Cruz, Spicer pace Brandeis women on Day 3 of UAA swimming

Lauren Cruz '16 and Holly Spicer '13 (photos by Sportspix.biz/Jan Volk)

CHICAGO, Ill – On the third day of the University Athletic Association swimming and diving championships, the Brandeis men and women had three scoring performances from individuals.

On the women's side, the Judges had a pair of swimmers finish in 21st place in their respective events. Rookie Lauren Cruz (Redmond, Wash. / Hamilton East-Steinert) was the last person to qualify for the top 24 in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.09. She shaved nearly two seconds off that time in the 'C' Finals, with her 1:01.41 in the evening session improving by three spots. In the process, Cruz turned in the second-fastest time in Brandeis history in the event.

In the 100-yard breaststroke, senior Holly Spicer (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) swam a time of 1:10.60 in the prelims and 1:11:11 in the finals to capture four points for Brandeis.  Cruz and Spicer, along with rookies Eden Shoshan (Fairfield, Conn. / Fairfield Warde) and Fallon Bushee (Malden, Mass. / Mystic Valley Regional Charter School), placed sixth in the 200-yard medley relay, Brandeis's best relay performance of the meet. At the end of the third day of competition, the Judges sat in eighth place with 140 points.

On the men's side, sophomore Max Fabian (Keene, N.H./Oak Meadow) continued his fine UAA debut as the squad's only individual scorer on the day. In the prelims, Fabian just missed making his first 'B' Final with a time of 4:12.95, fifteen-hundredths of a second out of the top 16. In the finals, his time of 4:11.42 was faster than three competitors in that 'B' final race. He ended up 18th overall after turning in the third-fastest time in school history, earning seven points. Brandeis also scored with a seventh-place finish in the 200 medley relay as senior Niko Karkantis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough), rookie David Lazarovich (Stowe, Vt. / South Burlington), rookie Brian Luk (Hong Kong/Northfield Mount Hermon) and senior Jared Goldman (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y. / Cold Spring Harbor) turned in a time of 1:43.11. Brandeis ended the day in eighth place with 241 points.