NEW YORK, N.Y.— The talents of Columbia women's swimming rising junior Jessica Antiles will be on display at the 2017 Maccabiah games in Israel, which will be held from July 4-18.
Antiles is one of 24 swimmers selected to represent the USA in the Maccabiah games. She will compete in the 200IM and 400IM for team USA, as well as other events that she will find out when she arrives in Israel.
“It is really such an honor to have been selected for the team and to be able to take part in such an amazing event,” Antiles said.
The Maccabiah games, which are held every four years, are the world's third-largest sporting event. About 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries will compete in the 43-sport Olympic style competition.
Antiles will be joined by a pair of Ivy League swimmers on team USA, with Valerie Yoshimura from Harvard and Charlotte Rosenberg from Brown. She is also excited to be teammates with Anthony Ervin, who won the Olympic gold medal in the 50-freestyle in Rio.
In preparation for the games, Antiles has been training 1-2 times a day, swimming with assistant coach Demerae Christianson at Columbia in the morning, and then either at Riverbank park or at home in South Orange, N.J. with her club team in the afternoon.
“Columbia has really prepared me for this,” Antiles said. “I am really honored and just looking forward to the experience.”