European Juniors Finalist Inbar Danziger of Israel Commits to Michigan

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Israeli backstroke specialist Inbar Danziger is headed to the University of Michigan this fall as part of an eight-man recruiting class — half of whom are international talents.

Danziger broke out two years ago as a two-time finalist at his second European Junior Championships in 2022, placing 4th in both the 50-meter back (25.37) and 100 back (55.03). Later that summer at the European Championships, he placed 22nd in the 50 back (25.65), 34th in the 100 back (56.40), and 25th in the 200 back (2:03.48).

At the LEN European U23 Championships last August, Danziger made finals in the 100 back (54.87) and 200 back (1:59.23), placing 9th and 8th, respectively. This year, he clocked a lifetime best in the 200 fly (2:02.51) at February’s Israeli Nationals before posting personal bests in the 200 back (1:58.62), 50 fly (24.29), and 100 fly (53.70) earlier this month.

“I want to thank my family, friends and coaches for their support, and to the coaching staff at Michigan for this amazing opportunity,” Danziger said.

The 20-year-old Danziger will join a pair of Israel natives, soon-to-be senior Gal Groumi and junior Eitan Ben-Shitrit, on the Wolverines’ roster. The Michigan men placed 3rd at February’s Big Ten Championships in their first season under head coach Matt Bowe.

The Wolverines’ best backstrokers last season were sophomore Jack Wilkening (45.35/1:41.82) and junior Jacque Wenger (46.16/1:41.20), who dropped more than two seconds in the 100 back during his first season under Bowe’s leadership.

Best LCM Times (Converted to SCY)

  • 50 back – 25.32 (22.27)
  • 100 back – 54.87 (48.35)
  • 200 back – 1:58.62 (1:44.70)
  • 50 fly – 24.29 (21.25)
  • 100 fly – 53.70 (47.11)
  • 200 fly – 2:02.51 (1:47.84)

Danziger’s best converted times in the 100 back and 200 back are not far off from A-final range at the Big Ten Championships based on last season’s conference meet. The Big Ten should get slightly more competitive next season with the USC men joining the conference this summer.

Danziger is also within a second of the Paris 2024 Olympic ‘B’ cuts in the 100 back and 200 back.

Ireland’s Matthew Walsh Hussey, Britain’s Henry Gray, Canada’s Lorne Wigginton, Rian Herrmann, William Savarese, Thomas Farney, and Tyler Tannenberger round out Michigan’s 2024 recruiting class along with Danziger.

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1 month ago

Israel should be banned in the olympics for genocidal entity.

1 month ago

A 20 year old incoming freshman?

Reply to  Swimmingly
1 month ago

He had to spent a year slaughtering Palestinian children before he could resume his swimming career.

1 month ago

Kol ha kavod!!!

Scuncan Dott v2
1 month ago

You mean the same Israel that’s just about to attack Rafah?

Reply to  Scuncan Dott v2
1 month ago

yes, that’s the one. You remember, they were raped and pillaged for no reason back in October.

1 month ago

Why does Israel swim at the European games? Lol

Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

Are you just as outraged when Brazil and South Africa compete at Pan Pacs?

Reply to  Boknows34
1 month ago

LOL Pan Pacs was originally created as an alternative to European champs. It was USA, Japan, Australia and Canada. Then expanded to those touching the Pacific Ocean.

It’s not an actual continent with very clear member nations or not.

Fast and Furious
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

They used to swim at Asian games but Iran and the Arab countries kicked them out

1 month ago

Block them. They are committing genocide

Fast and Furious
1 month ago

Huge lol at that 54.8 converting to 48. More like 46 low…

This Guy
Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

Same with his 100 fly, 53.7 is more like 46.5ish than a 47. Walls mean much more than these conversions account for for the better athletes. Time conversions are used for all age groups, there are differences

Last edited 1 month ago by This Guy
Reply to  Fast and Furious
1 month ago

using the SwimSwam converter LCM –> Yards

100 Back 54.87 –> 45.85
200 Back 1:58.62 –> 1:40.02
100 Fly –> 46.00
200 Fly –> 1:46.46

Last edited 1 month ago by #MFan
1 month ago

Isn’t Olympic qualifier Jon Jøntvedt from Norway also part of this 2024 class?

Reply to  Adrian
1 month ago

Yes he is, they seem to have forgotten to put him up there

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