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Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or


Jerusalem, Israel

High School:
The Bolles School (Jacksonville, FL)

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 195



10-time All-American through his three seasons at Arizona...Mid-distance freestyler who has scored points for UA in all three of his NCAA Championships...Became the first-ever Israeli swimmer to qualify as an Olympic Semifinalist in the Beijing Games in 2008

2010-11: Earned five All-America honors at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis...Swam on the 400 freestyle, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays, all of which finished among the top eight nationally...Individually, Shapira Bar-Or won the consolation heat of the 200 freestyle and was 10th overall in the 200 fly...His lead-off time in the 400 freestyle ranks him among the top five in school history in the 100 freestyle with a 42.37...Named the Counsilman-Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week on 11/17...Was named to the Pac-10's All-Academic for the second consecutive season, studying Management Information and Systems in the Eller College of Management.

2009-10: Overcame a bout with a stomach illness at the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio to win three All-America honors...Placed 10th overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.26...Helped Arizona's 800 free relay to third overall, splitting a 1:34.32...Recorded the fast split among the 400 freestyle relay All-American team at 42.43...Named to the Pac-10's All-Academic First Team.

2008-09: Scored in two events for the Wildcats in his freshman season...Was a member of Arizona's 800 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas which placed second nationally and set a school record time in 6:11.82 with fellow relay-mates Jean Basson, Nicholas Nilo and Joel Greenshields...Individually, he finished 11th overall in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:34.01.

Most memorable individual moment: My 200 freestyle at the Olympics. I had made the Olympic team at the last moment, only a week before the Games started and swam a 1:47.78 to make it back to the semi-finals. It was the best race of my life to this point and it happened at the best moment. After the events of the last year, I now believe that nothing is impossible. All you have to do is believe in yourself and work hard for your targets.

Fast Five
Favorite Quote: Never Quit!
Favorite Food: Israeli Food
Hobbies: swimming & fishing
Favorite Animal: dogs
Favorite Sports Star: Lance Armstrong

What makes the Arizona swim/dive experience so special?
The atmosphere in the team is amazing. The way people support each other reminds me of a big family.

If you could choose any location in the world to swim, where would it be?
I could chose many other locations in the world to swim, and I came here to Tucson, so U of A.

National Teams:
Israeli National Team 2005-2009

Personal Bests:
100 free - 42.37
200 free - 1:33.50
200 fly - 1:43.71
200 I.M. - 1:44.85

2011 NCAA Results
200 free - 9th
200 fly - 10th
200 I.M. - 20th
400 free relay - 5th
800 free relay - 8th
400 medley relay - 6th

2010 NCAA Results
200 free - 10th
500 free - 22nd
100 free - 35th
400 free relay - 6th
800 free relay - 3rd

2009 NCAA Results
200 free - 11th
500 free - 29th
100 free - 37th
800 free relay - 2nd