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January 2021 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Monday, February 01, 2021

Tomer Frankel, Indiana University





100-yard free: 44.60 (1/22/21)
200-yard free: 1:36.40 (1/16/21)
100-yard fly: 47.54 (1/22/21)

Won the 200 Freestyle (1:37.42) against No. 17 Ohio State ... earned an individual win in the 200 free (1:36.40) and was a member of the winning 400 free relay (2:55.34) against Michigan and Northwestern to open the season.


Eddie Winner, Illinois State University

Track & Field  


Dayton Hammes

ISU Women Take First, Men Second at Jack Jennett Open

 The Illinois State track & field teams opened up the 2021 indoor season with the women taking first as a team and the men taking second at the Jack Jennett Open, hosted by Missouri Valley Conference foe, UNI at the UNI Dome.

The ISU pole vaulters, who finish first and second often throughout the season, opened the 2021 season in the similar fashion. Eddie Winner (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL) and Ryan Ashenbremer took the top two spots, clearing 5.00 meters (16.04.75 ft.) and 4.70 meters (15-05 ft.). 




    Lior Garzon, Villanova University

Women's Basketball | 

Villanova Women’s Basketball Returns to Action, Works Overtime for 81-78 Win over St. John’s

Lior Garzon has season high 16 points 

VILLANOVA, Pa.—All five players who scored for Villanova (9-2, 4-2 BIG EAST) reached double figures as the Wildcats tallied an 81-78 overtime win against St. John's (4-9, 1-7 BIG EAST) at Finneran Pavilion. Villanova never trailed in the contest despite needing the extra five minutes to secure the final outcome. Sophomore forward Maddy Siegrist scored a team-high 24 points and was one of three Wildcats with double-doubles on the night.
The freshman duo of forward Lior Garzon (Ra'anana, ISRAEL) and guard Bella Runyan combined for 31 points on 10-of-17 shooting to help spark Villanova in its first game in 19 days. Garzon tallied 16 points, including a pair of go-ahead three-pointers in overtime, and Runyan chipped in 15 points. A triple by Garzon with 2:34 left in the extra period gave the Wildcats the lead for good after the Red Storm overcame what had once been an 18-point deficit.



Oracle ITA Division I Men’s Doubles

Rankings – Preseason Top 60

By ITA Tennis - January 13, 2021

The USC Trojans topped the Oracle ITA DI Men Preseason Team, Singles, and Doubles Rankings. The one common factor? Israel's Daniel Cukierman (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL).  Cukierman ended 2020's shortened season ranked #1 in singles and starts out 2021 as #1 in the pre-rankings.
Cukierman (on right above) and partner Riley Smith start out the 2021 season as the No. 1 doubles team in the nation. The top five is filled out by Michigan’s Fenty/Siimar, Oklahoma State’s Vocel/Kellovsky, Ohio State’s Cash/McNally, and North Carolina’s Kiger/Soendergaard. 

Other notable Israelis ranked in the top 50 are:  Yannai Barkai (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), NC State #9 doubles, Mor Bulis (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), USC #26 singles and #50 doubles and Bar Botzer (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), Wake Forest  #31 singles.


            Dor Saar, University of Maine

Black Bears pick up fifth-straight win, complete sweep at UAlbany

Saar becomes Maine's all-time leader for three-pointers made (220)

Albany, N.Y. -- Blanca Millan's game-high 27 points helped guide Maine to its fifth-straight win as the Black Bears completed the weekend sweep at UAlbany, 63-47. The win, Maine's eighth in a row against the Great Danes, moved Maine to 10-1 on the season and 7-1 in America East play.

Dor Saar (Ma'anit, ISRAEL) knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the win, including the 220th of her career to break Cindy Blodgett's program record for three-point field goals made. Saar, who finished with nine points and five assists, stands just two points shy of 1,000 for her career. Millan added six rebounds and three steals to her impressive stat line as she has now scored in double-figures in all 11 of Maine's games this season.

The Black Bears, who never trailed in the contest, finished 10-of-22 from downtown and 26-of-55 overall from the floor. Defensively Maine forced 19 turnovers with 10 steals and, for the fourth time this season, held its opponent under 50 points.

A day after going 4-for-17 from 3-point range, the Black Bears came out on fire from beyond the arc. Four triples in the opening 4:05, including a pair from Saar, helped Maine to a 12-6 edge.




                                 Orel Ovil, Wichita State

                           Men's Tennis | 

Shockers Sweep First Home Matches of the Season

WICHITA, Kan. - The Shockers only dropped a single point on the day to earn victories over Oral Roberts, 7-0, and Omaha, 6-1, on Saturday at Genesis Health Club.  Orel Ovil led Wichita State with victories in singles at the #4 singles position.       

                  Map of Israeli Students in the US



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