The USA’s Dan Madwed Blasts a 1:58.15 200m Fly to Highlight Day One of Maccabiah Games

KFAR NETTER, ISRAEL, July 10. DANIEL MADWED smashed the Maccabiah Games record in the men's 200-meter butterfly to highlight the first day of swimming competition at the 17th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem, Israel today.

The 16-year-old Americn split 56.65 on his way to a 1:58.15 effort – his first time under the two-minute barrier and a time that is faster than both U.S. World Championship qualifiers. "The time ranks Daniel 13th in the world," said a delighted U.S. Head Coach Seth Baron.

Five Games records were set in the eight events swum today, as Israel won five events, the U.S. took three and those two countries accounted for all of the medals won this day.

Other Games records were set by:

Danit Kama (ISR), who went 2:18.36 in the women's 200-meter backstroke; Yoav Gat (ISR), 2:02.66 in the men's 200-meter backstroke; Anya Gostomelski (ISR), 57.62 in the women's 100-meter freestyle; and Bryan Goldberg (USA), 50.96 in the prelims of the 100 free.

The other winners were:

Rebecca Smock (USA), 2:21.37 in the women's 200m fly; Asala Halag (ISR), 2:46.93 in the women's 200m breast; Tom Beeri (ISR), 2:19.27 in the men's 200 breast, just nipping teammate Danny Melnik, 2:19.82; and Bryan Goldberg (USA), 51.06 in the men's 100m free, only .03 ahead of Israel's Shai Livnat. Two-time Olympian and U.S. team captain, Scott Goldblatt, was third in 52.04.

Compiled by Phil Whitten and staff reports


200 Fly – Women
Gold: Rebecca Smock – USA: 2:21.37
Silver: Yarden Sher – ISR: 2:22.22
Bronze: Sheri Mazri – ISR: 2:22.23

200 Fly – Men
Gold: Daniel Madwed – USA: 1:58.15 – New Maccabiah Record
Silver: Erez Feren – ISR: 2:01.31
Bronze: Max Jaben – USA: 2:03.18
4th: Nadav Kochavi – ISR: 2:03.78
5th: Meir Hasbani – USA: 2:03.82

200 Back – Women
Gold: Danit Kama – ISR: 2:18.36 – New Maccabiah Record
Silver: Segal Simsolo – ISR: 2:22.87
Bronze: Payton Johnson – USA: 2:25.14
5th: Sarah Goodman – USA: 2:26.81

200 Back – Men
Gold: Yoav Gat – ISR: 2:02.66 – New Maccabiah Record
Silver: Itay Chammah – ISR: 2:05.72
Bronze: Josh Hafkin – USA: 207.59
4th: Jonatan Strauss – USA: 2:09.77

200 Breast – Women
Gold: Asala Halag – ISR: 2:46.93
Silver: Lauren Fuchs – ISR: 2:47.14
Bronze: Rebecca Smock – USA: 2:48.71

200 Breast – Men
Gold: Tom Beeri – ISR: 2:19.27
Silver: Dany Melnik – ISR: 2:19.82
Bronze: Dan Velez – USA: 2:20.98
4th: Billy Jamerson – USA: 2:23.09

100 Free – Women
Gold: Anya Gostomelski – ISR: 57.62 – New Maccabiah Record
Silver: Maya Finkler – ISR: 58.05
Bronze: Payton Johnson – USA: 59.24
5th: Natanya Harper – USA: 1:00.00
6th: Danielle Arad – USA: 1:00.84

100 Free – Men
Gold: Bryan Goldberg – USA: 51.06 (50.96 – prelims) New Maccabiah Record
Silver: Shai Livnat – ISR: 51.09
Bronze: Scott Goldblatt – USA: 52.04
5th: Evan Raheasuer – USA: 54.16

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