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Thea, Team USA Wins Gold at Maccabiah Games

Carly Thea

Carly Thea

Aug. 5, 2013

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TEL AVIV, Israel - Junior Carly Thea of Pitt softball helped Team USA capture the Gold Medal at the Maccabiah Games last week in Tel Aviv, Israel. The Maccabiah Games features more than 12,000 Jewish athletes from around the world who gather for the week long competition.

"It was one of the best experiences of my life," Thea said. "It wasn't just about playing sports, it was about connecting with people of the same religion who share the same passion. It was amazing."

Prior to the opening ceremonies which 35,000 people attended, Thea and Team USA spent a week touring around Israel. The opening ceremonies included the Israeli President and Prime Minister, along with video speeches from USA President Barak Obama and Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron. USA Olympic gymnast and Gold Medalist Aly Raisman lit the torch.

Thea batted .470 for the competition and Team USA beat Team Canada in the championship game to finish a perfect 7-0. Last season as a sophomore, Thea hit .248 for the Panthers and led the team with nine doubles. During conference action, she batted .302 and had a slugging percentage of .491.

The Panthers will have four playing dates this Fall, beginning on Sept. 15 with a doubleheader at Youngstown State.