NETANYA, Israel – Blue Devil swimmers excelled in a number of events this week at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel. Leah Goldman, Judd Howard and Noah Stevens all represented the United States, competing July 9-12 at The Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports.
Goldman, a rising senior who served as a banner bearer for Maccabi USA at last Thursday’s opening ceremonies, claimed a pair of gold medals as a member of the 800-meter freestyle and 400 medley relay teams. Swimming as the anchor leg on the 400 medley relay Wednesday, she helped the group come from behind to take first and set a Maccabiah Games record. She also set a meet record along with the 800 freestyle relay and helped the 400 freestyle relay garner a silver medal.
Individually, Goldman started off the meet by winning a silver medal in the 100 freestyle Sunday. She clocked a lifetime best 56.14 in finals. The Burlingame, Calif., native added a silver Wednesday in the 200 individual medley (2:16.60) and earned bronze Monday in the 100 butterfly (1:00.86) and Tuesday in the 100 backstroke (1:04.12).
In his second Maccabiah Games appearance, Howard captured gold in the 200 individual medley while setting a meet record in the event finals Wednesday at 2:02.83. The rising junior also took bronze in the 200 freestyle (1:52.34), 100 breaststroke (1:02.20) and 200 breaststroke and won gold as a member of the 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays. The 800 freestyle relay established a Maccabiah Games record in its gold medal performance.
Stevens represented the U.S. in several events as well, placing sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:24.93). He also clocked 58.30 in the 100 butterfly preliminaries, 1:04.94 in the 100 breaststroke preliminaries and 2:14.91 in the 200 individual medley preliminaries.
Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA's success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.
Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community. Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.