Recipient of the ACC James Weaver Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarship awarded by the conference for excellence in academics and athletics, Shilo Ayalon enters his first season as graduate assistant coach. Ayalon will assist with on-deck coaching, on-campus recruiting and all other areas of the Tech swimming and diving program.
A three-time All-American and a seven-time All-ACC performer at Georgia Tech, Ayalon set the ACC Championship meet record this past season in the 1650 free with a time 14:47.99, en route to claiming his first ACC crown. Ayalon is the first Yellow Jacket to qualify for three straight NCAA Championships.
Along with his in-pool performance, Ayalon earned Academic all-district honors two consecutive seasons and was a 2003 Verizon Academic All-America selection. He earned CSCAA Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive season a year ago and is a four-time ACC Honor Roll selection.
The Tel-Aviv, Israel native, earned the team’s prestigious Fred Lanuoe Athletic Achievement Award for the second straight time after the 2003 season. Named after Fred Lanuoe, the award is given to the student-athlete who brings the highest recognition to the institution through their outstanding athletic achievements.
Ayalon graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering this past spring. He is currently enrolled in Georgia Tech’s graduate school working on a master’s in electrical engineering. Along with taking classes, Ayalon is a teacher’s assistant in the electrical engineering program.
Ayalon continues to train for the 2004 Olympics set for Athens, Greece in 2004.
As an Athlete ...
As a Senior (2002-03): Won his first ACC Championship in the 1650 free, setting a new conference meet record with a time of 14:47.99 ... Set a new school record in the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships (14:47.31) to finish fourth and earn All-America honors for the third straight season ... Set school records in the 500 free (4:19.31), 1000 free (9:02.69) and 200 free (1:37.70) ... Placed second at the ACC meet in the 500 free ... Finished fifth at U.S. Nationals in the 1500 free (15:36.27) ... Part of the Tech 800-free relay team that broke the school record at the conference championship with a time of 6:36.12 ...Is Tech's record holder in the 200 free, 500 free, 1000 free and 1650 free ... Named Verizon Academic All-America ... Earned Academic All-ACC for the fourth consecutive season ... Recepient of the ACC James Weaver Corrigan Post-Graduate Scholarship awarded by the conference for excellence for athletics and academics.
As a Junior (2002-03): Team captain...Named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary Team for men’s swimming and diving.
2001-02: Recorded Tech’s best-ever showing at the NCAA Championships with an eighth-place finish in the 1650 free…That performance earned him All-America honors for the second consecutive season, a program first…Also finished 19th in the 500 free and 27th in the 400 IM at the national meet…Became the first Yellow Jacket to earn All-ACC honors in three events in the same year, finishing second in the 500 free, 1650 free and 400 IM at the conference championships…Member of Tech’s runner-up 800 free relay at the ACC meet…Swam on 400 medley and 800 free relays that placed 17th at NCAAs…Recorded career-best times and school records in 500 (4:21.38), 1000 (9:04.53) and 1650 free (14:55.05), as well as 400 IM (3:50.27)…Member of school record-holding 800 free relay team…Winner of the program’s Fred Lanuoe Athletic Achievement Award…CSCAA Academic All-American...Finished season among the top six in five events on Tech’s all-time top-10 performers list...ACC Academic Honor Roll...Set Israeli records in the 400 and 1500-meter free at the 2002 European Swimming Championships where he reached the finals in the 1500, placed 16th in the 400 free and 17th in the 400 IM...Male MVP of the Israeli Summer Long Course Championships...Ranked 20th in the world in the 1500-meter free as of August 18.
As a Sophomore (2000-01): Placed 11th in the 1650 free at the NCAA Championships to earn honorable mention All-America status...Also placed 25th in the 500 free and 28th in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships...Earned All-ACC accolades with a second place finish in the 1650 free at the conference championships...Also placed fourth in the 400 IM and 500 free and swam on third place 800 free relay squad at the ACC Championships...Set school records in four individual events: 500, 1000 and 1650 free and 400 IM ... Member of school record-holding 800 free relay team...Named to District III Verizon Academic All-America At-Large Fall and Winter First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America...Earned NCAA Academic All-America honors...Winner of team’s Fred Lanuoe Athletic Achievement Award...Swam for Israel at the 2001 FINA World Swimming Championships in Japan, where he finished 15th in the 1500-meter free...Ranked 55th in the 1500-meter free in 59th in the 800-meter free in the world rankings...ACC Academic Honor Roll.
As a Freshman (1999-2000): Finished fifth in the 1650 free, 10th in the 400 IM and 11th in the 500 free at the ACC Championships...Earned an NCAA “B” qualifying time in the 500 and 1650 free...Recipient of the swim team’s Tommy Towles Scholar-Athlete Award...Won 17 events throughout the dual meet season...Dean’s List for Fall ’99 and Winter 2000 Semesters...ACC Academic Honor Roll...Placed 15th in the 1500-meter free at the 2000 Long Course European Championships in the Helsinki, Finland.
High School: Swam for Leonid Kaufman at Hof Hasharon High School in Shfayim, Israel...Set the Israel age-group record for 15-16 year olds in the 1500 meter freestyle...Won the 18-and-under championship at the Israel national swimming championship...Placed ninth in the European Junior Swimming Championship in the 1500 meter freestyle and 400 meter IM in Moscow, Russia.
Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1981, in Tel-Aviv, Israel...Parents are Asher and Bilha Ayalon...Graduated from Tech in 2003 with an electrical engineering degree.