CHICOPEE, Mass. – Elms College men’s volleyball seniors Daniel Bondarovsky (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Gabriel Reis Levy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) took home gold medals with Team Brazil at the 2017 Maccabiah Games, hosted in Israel, over the summer.
The Maccabiah Games, also known as the Jewish Olympics, is an international Jewish and Israeli multi-sport event held in Israel, beginning in 1932. It is the third-largest sporting event in the world, with 10,000 athletes representing 85 countries in 45 sports every four years. The 2017 Maccabiah Games, also known as the 20th Maccabiah Games, were held in July 2017.
IUP men’s freshman swimmer Rodrigo Feller (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Colegio Santo Ivo) racked up 19 medals as he represented Brazil at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile. The 2015 Games began on Dec. 26 and wrapped up on Jan. 5.
The Pan American Maccabi Games are held every four years in a country in the Americas and is sponsored by the Latin American Maccabi Confederation (CLAM). Participants include athletes representing North, Central and South America, Israel and other countries throughout the Diaspora.
One of the main missions is to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish Pride, strengthening Jewish bonds, and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish Identity.
Feller’s impressive medal total included nine gold, seven silver and three bronze medals. His gold medals came in the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle; the 50, 100, and 200 breaststroke; the 200 and 400 individual medley; and the 200 backstroke.
The freshman has also succeeded in his first year of competition for the Crimson Hawks with three Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying times in the 200 butterfly, and the 200 and 400 individual medley.
APPLETON Wis. – Freshman Gabriel Souza (FR/Teresopolis, Brazil) gained sole possession of two single-season school records Saturday as Cornell’s men’s tennis team split a Midwest Conference double dual in the Badger State.
The Rams breezed to a 9-0 victory over Ripon, but then were edged 5-4 by Lawrence in a battle for the fourth and final spot into next weekend’s MWC Team Tournament.
Cornell (13-10 overall, 4-4 MWC) dropped to fifth place in the league standings heading into Sunday’s 9 a.m. regular-season finale at St. Norbert (6-7 overall, 3-4 MWC).
Souza continued an outstanding rookie campaign with three more victories on Saturday. The Brazilian improved his overall record to 40-10, passing Scott Tolliver (37 wins in 2002) for most total wins in a season by a Cornell men’s player.
Souza also climbed to No. 1 on the school’s all-time list for doubles wins in a season after an 8-0 thumping with partner Tucker Barnes (SO/Flower Mound, Texas) in the Ripon meet. Souza now stands 20-5 in doubles action, breaking the previous mark of 19 wins shared by Garrett Russikoff (2010, 2011) and Zack Heindel (2002).
Souza will have a chance to break Tolliver’s season record of 20 singles wins in Sunday’s St. Norbert dual. He won both of his matches at No. 1 singles Saturday to improve to 20-5.
The Rams couldn’t overcome a big early deficit in the Lawrence dual. The Vikings (12-9 overall, 6-3 MWC) swept all three doubles matches, and then picked up two singles wins at the bottom of the lineup.
Cornell claimed the top four singles bouts with wins from Souza (7-6, 6-4), Thomas Weiss(SR/Fairfield, Iowa) (6-1, 3-6, 6-3), Barnes (6-2, 7-5) and Corey Duncan (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) (6-4, 6-4). At No. 5, Cornell’s Tom Greene (FR/Freeport, Ill.) dropped a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 battle while Alex Rand (FR/Des Moines, Iowa) fell 6-2, 6-3 at No. 6.
Souza and Barnes lost for just the fourth time as No. 1 doubles teammates, 8-5. Lawrence also took doubles wins at No. 2 (8-4) and No. 3 (8-1).
Upper Iowa University – Gabriel Caetano – 2015
All-MIAA Second Team… MIAA Academic Honor Roll… started and played in 16 games… tallied four assists on the year… had three assists in a four game stretch from Oct. 11 to Oct. 23… took 30 shots, put 17 on frame.
Attended Colegio Dom Oton Mota