Israeli Backstroker David Gerchik Verbally Commits to Northwestern

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David Gerchik from Haifa, Israel, has verbally committed to Northwestern University for the 2023-24 school year.

“I’m beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Northwestern University! I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and friends for their enormous support along the way. Can’t wait to start this incredible journey as a wildcat and be part of such an amazing team! GO CATS!!”

Gerchik swims for Maccabi Haifa and specializes in backstroke and sprint freestyle. He represented Israel at the 2021 LEN European Short Course Championships in Kazan last November. There, he competed in the 50 free (39th), 50 back (20th), 100 back (16th in semis), and 200 back (11th in semis) and earned PBs in the SCM 50 free (22.54), 50 back (24.12), 100 back (52.75), and 200 back (1:54.74).

At the Israel National Summer Championships and Trials in June 2021, he won the 200 back (by 5.6 seconds with 1:59.74), was runner-up in the 100 back (55.89) and placed 16th in the 100 free (52.42).

His best times (with SCY conversions) include:

LCM 50 free – 23.59 (20.53)
LCM 100 free – 52.42 (45.78)
LCM 50 back – 25.36 (22.30)
LCM 100 back – 55.89 (49.27)
LCM 200 back – 1:59.74 (1:45.71)

Gerchik will join Diego Nosack and Aaron Baltaytis at Northwestern in the fall of 2023. The Wildcats’ three fastest backstokers this past season (Ryan Gridley, Manuel Martos Bacarizo, and Andrew Zhang) were all seniors. Gerchik will overlap with Collin Schuster and Tyler Lu.

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