CHICAGO – The University of Chicago was well-represented at the 20th World Maccabiah Games, as a trio of Maroon student-athletes took part in the two-week competition from July 4-18.
A total of 8,750 Jewish athletes from 80 countries made the journey to the Maccabiah Games, which is held in Israel every four years. The Games were established in 1932, with more than 62,000 participant athletes to date.
Tali Naibryf was part of the United States delegation in the track and field sprint events. A rising junior on UChicago's women's track team, Naibryf took home a silver medal while running a leg of the 4x100-meter relay that finished in 49.35. On her second day of running events, she set a new personal record in the 200 meters by crossing the line in 27.11. Naibryf also ran the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:11.
In the pool, incoming freshman swimmer Morgan Wolfe also made an impression by placing top 10 in five different long-course races. The New York native had a trio of sixth-place showings in the 400-meter IM, 400-meter freestyle and 1,500-meter freestyle. He also finished eighth in the 200-meter freestyle and ninth in the 200-meter butterfly.
Alyssa Rudin took to the tennis courts and played in women's open singles, women's open doubles and mixed doubles. The rising sophomore advanced furthest in singles and mixed doubles, where she reached the Round of 16 in both draws.