Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Alon Mandel underwent a grinding daily schedule during his four years at the University of Michigan that would have exhausted even the most ambitious scholar-athlete.

As a 2008 Olympic butterflyer and a 4-time NCAA All-American, the Israeli studied chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.

Later, he subsequently obtained a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Tel Aviv University and another master’s degree in political science from Tel Aviv University and was elected as a board member of the Olympic Committee of Israel where he also mentors Olympic athletes in their career transition after retirement.

Now working in the oil and gas industry as an environmental engineer, he shifted his focus from backstroke and butterfly to distance freestyle. He completed two high-altitude Horsetooth Swims in Colorado, a crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 2015 and is currently training for a charity swim across the Cook Strait in New Zealand.

For more information about his charity swim to support those who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, visit here.

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