Members of the U.S. swimming team far outclassed other participants in the 12th Maccabiah Games, picking up 29 of the 36 medals awarded in Wednesday's and today's competitions, 11 of them gold. Washington area swimmers won two bronze medals and a Rockville, Md., shooter won a silver.
In the 100-meter breastroke, Beth Spector of Silver Spring, Md., won her second bronze of the Games with a time of 1:18.46. Shannon Orcutt of Mission Viejo, Calif., broke the Maccabiah record in 1:16.04 to take the gold and Ruth Grodsky of Timonium, Md., was second in 1:17.23.
In the men's 100 freestyle, Thomas Pereles of Potomac, Md., won the bronze, finishing behind Seth Baron of Auburn, Ala., and Paul Fisch of Meadowbrook, Pa.
In the rifle finals for women, Julie Lang of Rockville won a silver medal with 554 points, finishing behind Joelle Feffer of Canada (567 points).
In other results, Brett Rose of Doylestown, Pa., won a gold in the 400-meter individual medley in 4:34.29, breaking the Maccabiah record set in 1981 by Michael Saphir of the United States (4:38.36).
Three U.S. women swimmers swept the medals in today's 400-meter freestyle. Cheryl Kriegsman of Los Angeles won in a Maccabiah record 4:22.04. Second was Sarah Rudolph of Tacoma, Wash., in 4:23.72, followed by Tara Kreidman of El Toro, Calif., 4:24.33
Another U.S. winner was Daniel Simkowitz in the men's 200-meter backstroke in 2:07.96. Rick Aronberg of Fairport, N.Y., won the silver in 2:10.52 and Rose the bronze in 2:12.31.