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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The 18th Maccabiah Games recently concluded, and there was a distinct Bison spirit in Israel, as two current Bucknell students and two recent alumni went to the medal stand.
Oarsman Mike Katin, Class of '11, and his American teammates captured a pair of gold medals by winning the Men's 4- and Men's 2- events. In the pairs final, Katin and Jeremy Serkin won by more than 5 seconds over Israel's Shmuel Zolatriov and Anton Vinokur. In the fours, Katin, Serkin, Ryan Strauss and Peter Morelli were more than 20 seconds faster than the runners-up from Israel. Katin, a rising junior who majors in neuroscience, is a member of the Bucknell men's club-varsity rowing team.
Bryan Cohen, Class of '12, represented Bucknell on the gold-medal-winning men's basketball team. The United States team, coached by Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl, bested defending champion Israel 95-86 in overtime to capture the gold. The U.S. posted a 5-1 record in Israel. Cohen, a member of the 2009 Patriot League All-Rookie Team, scored in double figures in four of those six games, with a high of 18 points against Russia.
Former Bucknell water polo teammates Aaron Platshon and Brad Roslyn, both Class of '06, were reunited at the Maccabiah Games. The duo helped Team USA garner a silver medal. The U.S. posted preliminary wins over Mexico, Brazil, Canada and Israel, then lost 10-8 in the rematch with Israel in the final. At Bucknell, Platshon and Roslyn were three-time All-CWPA performers, and both shared the 2005 Scott Schulte Award, which is given to "the individuals who contribute the most to Bucknell water polo." Platshon's two brothers, Scott and Kevin, were also on the U.S. Team.
Sometimes referred to as the "Jewish Olympics," the Maccabiah Games are held every four years in Israel, attracting the most outstanding Jewish athletes from around the world. As one of the largest elite competitions, the Maccabiah has grown to over 9,000 athletes from over 50 countries, making it the third-largest sports event in the world.
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