June 13, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Freshman Gabriella Serure (Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades HS) of the University of Michigan water polo team has been selected to represent the United States at this summer's 19th World Maccabiah Games. Serure was one of 12 players, including four CWPA representatives, named to the U.S. women's squad.
The Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 18-30 in Israel, is the third-largest international sporting event in the world, drawing more than 7,000 athletes representing 60 countries. The event features the best Jewish athletes of all ages and backgrounds participating in an Olympic-style competition in Israel every four years.
Serure appeared in 21 games in her rookie campaign, posting six goals, four assists and two steals. In high school, she was twice named a NISCA/Speedo Girls All-America second team selection (2011, 2012), along with earning a USA Water Polo All-Academic nod in 2011. Selected to the Miami Herald All-Dade County first (2011, 2012) and second team (2010), she contributed to Ransom Everglades' four Florida state championship titles.
Incoming women's swimming freshman Julia Fiks Salem (São Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) will compete for the Brazilian team. Fiks Salem won four medals (bronze in 50-meter freestyle, silver in 100-meter backstroke, gold on two relays) at the 2012 Brazilian Junior National Championships and was a Olympic Trials semifinalist in the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter backstroke.
A trio of former Wolverines round out the Michigan contigent. Stu Douglass (2009-12), who spent the last year playing professional basketball in Pamplona, Spain, will compete with the U.S. men's team, while former U-M ice hockey players Billy Jaffe (1988) and Eric Nystrom (2002-05) will represent the United States at the Maccabiah Games as head coach and assistant coach, respectively, of the U.S. ice hockey team. Michigan director of hockey operations Josh Richelew will serve as the team's manager.
Contact: Leah Howard (734) 763-4423