Fresh fish shine in the local pool

Israel's budding swim stars made headlines at Wingate.

Tom Kremer Swimming 311 (photo credit: Israel Swimming Association)
Tom Kremer Swimming 311
(photo credit: Israel Swimming Association)
With Israel’s top-swimmers going through their final preparations for the upcoming European Championships, it was the country’s budding stars which made the headlines at the national championships at Wingate Institute over the weekend.
Sixteen-year-old Tom Kremer set a new under-18 record in the 200-meter freestyle final on Saturday, clocking a time of 1:52.55 minutes to take the silver medal.
Israeli record holder Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or took the gold, touching the wall in 1:50.31m.
On Friday, Kremer claimed another silver medal in the 200m butterfly final.
Amit Bachar showed her promise by taking two golds over the weekend.
Bachar won the 400m Individual Medley in 4:56.55m on Saturday, a day after finishing first in the 200m fly final in 2:15.08m, the second best time ever by an Israeli woman.
Israel’s top-swimmer Gal Nevo added two more golds to his vast collection, winning the 200m fly and 400m IM.
Several other swimmers who will be representing Israel in two weeks at the European Championships in Hungaryalso added gold medals to their personal tally.
Alon Mandel won the 100m fly, Yuliya Banach finished first in the women’s 200m breaststroke, Amit Ivri took the 50m fly and Guy Barnea claimed the 50m backstroke