Maccabiah Gold For Trojans|
Aug. 5, 2013
USC water polo had three representatives travel to Israel this summer to compete for the United States at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. USC senior and 2013 NCAA champion Madeline Rosenthal was named MVP as she helped the USA women's team win gold. The U.S. men's team also claimed gold, with help from former Trojans Devon and Spencer Borisoff.
Read Maddy's blog about the amazing experience at the Maccabiah Games below:
Hello Trojan Family! I have just returned back to the States from my time in Israel, where I had the time of my life and was able to play some water polo! I was selected during the spring to represent the USA at the 19th World Maccabiah Games. The Maccabiah Games, which is the third largest sporting event in the world, is held in Israel once every four years. Many people refer to it as the "Jewish Olympics", and that's pretty much what it is. Jews from countries all over the world gather in Israel to compete against each other, as well as celebrate our culture.
The Maccabiah Games were a once in a lifetime experience for me. It was incredible seeing thousands of people of my same heritage being brought together through sport. I met rugby players from Australia, swimmers from Great Britain, field hockey players from Argentina, and many other amazing athletes. I was lucky in that my team was a great group of girls.
My teammates have played at universities all over the country, including Brown, University of Michigan, San Diego State, and even UCLA. In the water polo portion of the Maccabiah, our biggest competitiors were Hungary and Israel. It was incredible seeing the different styles of play from all over the world. It even gave me an appreciation for the program here at SC and all the water polo knowledge that our coaching staff shares with us. I'm proud to say that we came home with gold medals after coming out on top of a close game against Israel. The atmosphere during the final game was pretty incredible. The men's water polo and rugby teams came out to support us, in addition to several other American fans, but they were no match to all the Israelis that came to cheer on their national team. The pool deck was loud and exhilarating. It was a really fun game to play in.
In our down time the men's and women's water polo teams travelled all over Israel, taking in sights such as the Dead Sea, Old town Jerusalem, and the beaches of Tel Aviv. I had the most amazing time and was sad to leave. I would recommend traveling to Israel to anyone who would listen and hope to return again! Who knows, maybe for the 20th Maccabiah Games!
As I return to the States, I look back on what could possibly be the best summer of my life. Between winning the national championship in May with a team comprised of all my best friends, to traveling to Israel to win a gold medal and have a chance to represent my country, it's safe to say I've been on cloud nine for a while now. I'm excited for my senior season and look forward to bringing this momentum into the new year!
FIGHT ON & SHALOM!!!