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Americans Swimming Their Way to Gold Medals at Maccabiah

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The Americans continued to swim their way to gold medals at the 13th Maccabiah here Monday.

Jenny Susser and Ruth Grodsky led the way in the Tel Aviv University pool.

Susser added the 50-meter freestyle gold to her 200-and 100-meters victories.

Grodsky, a returning Maccabiah medalist, matched her winning performance in the 400-meter individual medley with top prize in the 200-meter event.

A recent graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina, she announced that this will be her last official swimming competition. But not before setting another Maccabiah record for the Americans in the 4-by-100-meter women’s medley relay.

Samuel Schwartz did the same in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 4-by-200-meter men’s freestyle relay.

American competitors had a good day in the track-and-field events at Ramat Gan Stadium, despite a strong performance by Israel.

Todd Kaufman, who is a deputy sheriff in San Jose, Calif., added the shot put to his victory in the discus throw.

North Carolina star Scott Morris set a Maccabiah record for his 14.74 performance in the 100-meter high hurdles, while American Samantha Lincoln took top honors in the long jump.

Sandy Combs of the United States won eight medals in the sprint events, in both the 1985 and 1989 Maccabiah competitions.

The United States stayed the course for its Wednesday night basketball showdown against Israel by swamping Belgium 142-64. In softball, a 9-3 victory over Venezuela put the Americans in position for their gold medal game with Canada on Tuesday.

The U.S. women’s volleyball team kept its medal hopes alive with a straight set victory over Belgium. But the men’s team fell before Argentina.

The Americans beat Canada in rugby 33-3 and scored a 3-1 overtime victory in soccer against Uruguay, which keeps them in the running for bronze, silver and gold medals.

In tennis, two U.S. doubles teams reached the semi-finals.

Carla Marshack, 18, earned a silver medal in the women’s single badminton competition. The United States took a bronze medal in the badminton team event.

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