Philadelphia, Pa. (May 31) - MIT first-year Miller Geschke (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) as well as alums Ory Tasman '16 and Daniel Yahalomi '18 have all been selected to compete on the Open Water Polo Team at the 15th European Maccabi Games which will take place July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
The Open Water Polo Team, which will be led by Joey Gullikson, the University of Pacific Associate Head Coach for Men's and Women's Water Polo, is comprised of 11 athletes from across the country. In total, Maccabi USA will bring a team of 200+ athletes who will join the other 2,000 Jewish athletes from 29 countries, participating in 22 different sports.
Geschke, an American Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-American and Northeast Water Polo Conference (NWPC) All-Conference selection in 2018, led the Engineers with 58 goals, 28 assists and 86 points this season. Defensively, the first-year notched 22 steals, a pair of blocks and drew 14 ejections in 23 games. He also guided MIT to its first-ever NWPC Tournament victory, to its best finish in the NWPC playoffs in program history and to a No. 2 ranking in the Collegiate Water Polo Association's (CWPA) Division III national poll.
Yahalomi, a two-time ACWPC All-Academic honoree, posted 12 career goals and six assists with the Engineers from 2014-17, while Tasman, an ACWPC All-American in 2015 and two-time All-Conference selection, holds the single season record and career record for goals as he posted 317 from 2012-15 with the Engineers.
The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the European Maccabi Confederation and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held.
Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community. Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.
Head Coach - Joey Gullikson (University of the Pacific)
Spencer Cutrow - UCLA ('18)
Michael Dworsky - Stanford ('18)
Matthew Epstein - Los Angeles Valley College
Adam Florman - Foothills High School
Miller Geschke - MIT
Adam Greenberg - University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana ('10)
Wesley Kading - Los Angeles Athletic Club
Ory Tasman - MIT ('16)
Isaac Thorman - Wesleyan University
Daniel Yahalomi - MIT ('18)