The presentation of the third qualifying round of the Israeli swimming championships this morning (Sunday) was one of the best remembered in the industry in recent years. In the spotlight, Michael Leitrovsky who achieved the Olympic criteria in the 100-meter backstroke with 53.84 seconds, as well as an Israeli record of Andy Moraz in the 200-meter freestyle with 1: 57.87. Also, personal bests in the 200m freestyle and 100m breaststroke for men have raised the bar in the run-up to the competition for tickets to the Apostles in Tokyo.
The 21-year-old Leitrovsky from Hapoel Dolphin Netanya was very close to the criterion already in December, then set 54.25, but this time he managed to offset 41 hundredths from his peak and swim exactly one hundredth of the time required. Of course, he qualified first for the finals and will swim again in the evening, with the goal of being crowned for the first time in his career as the Israeli champion in this ointment.
Andy Moraz who also swam fast already in the qualifiers and offset a tenth exactly from her Israeli record in the 200 free. The previous record was reached just two months ago in Stockholm and she qualified first for tonight’s final, ahead of Daria Golovti, Noga Zilberberg and Leah Polonsky, who will try to achieve Olympic B criterion in this ointment.
For men, the battle is only getting hotter for the 4×200 relay train, with Dennis Loktev (1: 47.66), Daniel Namir (1: 47.86), Gal Cohen Gromi (1: 48.60) and Bar Soloveitchik (1: 48.90) all improving Their personal records in this ointment, with the first two even very close to the Israeli record of 1: 47.16 and the Olympic criterion of 1: 47.02. Ron Polonsky and Israeli record holder Tomer Frenkel also qualified for tonight’s final.
Another battle for a potential place in the Apostles (4X100 Mix) we also saw in the 100 breaststroke, when Itai Goldfaden qualified first for the final with a personal record of 1: 01.08, only 12 hundredths of the Israeli record, but also one hundredth faster than the record of Chris Pitchogen, who qualified Crimson. In the final, they will meet head to head.