Team Santa Monica swimmers Andi Murez, 17, and Zak Murez, 19, have been selected to be members of the United States swimming team that will compete in the 18th Maccabiah Games this summer.

The World Maccabi Games provide a venue for athletes of Jewish heritage from around the world to compete in an Olympic-style event.

This year the competition will be staged in Israel, starting July 12th and concluding July 23rd.

“It’s my first Maccabiah team and I’m excited to represent the U.S. team along with my brother in Israel,” Andi Murez said.

Andi Murez, a Venice High School senior, has been riding a wave of success since qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Swimming Trials last June. After swimming in the Summer Junior Nationals in Minneapolis she was selected as a member of the U.S. Swimming National Junior Team, which will compete in Vancouver, Canada in May. She has committed to attend swimming powerhouse Stanford University this fall.

Zak Murez graduated from Venice High in 2006 and is finishing up his second year at Yale University. He is a member of the Yale swim team and recently competed in the competitive Harvard-Yale-Princeton tri-meet.

“I am excited to go meet fellow Jews from around the world and represent Team USA in swimming,” said Zak Murez, who competed on a U.S. Maccabi team in Santiago, Chile in 2003.

Team Santa Monica is a nonprofit swimming club that serves Santa Monica and its surrounding areas. The team trains daily at the Santa Monica Swim Center and the Culver City Plunge.

Information, www.teamsantamonica.org/.

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