MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE JUNIORS SWIMMING TEAM FOR THE 14TH PAN AMERICAN MACCABI GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 15, 2019 – Maccabi USA Swimming Chair Alan Tresser along with Head Coach Marlene Bruten is pleased to announce the Juniors Swimming Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

Head Coach Bruten grew up swimming at the Centro Deportivo Israelita (CDI), also known as the JCC in Mexico City, Mexico. Many of the competitions will take place at the CDI this summer. At ages 14 and 17, she competed in the 1985 and 1989 Maccabiah Games winning silver and bronze medals. At 18, she accomplished a dream and competed as a member of the Mexico Delegation at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, placing 19th in the overall competition. She is excited to be part of the USA delegation for the first time this summer. The athletes are Anna Abrams of Hopewell Junction, NY; Arthur Abrams of Hopewell Junction. NY; Rotem Andegeko of Grand Rapids, MI; Brooke Barlow of Metamora, IL: Elliot Berman of Wayzata, MN; Leila Brooks of Belmont, MA; Elijah Feret of Niskayuna, NY; Sarah Green of New York, NY; Manning Haskal of North Hollywood, CA; Lexi Kaufman of New York, NY; Evan Klein of New York, NY; Pearl Kluger of Williamsburg, VA: Ariel Oppenheim of Wellesley Hills, MA; Bruno Overstreet of Healdsburg, CA; Ryan Pinsker of Los Angeles, CA; Norah Polonsky of Buffalo Grove, IL; Miles Tresser of Placerville, CA; Rebecca Weiss of Rockwall, TX; and Samuel Welks of Harrisburg, PA.

The Games are hosted by the Confederacion Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM). They are conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union and are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora.

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.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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