NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Rising junior Jacqui Levere wrapped up a very successful performance at the 2013 Maccabiah Games, winning one gold and two bronze medals. She was part of the U.S. relay team that finished first in the 4x200m freestyle relay and won individual bronze medals in the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke.
Levere, who won the M. Davies Award for outstanding performance in breaststroke swimming this past season, showed off her skill in that discipline, winning a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke, her first event of the Games. She finished the final in a time of 2:41.69, a personal-best.
Although she specializes in the breaststroke at Yale, Levere swam her way into the final of the 100-meter butterfly event, where she finished sixth with a personal-best time of 1:05.86. In her next race, the 100-meter breaststroke, she earned another bronze medal, finishing in 1:15:73, another personal-best. In fact, over her five events, Levere set five new personal-best times.
Levere qualified third in her heat for the 200-meter individual medley in a time of 2:28.29, but was unable to crack the medals in the final. In her last race of the competition, however, Levere was part of the U.S. team that claimed victory in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, finishing ahead of host nation Israel in a time of 8:23.89.
Her performance at the 19th Maccabiah Games brings her career medal haul to eight. In addition to the gold and two bronzes she won this year, Levere won two gold medals and three silvers in 2009 while competing in the junior events.
Report filed by Lyon Van Voorhis '15, Yale Sports Publicity.