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Israel’s Ron Polonsky has committed to swim for Stanford University starting in 2021-22 school year. His sister, Lea Polonsky, will be begin her collegiate swimming career at the Cardinal’s arch-rival, Cal, at the same time.
“Officially a 🌲❤️ I am beyond thrilled to continue my academics and athletic career at Stanford University. Go Card!”
Polonsky, 20, has already punched his ticket to Tokyo and will represent Israel at the Olympic Games in the 200 IM. He competed last week at the 2021 European Championships, swimming the 100 breast (1:02.87, 60th place in prelims), 200 IM (2:01.54, 21st in prelims/ 2:01.11, 13th in semis), 200 free (1:51.27, 48th in prelims), and 200 back (a PB of 2:04.10, 41st in prelims). In 2019, he finished 4th in the 200 IM (1:59.84) at the World Junior Championships. He also swam in the 50 back (26.55), 100 breast (1:03.26), and 200 breast (2:16.94).
Top LCM times (converted):
- 200 IM – 1:59.45 (1:44.72)
- 100 breast – 1:01.96 (54.01)
- 200 breast – 2:14.22 (1:57.31)
- 100 free – 51.39 (44.85)
- 200 free – 1:49.09 (1:35.39)
- 200 back – 2:04.10 (1:49.63)
Polonsky’s converted times would have been good enough to score in the B finals of the 200 free, 100/200 breast, and 200 IM at 2021 Pac-12 Championships. He will join IMers Jonathan Affeld (1:43.42), Shane Blinkman (1:43.53), Rick Mihm (1:44.39), Ethan Hu (1:45.33) in the fall. Avery Voss, Gabe Machado, Hayden Kwan, Hayden Zheng, and Matthew Fenlon have also committed to the Stanford class of 2025.
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