Swimming in the family

July 12, 2017 by David Weiner
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Ashley and Asher Weill are not brother and sister teammates in the Maccabiah…but grandfather and granddaughter.

It was another awesome Maccabiah night at the pool for Australia filled not just with relay joy and more Matt Levy brilliance.

There were also two silver individual medals in A finals, with Ashley Weill snaring second in the 100m backstroke final, while Alon Pajor led the 400 boys final for a long way but ended with a fabulous silver medal.

The night started with Levy claiming his third gold of the meet, in the 50m backstroke butterfly, with a 31:4s swim.


Ashley is in the unique position of being in the same race as her grandfather, Asher, who is swimming for Israel.

“It’s really awesome,” she told us proudly.

“I don’t think anyone else has their grandfather in the same meet as them. And I don’t think it’ll happen again. So it’s a real awesome experience.”

As for her meet, where she has picked up two individual silver medals, she added: “All (swims have been) PBs; medals a bonus, so really great experience.”

Alon beamed: “It’s terrific. Maccabiah is such an amazing experience to have…It’s amazing, really phenomenal.”

He added: “I’ve been training for about six years. Maccabiah has always been in the back of my head, ever since four years ago when I saw my swimming peers when they went off to their Maccabiah, it was always in the back of my head and a huge goal to succeed.”

There was silver relay joy for the 4x200m open boys with young guns Jordan Hazan, Jeremy Pity, Josh Zwi and Zac Freuden benefiting from a disqualification to elevate from third to second.

Both junior 4×200 squads snared bronzes too – Mazal Tov to Ashley Weill, Jade Kausman, Brooke Roseman, Jordana Marks, Adam Amoils, Judd Katz, Jarred Elbourne and Alon Pajor.

In A finals, Jesse Nissan came fourth in 100’m Boys backstroke 1:01:46, while Jordan Hazan came fourth in 100m open men back in 59:56 and fourth in the 400m free.

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