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Andrea MUREZ
Sport Swimming
NOC Israel   
GenderWomen
Born29 Jan 1992
Height1.83 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Israel
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Hebrew
Higher education
Human Biology - Stanford University: Stanford, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
She was inspired by her grandfather Joe Murez, who was a swimmer in pre-World War II Austria and taught her to swim. She took up swimming together with her older brother Zachary. I used to be afraid of the water. I think that I and my brother got into swimming because my grandfather swam.
Name of coach
Luka Gabrilo [national]
General Interest
Nicknames
Andy, Andi (mako.co.il, 04 Jul 2020; Facebook profile, 28 Mar 2016)
Hobbies
Travelling, photography, skiing. (Facebook page, 02 Oct 2021)
Injuries
Her performance at the 2016 Olympic Games was affected by sinusitis [inflammation of the sinuses]. (forward.com, 11 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the Most Outstanding Female Athlete at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem, Israel. (forward.com, 11 Jun 2021)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Zachary Murez has represented Yale University in swimming. Her grandfather Raymond Federman represented France in swimming. (gostanford.com, 2013; jewishjournal.com, 08 Jul 2009)
Other information
COMPETING FOR ISRAEL
Her grandfather Joe Murez moved from Austria to the United States of America in 1938. She was born and raised in the United States of America and in 2009 she travelled to Israel for the first time, participating in the 'Israel Connect' programme and the Maccabiah Games. "We came as a family to Israel and the trip gave me my first taste of what would become part of my future. I competed once again in the 2013 [Maccabiah] Games and I was approached by one of the Israeli swimmers who said that I should consider moving to Israel and swim here. That planted seeds of what an amazing opportunity it would be to move to Israel and represent the country." In 2014 she decided to move to Israel and applied for Israeli citizenship, and she became eligible to compete for Israel from December 2015. "I immigrated to Israel in 2014 and immediately felt at home. The members of the team happily welcomed me and were excited to swim with me. It was a great feeling to hear my name and see the Israeli flags at the pool knowing that I had an entire country behind me." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 15 Aug 2015; timesofisrael.com, 20 Apr 2015; maccabiusa.com, 01 Aug 2015; jpost.com, 19 Jul 2019; mako.co.il, 04 Jul 2020)

EARLY DAYS
She did not enjoy swimming until age 12, when competition became more serious. "I didn't really like swimming. When I was learning how to swim at age three or four, I hated the water. I would scream when my parents would want me to go past the first step." (The West Way to Swim YouTube channel, 04 Jun 2015)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After completing a degree in human biology at Stanford University in the United States of America, she began studying at Tel Aviv University Medical School [Sackler School of Medicine] in Israel alongside her swimming career. "Most people tell me I'm crazy because I combine professional swimming with medical school, but I could not give up either of those pursuits, so I tried to combine the two, not knowing if I would succeed in even one of them." (alumni.tau.ac.il, 21 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 17 Dec 2020; jpost.com, 19 Jul 2019; forward.com, 02 Aug 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
19 2021 Tokyo, JPN 200m Freestyle 1:58.97
30 2021 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 25.48
22 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 54.06
8 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.77
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 25.41
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Freestyle 55.47
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle  DNS
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 54.67
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 25.40
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:59.75
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 54.62
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.16
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 25.35
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Freestyle 1:58.48
Semifinal 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 54.18
8 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 8:07.69
Heats 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:32.96
14 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 55.05
15 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 25.39 
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay 7:40.07
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:45.59
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:50.89
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.73
Heats 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
5 2016 London, ENG 100m Freestyle 54.89
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 25.56
Semifinal 2016 London, ENG 200m Freestyle 1:59.91
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2016 London, ENG 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  DSQ
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Freestyle 1:56.52
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Freestyle 53.43
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 50m Freestyle 24.56
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 200m Backstroke 2:09.07
6 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.53
Heats 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:50.51
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:32.55
7 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.48
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Freestyle 1:54.67
5 2017 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 52.98