[Posted Aug. 1, 2016] The Uni connection to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has deepened with the daughter of a Uni grad named to the Israeli swim team.
Pictured above: Andi Murez (Photo courtesy Wikipedia, by BAswim: Own work, CC BY 4.0)
Andi Murez, 24, is a decorated swimmer who won All-American honors at Stanford and represented the U.S. in several international competitions before changing her affiliation to Israel. Her mother, Melanie (Goodman) Murez, graduated from Uni in 1974 and was a member of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee (LAOOC) in the language services department for the 1984 Games.
Melanie Murez and her husband Jim are native Angelenos and live in Marina del Rey. Their son Zack and daughter Andi (born Andrea) both swam competitively, with Andi becoming an accomplished swimmer at Venice High School, then at Stanford and now on the international circuit.
Melanie sent an excited message to dozens of her LAOOC friends last week as the Games drew near:
I am getting ready to leave for Rio to watch my daughter, Andrea Murez, swim multiple events in the Games! She will be representing Israel. … I’m SO proud and excited!
Andi will be swimming in three individual events – the 50 m freestyle, 100 m free and 200 m free – and with Israel in the 4×100 m freestyle relay.