PHOENIX, Arizona, May 23. THE Israel swimming foundation announced this week that seven men and one woman will represent the country at the FINA world championships this summer in Barcelona, Spain.
College swimming fans will recognize the names of three of the swimmers on the roster. Guy Barnea (UC-Berkeley), Gal Nevo (Georgia Tech) and Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or (Arizona) have each represented their universities in the NCAA finals in the past five years. Shapira Bar-Or and Nevo have the best international credentials of the bunch, with Shapira Bar-Or making the semifinals of the 200 freestyle at the 2008 Olympics and Nevo placing 10th in the 200 IM last summer at the Olympic Games. All three are national record holders in their respective events.
Shapira Bar-Or stated on a recent “Morning Swim Show” interview that he plans to attend the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem the week before the start of swimming competition at the world championships.
Men: Yaakov Tomarkin, Gal Nevo, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, Imri Ganial, Guy Barnea, Yehonathan Kopelev, Tomer Zamir.
Women: Amit Ivri
Head Coach: Leonid Kaufman
Assistant Coach: Hanan Sterling
Special thanks to Middle Eastern correspondent Dr. Buky Chass for contributing to this report.