NETANYA, ISRAEL -- Michael Wohl, a rising junior on the Johns Hopkins men's swim team, has won gold at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Netanya, Israel. Wohl is competing in his second straight games as a member of Team USA.
The Maccabiah is the world's largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition and values of Maccabi, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabiah takes place every four years in Israel - "the Jewish Olympics" as they are often called, are Maccabi World Union's largest and most famous enterprise. The principal mission of the Maccabiah is to facilitate a worldwide gathering of young Jewish athletes in Israel, staging the highest possible levels of sports competitions, and strengthening their connection to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.
Wohl is the latest in a long line of Johns Hopkins swimmers that have competed internationally. Most recently, 2017 graduates Andy Greenhalgh and Evan Holder competed at the 2017 World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, IN this past June. Last August, 2015 graduate Ana Bogdanovski swam for Team Macedonia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Wohl won gold as a member of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. He also competed in the 100 and 200 Fly, as well as the 50, 100, 200, 400 and 1500 Free. Wohl placed fourth in the 200m Free (1:55.15) and seventh in the 1500m Free (17:39.58). He also had a top 15 finishes in the 100m Fly (14th) and 400m Free (12th).
Wohl earned five All-America honors at the 2017 NCAA Championships in Shenandoah, TX. He swam the anchor leg on both the 200 and 800 Free Relays that claimed silver at the championships. He also earned a bronze medal as the anchor leg of the 400 Medley Relay. Wohl also grabbed five All-America honors in 2016, including a silver medal in the 800 Free Relay.