Israel Qualifies Nine for World Championships

BY Buky Chass

KIRYAT-BIALIK, Israel, March 7. THE Israeli Short Course Championships last weekend produced several qualifying times for this summer's FINA World Championships in Montreal.

An Athens Olympian, Ania Gostomelsky captured the spotlight with a trio of national records. After setting a national standard in the 100 freestyle (55.58), Gostomelsky picked up new records in the 50 backstroke (28.42) and the 100 backstroke (59.22).

Nastia Korotkov also delivered a national short-course record with a 2:31.54 clocking in the 200 breaststroke. She was joined as Montreal-bound by Erez Fern and Nadav Chochavi, who earned their selections in the 200 butterfly.

Other qualifiers included Or Meltzer (100 backstroke), Danit Kama (200 backstroke), Olga Beransieva in the 800 freestyle and Yoav Gath in the 200 back. Gath was a 2000 Olympian and is coming off a one-year hiatus from the pool.

An Auburn freshman, Shai Livnat picked up a 200 free qualifying time at the SEC Championships last month.

Miki Mallul set a new Israeli record in the 50 Breaststroke with a time of 28.21.

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