CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (July 3) – Former MIT water polo standout student-athlete Ory Tasman '16 (Orlando, Fla.) has been chosen to compete for Team USA at the 20th World Maccabi Games, which will take place from July 4 – July 18, 2017 in Israel. Tasman, who is currently the women's collegiate club water polo coach at the University of Central Florida, will join the USA Water Polo team in his first-ever Maccabiah Games this summer.
Tasman, a three-time ACWPC All-American during his four years at MIT, finished his career with 317 goals, which ranks first in the record book. Tasman also holds the top-two records for most goals in a season with 105 (2014) and 80 (2015) and sits second in the record book for most steals in program history with 137. During his time at MIT, he led the Engineers to a CWPA Division III Championship crown and to 54 wins.
Tasman and the USA Water Polo team open play on Wednesday, July 5 against Germany and will also take on Israel (July 9), Mexico (July 10), Canada (July 11), Brazil (July 13) and Hungary (July 14) in the preliminary round and then if the team finishes with the first or second best records will play on Sunday, July 16 in the Gold Medal match and if they are third or fourth will vie for the Bronze earlier the same day. This year will mark the largest Maccabiah Games ever as it is expected that 10,000 athletes and 22,000 fans from more than 80 countries will take part in and watch the games this summer.
The U.S. water polo team finished first at the last Maccabiah Games, in 2013, by defeating host Israel, 9-3, in the Gold Medal match.
Maccabi World Union is the largest and longest running Jewish sports organization spanning over five continents, more than 60 countries, 450 clubs, and 400,000 members. MWU is a Zionist organization that utilizes sports as a means to bring Jewish people of all ages closer to Judaism and Israel in addition to various informal educational activities in a manner that surpasses politics and sectarianism. Many Maccabi clubs serve as community centers and youth movements providing a diversity of educational, cultural, social and sports activities under one roof. In addition, Maccabi has its unique international signature activity in Jewish sports, the Maccabiah Games in Israel which take place every 4 years.
Be sure to check back to the website over the next few weeks as we receive updates from Ory and the entire USA water polo team and their experiences playing overseas in the Maccabiah Games.