“I want to announce that I committed to attend to the NC State university swimming and diving team in fall of 2017.”
Israeli record-holder Gil Kiesler has elected to attend North Carolina State University next fall, joining an already-stellar class of 2021 that will include Eric Knowles, Giovanni Izzo, Daniel Forndal, Luke Sobolewski, and Ray Van Deusen.
Kiesler, who swims for Macabi Haifa, broke the Israeli record in the 400 SCM freestyle going 3:44.59 in front of the home crowd during the 2015 European Short Course Swimming Championships at the Wingate Institute in Netanya. After the race he told the Jerusalem Times, “I expected to break the record. I thought I was capable of reaching the final but I’m pleased with what I achieved. This is my first major championship and it felt a little different from the competitions I usually compete in. But swimming is swimming and I focused on myself.” Kiesler swept the Israeli SCM distance free records at that meet. In addition to the 400, he broke the 800 (7:57.40) and 1500 (14:57.56) as well.
He won both the 800m and 1500m freestyle events at the 2016 Israel Summer LCM Championships in Netanya this past August, with 8:03.98 and 15:40.57, respectively.
Kiesler’s best times are:
The Wolfpack, best known as a sprint powerhouse, is extending the range of their freestyle prowess with additions like Kiesler and Knowles.
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