Kenyon Women’s Swimming & Diving graduate Hannah Orbach-Mandel (Tucson, AZ/Catalina Foothills) was announced Tuesday as a Top 30 honoree for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership.
A four-year member of the Kenyon Swimming and Diving team, Orbach-Mandel was a three-time NCAA event champion and 25-time NCAA All-American. During the most-recent NCAA Championships, she registered seven All-American performances including national titles in the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays. In conference action, she was an eight-time NCAC champion and 14-time All-NCAC honoree. She helped establish four new Ladies' program records in the 200-, 400- and 800-yard free relays as well as the 400 medley relay.
Orbach-Mandel graduated in May with a 3.91 grade-point average, earning a degree in economics while minoring in mathematics. She was named a four-time College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American as well as a two-time Google Cloud Academic All-American selection. Orbach-Mandel was Kenyon’s female honoree for the 2019 NCAC Scholar-Athlete award and was a three-year member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll. She departs Kenyon with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Orbach-Mandel was involved in Kenyon’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council while also serving as a Kenyon Orientation Team Leader. Other events she was part of included a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Girls and Women in Sports Day and Relay for Life. Orbach-Mandel also volunteered at the Salvation Army and the Wiggins Street Elementary where she assisted third-graders with math, reading and english.
The Top 30 honorees were selected from an initial pool of 585 school nominees, a program record. In early October, the selection committee will announce the nine finalists, made of three women from each division. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated and the Woman of the Year will be named on Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.