Long Island Teen Wins 6 Medals Swimming in European Maccabi Games

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Half Hollow Hills High School Junior Baylee Scharf won 2 gold and 4 silver medals at the Maccabi Games held in Berlin's Olympic Park July 27-August 5, 2015 according to Valuecise LLC

“It was very meaningful to compete as a Jewish person in the stadium build by Hitler since my family lost people in the Holocaust."

The Maccabi Games, first held in 1932 and often referred to as the “Jewish Olympics” are an international Jewish multi-sport event held every 4 years. This year they were held in Berlin's Olympic Park, July 27-August 5, 2015 in the same stadium that that Hitler built for the 1936 Olympics. Over 2000 Jewish athletes from 36 countries competed in 19 disciplines.

Half Hollow Hills High School Junior Baylee Scharf won 6 medals at the games taking gold in the 100 meter back stroke and the 200 meter medley relay. She won silver medals in 50 meter back stroke, 100 meter fly, 200 meter individual medley and the 200 meter freestyle relay.

“It was great to meet other athletes from all over the world” says Baylee. “It was very meaningful to compete as a Jewish person in the stadium build by Hitler since my family lost people in the Holocaust."

Baylee has been swimming since she was 10 years old. In addition to swimming on the Varsity swim team at Half Hollow Hills East high School, she swims for HYB (Huntington YMCA Bluefish). This past year Baylee qualified for the Y Nationals in Greensboro South Carolina. She takes her passion for swimming to other children. Baylee teaches swimming to developmentally disabled children through a program called Adaptive Swim. She works in the summers as an ocean life guard on Fire Island.

Baylee has her sights on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She lives in Melville New York.

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