Kenyon's Manz Named 2017 Hunsinger Award Winner

Kenyon graduate Trevor Manz
Kenyon graduate Trevor Manz

Recent Kenyon College graduate and swimming student-athlete Trevor Manz (Eau Claire, WI/Eau Claire) has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award

Manz closed out his career as one of the most decorated swimmers in Kenyon College history with 23 total All-American awards, which included a pair of national titles on the 400 medley relay team in 2016 and the 200 medley relay team in 2015. Among his 23 All-American certificates, his top individual finishes at the national meet came in his freshman campaign when he finished third in the 400 IM (3:51.98) and tied for third in the 200 breast with a time of 1:59.62. The two-time NCAC Athlete of the Week selection exits Kenyon as the current varsity record-holder in the 200 IM (1:46.82), 100 IM (50.74), and as a member of both the 200 medley (1:27.54) and 400 medley (3:14.69) relay teams. While Manz experienced a lot of individual success in the pool at the national meet, he was also a member of Kenyon's national title teams in both 2014 and 2015 for the program's NCAA-leading 33rd and 34th national titles all time. The Lords are currently tied with the Oklahoma State wrestling program for the most national titles by one program across all three NCAA divisions.  

Manz's success wasn't just limited to the pool during his career at Kenyon as he recently graduated with a 3.96 grade-point-average in Biochemistry and became the first male swimmer in school history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in three consecutive seasons. The three-year member of the NCAC Academic Honor Roll was also the recipient of one of the NCAA's prestigious postgraduate scholarship awards which are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and are in their final year of intercollegiate competition. He was named Kenyon's male winner of the 2017 NCAC Scholar-Athlete award and was a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Manz also was a four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American. He was also a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Xi Scientific research society.  

He was also active in the Kenyon community during his four years on campus, serving as a lead tutor in organic chemistry, biology and statistics, as well as holding the distinction of being the student director of the Kenyon Math & Science Skills Center (MSSC). He also participated in a volunteer effort with his fellow swim team members at Columbia Elementary School and was actively involved in the K STEM Science Club Outreach in local Knox County. Manz was also a member of the Kenyon College Outdoors Club and served as a science and music radio host on the campuses' local radio station WKCO. 

Manz was one of six outstanding nominees considered for the selection committee. The other candidates included:

  • Brian Allen, Swimming & Diving, Denison University
  • Jack Buchan, Tennis, The College of Wooster
  • Dan Cheung, Cross Country/Track & Field, Allegheny College
  • Matt Hunt, Football, DePauw University
  • Zayd Mabin, Football, Hiram College                                                                                                                            

This award commemorates former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger, who had a far-reaching influence on the athletes he coached in a wide variety of sports. Over more than three decades, Hunsinger served Oberlin as athletic director, chairman of the department of physical education, had stints as head coach for Yeoman football, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Four times he earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s. Hunsinger, who retired from the College in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis and assists in the administration of the conference’s swimming & diving championship. 

The award recognizes one male senior student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each conference institution can nominate a distinguished male student-athlete for the honor. A committee of North Coast Athletic Conference administrators and faculty representatives, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.

NCAC Don Hunsinger Award Winners

2017 - Trevor Manz, Kenyon
2016 - Geno Arthur, Oberlin
2015 - Casey Cempre, Denison
2014 - Andrew Chevalier, Kenyon
2013 - Curtis Ramsey, Kenyon
2012 - Sharif Kronemer, Ohio Wesleyan
2011 - Kyle Herman, Ohio Wesleyan
2010 - J. David Gatz, Ohio Wesleyan
2009 - Kyle Holliday, Ohio Wesleyan