Men's swimming turns in some fine performances on Day One of WPI Invitational

Men's swimming turns in some fine performances on Day One of WPI Invitational
Edan Zitelny '17 (photo by Sportspix.biz/Jan Volk)

WORCESTER, Mass. -- On the first day of action at the Gompei Invitational hosted by WPI, the Brandeis University men's swimming and diving team had seven top-10 performances, including a pair of silver medalists.

Earning runner-up finishes were rookie Edan Zitelny (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) and junior Max Fabian (Keene, N.H./Oak Meadow). Zitelny was second in the 200-yard backstroke woth a time of 1:59.88, seven seconds off the winning and pool-record time established by a swimmer from host WPI. Fabian took second place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.13, which was five seconds behind an Engineer swimmer. 

As a team, the Judges' best event on the day was the 200-yard individual medley. In that event, they had three of the top 12 performances. Leading the way was Zitelny, who came in sixth with a time of 2:00.51. Sophomore David Lazarovich (Stowe, Vt./South Burlington) was 11th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.32, which was actually the ninth-fastest of the finals, winning the B final with a time faster than two swimmers who made the A race. Fabian was 12th in the event with a time of 2:05.27, the 10th fastest time.

Fabian (9th in 100 breast, 1:06.99) and Zitelny (18th, 100 fly, 56.86) finished with three scoring appearances. Sophomore Brian Luk (Hong Kong/Northfield Mount Hermon) was the only Brandeis swimmer to reach three A finals, all in sprint events. He placed fifth in the 50 free (21.73 seconds) and sixth in the 50 butterfly (24.59 seconds) and the 100 fly (53.99 seconds). 

Lazarovich added a second scoring event with a time of 1:03.69 in the 100 breaststroke, which placed 11 by winning the B final, and was the eighth-fastest time. He was also part of the Judges' top relay performance in the 400 medley relay, which came in fifth with a time of 3:45.00, swimming the breaststroke leg. Also on the relay were Zitelny, Luk and rookie Eb Weber (Murray, Ky./Murray)

As a team, the Judges sat in fifth place at the meet after Day One with 590 points.