Israeli SCM World Championship Finalist Eitan Ben-Shitrit Commits to Michigan

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Israeli teenager Eitan Ben-Shitrit is taking his rapidly-improving IM times to the University of Michigan in the fall. 

The 18-year-old crushed his previous best in the 400-meter IM prelims by more than six seconds with a 4:07.55 at December’s World Short Course Championships in Abu Dhabi. Ben-Shitrit went on to place 6th in the final behind young American stars such as Kieran Smith and Carson Foster. At the same meet, he swam the butterfly leg (52.45) on the 4×100 medley relay team that broke the Israeli record. 

A native of Ra’anana, the Israeli junior record holder also finished 8th in the 400 IM at the short course European Championships in Kazan last November. Trimming another four seconds is no easy task, but Ben-Shitrit might be closing in on Gal Nevo’s Israeli record of 4:03.5 in the event. 

Best SCM times

  • 200 IM: 1:56.36
  • 400 IM: 4:07.55
  • 200 free: 1:45.45

SCY conversions

  • 200 IM: 1:44.82
  • 400 IM: 3:43.01
  • 200 free: 1:35.00

According to SwimSwam’s converter tool, Ben-Shitrit’s best SCM 400 IM time translates to approximately a 3:43.01 in SCY, which would have placed 5th in the event at February’s Big Ten Championships. 

The Wolverines boasted the top two finishers in the 400 IM final between champion Jared Daigle (3:41.01) and runner-up Jake Mitchell (3:41.39). Daigle, a senior, will return for his fifth and final season in Ann Arbor while Mitchell, a sophomore and member of the Tokyo Olympic team, announced his transfer to Florida last month. Michigan placed 3rd at the Big Ten Championships and 22nd at the NCAA Championships in March, the team’s lowest finish since placing 25th in 1986. 

Ben-Shitrit joins Jack Luken, Bryce Halterman, Tyler Ray, Kevin Maas, Ozan Kalafat, Logan Zucker, and Lucas Hodgson in the Wolverines’ upcoming recruiting class arriving on campus in the fall. He’ll make it a trio of Israelis on Michigan’s roster along with junior Nadav Aaronson and freshman Gal Groumi. Groumi took home a 200 IM title at his first Big Ten Championships.

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Daddy
1 month ago

Death, taxes, and Israeli Michigan commits

Blake pierogi
1 month ago

Let’s go

Togger
1 month ago

Wonder where he’ll transfer to?

Nice guy
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

Leave the man alone he’s committed to a great school

Former Big Ten
Reply to  Togger
1 month ago

I think people forget what an impressive history Michigan has with swimming. They had a down year after back to back Big Ten Championships and something obviously needs to change. But we don’t know exactly what is going on in Ann Arbor.

This is almost the same coaching staff that won NCAAs in 2013 and won multiple Big Ten Titles. They know how to swim fast, coaches have Olympic medals under their belts, they just need to figure out what’s up with the culture. Wishing Eitan the best.

Former Big10
Reply to  Former Big Ten
1 month ago

Hmm… nice original name

Noah
1 month ago

Gonna guess he’s following in Gal Groumi’s footsteps. Needed W for Michigan!

Last edited 1 month ago by Noah

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