Baltimore pair dominates the waters MACCABI GAMES

August 30, 1992|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Staff Writer

A veteran and a rookie of the Jewish Community Centers' North American Maccabi Youth Games made a lot of waves in the swimming competition last week at UMBC.

Chris Kaplan and Brett Rubin, both of the Baltimore team, took home a combined 11 medals in the Maccabi Games, leaving the rest of the competition behind.

Kaplan, 16, competed in the Maccabi Games in Detroit last year, where he won two silver (200-meter butterfly and 200 backstroke) and two bronze medals (400 individual medley and 500 freestyle) in the 15-16 age division.

This year, he won a gold, three silvers and a bronze medal, with the gold coming in his specialty -- the 500 freestyle.

Kaplan said his times of 4 minutes, 18.62 seconds in the 400 IM and 2:00.95 in the 200 backstroke were his personal bests.

"I was nervous in the 500 free because I was seeded first and I really wanted to win," said Kaplan, who finished in 4:48.39.

"I thought he was going to ace it," said Baltimore delegation coach Mitch Greenberg about Kaplan's 500 freestyle final, which he won by a touch over at the wall. "He just really pulled it out -- that shows a lot of character."

Rubin, a 14-year-old incoming freshman at McDonogh School, won four gold medals this week in the 400 IM, 200 IM and the 100 and 200 breaststroke in the 13-14 division.

In his two favorite events, the 400 IM and 200 breaststroke, Rubin won by margins of 14 and nine seconds, respectively.

"When you're seeded first you want to hold your position," said Rubin, who taught himself to swim by watching others and copying their strokes. "It feels good when you're in the driver's seat."

Rubin, who swims for the Retrievers Aquatic Club at UMBC, hopes to make the varsity swim team at McDonogh and hopes his performance this week was good enough to qualify for the 1993 Maccabiah World Games in Israel.

"His stroke is perfect and his endurance is beyond belief," Greenberg said. "Every time he swam he did a better time than before."

Kaplan, who swims for North Baltimore Aquatic Club, made Loyola's varsity team as a freshman, and this year won the 500 freestyle in the MSA "A" Conference Championships. Loyola and Calvert Hall tied for the conference title.

Making waves

The Maccabi Games results of Brett Rubin (13-14 division) and Chris Kaplan (15-16) of the Baltimore delegation:

BRETT RUBIN Event.. .. .. .... .. .. Time.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Medal

ind. medley.. .. .. 4:30.84.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Gold

200 backstroke.. .. .. .2:10.52.. ... .. .. .. .. .Bronze

200 freestyle.. .. .. ..1:56.99.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Bronze

100 breaststroke.. .. ..1:05.27.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Gold

200 ind. medley.. .. .. 2:06.89.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Gold

200 breaststroke.. .. ..2:21.71.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Gold

CHRIS KAPLAN Event.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Time.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Medal

ind. medley.. .. .. 4:18.62.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Silver

200 backstroke.. .. .. .2:00.95.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Silver

200 freestyle.. .. .. ..1:49.92.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Bronze

500 freestyle.. .. .. ..4:48.39.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Gold

200 butterfly.. .. .. ..2:04.94.. .. .. .. .. .. ..Silver

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