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June 2019 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Monday, July 29, 2019


   Congratulations to Adva Cohen and Bar Botzer,  ISRAELI ALL-AMERICANS    


Adva Cohen, University of New Mexico


June 10, 2019  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Following a successful weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in which The University of New Mexico women's team finished a program-best eighth in the team standings with a program-best 27 points, the Lobos acquired seven All-American selections as announced by the USTFCCCA on Monday.

Weini Kelati, Adva Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) and Charlotte Prouse earned two nods each while Ednah Kurgat earned one.

Cohen ran in both the steeplechase and the 5000-meter in Austin, finishing the four-day championship with a First Team All-American award and an Honorable Mention status. Cohen placed fourth in the steeplechase with a time of 9:46.36 to earn her first NCAA All-America honor and picked up honorable mention in the 5000-meter.




Bar Botzer, Wake Forest University

June 21, 2019  GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five members of the Wake Forest men's tennis team, Bar Botzer, Petros Chrysochos, Rrezart Cungu, Alan Gadjiev and Julian Zlobinsky, were recognized by the ACC Friday (June 21), as the All-ACC Academic Team was announced by the league office. The five honorees match a program record for a single season, as five members were also named to the team a season ago.
"We are extremely proud of Bar, Petros, Rrezart, Alan and Julian," said head coach Tony Bresky. "They all had outstanding years, not only on the court but in the classroom as well. It's very rewarding as a coach to see the hard work they put in on a daily basis rewarded by the league with this accolade. It is an amazing accomplishment to be named to the All-ACC Academic Team."
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one's academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
Botzer (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), Chrysochos and Zlobinsky all garner the honor for the second consecutive year while Cungu and Gadjiev are first-time recipients.
Botzer became the ninth-singles All-American this past season while leading the team with 40 singles wins on the year, second most in Wake Forest single-season history. A Second Team All-ACC selection this year, Botzer advanced to the Round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship to secure his All-America status. He was ranked as high as No. 21 in the rankings during the year and compiled a 40-6 record, including 15 wins against ranked opponents. The rising junior ended the year on a 13-match winning streak.




Who We Are:

Ross Greenstein, Former Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision:
The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

Current activities:
Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have over 150 athletes attending schools like Princeton, USC, Ohio State, Duke, Northwestern, UCLA, Maryland, Arizona, University of San Francisco and many others.

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Gal Rubanenko, Arizona State University                       

June 2, 2019  TEMPE, Ariz. – Sun Devil Triathlon is set for a full summer schedule that began last weekend with Gal Rubanenko (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) at the Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships and Olivia Jenks at the Pleasant Prairie Cup. The squad's full schedule along with links and results can be found on the schedule page linked while details listed below.

Sat., June 1 – Weert ETU Triathlon European Championships: Gal Rubanenko
Rubanenko competed at the European Championships on Saturday in the Netherlands, racing to a time of 1:57.57 for 50th place in the elite women's division. The competition marked the beginning of Sun Devil Triathlon's stacked summer schedule.




          Ido Goldschmidt, University of California at Davis                


Ido graduated from UC Davis after 4 years of playing D1 Water polo at the highest level. He earned WWPA player of the year twice, was a four time All American and helped his team to two NCAA final 8 appearances. Ido was recently named to the WWPA All-Academic Team.  To earn WWPA All-Academic distinction, a student-athlete must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better.

The Hertzeliya native pursued a B.S degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and hopes and continue studying and stay in the health field. Reflecting about his time in California and Davis: “I made the best choice I could make. Great school, strong water polo program and an amazing atmosphere. I loved every second of it!”. His feelings about the Israel Bridge: “ Dan and The Israel Bridge helped me with the admission process and with the NCAA compliance which is not an easy process for foreigners”.


              Daniel Skripnik, St. Johns University, New York    



Daniel Skripnik of Holon, ISRAEL earned a degree in Cyber Security and Business Administration at St. John's University in Queens, with a 3.55 GPA.  He played on the men’s tennis team, helping them win the Big East Conference and reach the NCAA Men’s Tournament in his final year.

Daniel has experienced a lot of ups and downs during his time on the tennis team in college, but views his glass as half full.  He explains,” I cherished and appreciate the opportunity to do a free degree in the US, meet new people and continue to play the sport that I love instead of retiring before or after an army like most athletes do. This is a great opportunity for any athlete in the country, even for those who want to continue to play professionally because of the high level of college sports.”

            Daniel Krutik, St. Mary's College, Moraga, California



June 20, 2019 - SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Gaels' senior Daniel Krutik (Kfar Saba, ISRAEL) has been named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic Team for his superb work in the classroom. Krutik boasted a 3.42 GPA this year and studied Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. 

At the conclusion of each athletic season, the WCC selects an all-academic squad for each WCC-sponsored sport. To be considered, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average while also being a significant contributor to her team.

Krutik was a team captain and an integral member of the Gaels' lineup as he led the team with a 4-3 conference record in singles play. Mostly playing out of the No. 5 spot, Krutik excelled in that position with a 5-3 record and was 5-2 overall over his last 10 matches. In doubles play, the senior tied for second on the team with three conferences wins.









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