Adi Maia Bichman
A member of the Israeli swimming team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 17-year old Bichman competed in three events. She placed 26th in the 400-meter individual medley with a time of 5:06.72 (personal best of 4:53.67), 38th in the 400-meter freestyle (4:27.33), and 25th in the women's 800-meter freestyle (9:01.90).
At the age of 16, Bichman competed in the 1999 European Junior Championships and won the bronze medal in the both the 800-meter freestyle and the 400-meter individual. The following year at the European Championships, she finished fifth in the 800-meter freestyle with an Israeli record of 8:47.59. In the spring of 2001, Adi signed a letter of intent to attend Rice University in Texas on a swimming scholarship.
Bichman had a good first year at Rice during the 2001-02 season. A versatile swimmer, she competed in both the freestyle and individual medley events. During the season, Adi had Rice's fastest time in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:45.95 -- only ten seconds off the school record), had the third fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:55.81), and the fourth fastest in the 400-yard individual medley (4:24.94).
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Feb. 5, 1983
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