The Florida Gators have picked up some international talent, as Israeli Olympian Zohar Shikler has verbally committed to join the women next fall. Shikler is a member of Israel’s National Team, and has represented her country internationally at high level meets such as the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2015 FINA World Championships.
On her commitment:
I am excited to announce that I am committing to the University of Florida for fall 2017. This is an amazing opportunity for me to train and compete with some of the best swimmers in the world, as well as some of the best coaches in the world. Go Gators!
Shikler is primarily a freestyler, and the 50 free is arguably her best event. That’ll give the Gators a boost in the individual freestyles, but she’ll also make a good addition to their relays. She doesn’t have any yards experience yet, but her best times in long course meters indicate her potential to be an immediate factor at the SEC Championships and NCAAs.
Shikler’s Top Times:
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Shikler’s times in the 50 free and 100 free convert to yards times of 21.96 and 49.17 respectively. That would likely make her an SEC Championship finalist and NCAA scorer in the 50 free. In the 100 free, she would’ve landed in the B-final at the 2016 SEC meet, but she’d be within tenths of what it took to make the top 8 in that event.
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