A 12-strong Israeli delegation leaves tomorrow for the European Swimming Championship in Madrid, with four swimmers having one last chance to qualify for the Olympics in Athens this summer.
Only one Israeli swimmer, Vered Borochovski (50- and 100-meter butterfly) has already booked a berth in the Olympic pool. Shai Livnat in the 200- and 400-meter freestyle, Ania Gostamelski in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, Micky Halika in the 400-meter individual medley, and Shilo Ayalon in the 1,500-meter freestyle will all be aiming for a shot at Olympic glory.
Israel coach Leonid Kauffman said all four swimmers had a good chance of making the Olympic criterion.
The remaining swimmers in the Israeli squad - Dov Melnik, Nimrod Palma, Erez Faran, Ehud Segal, Danit Kama, Mona Miron and Maya Finkler - are hoping to set personal bests.
The championship will be held in an open pool in order to simulate the conditions at the Athens Olympic pool, which will not be covered after the organizers admitted that work on the roof would not be completed in time for the games.
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