:42.34, improving to 20th place at the meet and second all-time behind record holder Max Fabian '15 by less than a second.
  • Classmate Daniel Wohl (Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill) also had a top time in the 50 free, earning the fifth spot on the men's list with a mark of 21.78 seconds. He finished in 30th place, 0.16 seconds out of the finals.
  • Sophomore Sabrina Greer (Greensboro, N.C. / Greensboro Day School) finished in 42nd place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:16.98, good for eighth all-time at Brandeis and 42nd at the meet.h


  • Six other Judges posted personal-best times at the meet.
    • Tom Alger (Plymouth, Mass. / Sacred Heart) – 22.79 seconds in 50 free (leading off 200 free relay)
    • Marcelo Ohno-Machado (San Diego, Calif. / Torrey Pines) – 22.36 seconds in men's 50 free
    • Uajda Musaku (Winthrop, Mass. / Winthrop) – 26.21 in women's 50 free
    • Taku Harada (Henrico, Va. / Mills E. Godwin) – 2:01.09 in 200 IM
    • Benjamin Francis (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Brooklyn Friends School) – 2:04.50 in 200 IM
    • Tyr Hondorf (Oak Ridge, Tenn. / Oak Ridge) – 5:09.97 in 500 free


  • On the first day of action, the Brandeis women's divers accounted for 15 points in the one-meter event.
  • Rookie Tessa Carreiro (New Bedford, Mass. / New Bedford) led the way in 19th place with a score of 258.90.
  • Junior Julia Tartaglia (Newton, Mass. / Newton South) was 20th with a score of 257.65.
  • Senior Genna Karp (Springfield, N.J. / Golda Och Academy)  was 21st with a mark of 193.85.
  • Senior Sam Zucker (Omaha, Neb./Anderson) placed 13th for the men in the 3-meter event with a score of 326.45.


  • The men had their 200 free relay finish in sixth place in the finals, as the team of sophomore Tamir Zitelny (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset), Wohl, Ohno-Machado and fellow first-year Chase Chen (Villanova, Penn. / The Hill School) turned in a time of 1:25.66 in the finals, half a second ahead of Rochester and a full second ahead of Case Western Reserve. The time was the fastest under head coach Mike Kotch in the event and 0.25 seconds off the school record set in 2005.
  • The women's best performance was in the 400 medley relay, where Sheinhait swam anchor for rookies Audrey Kim (Livingston, N.J. / Livingston), Annie Huang (Chapel Hill, N.C. / East Chapel Hill) and Rachel Goldblatt (Atlanta, GA / Galloway School). They finished seventh in 4:02.97.


  • Both squads were in eighth place after Day 1.
  • The men had 157 points, 45 behind Rochester.
  • The women were 22.5 points behind Case Western Reserve with 153.5 points, and just one more point behind sixth-place Rochester.