Andrew Chevalier, a recent Kenyon graduate and 12-time All-American swimmer, was named the recipient of the 2014 Don Hunsinger Award, the North Coast Athletic Conference's (NCAC) top honor for male student-athletes.
Each year, the NCAC recognizes one senior male student-athlete who distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership. The award honors the contributions of Don Hunsinger, who served Oberlin College in roles including athletics director, chairman of the department of physical education, and head coach for six different programs. He retired from Oberlin in 2008 after a career that spanned more than three decades and included four NCAC Coach of the Year awards.
Chevalier completed his undergraduate career with a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in chemistry. He was one of three Kenyon student-athletes named a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which he will use to attend the University of Michigan Medical School. Chevalier was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society in 2013 and was also nominated for the Sigma Xi Honor Society in 2014. He was a four-year recipient of the Kenyon Science Scholarship and also received the Robert Byrd Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.
Earlier this month, Chevalier, a two-time Capital One Academic All-District VII selection, was voted the 2014 Academic All-America Team Member of the Year. In addition to that top honor, he was tabbed a Scholar All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
On the competitive front, Chevalier served as a distance specialist for the Lords and recorded three top-ten finishes at the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championship. He placed fourth in the 400-yard individual medley, sixth in the 500-yard freestyle, and eighth in the 1,650-yard freestyle. As a four-time qualifier for the NCAA Championship, Chevalier cranked out three All-America swims each season and helped guide the Lords to national team championships in 2013 and 2014.
As an active member in the Kenyon and Gambier communities, Chevalier served as a tutor in the College's math and science skills center for three years and also worked as a chemistry lab teaching assistant in the 2010-11 academic year. He also volunteered for numerous community engagements including Relay for Life, Hospice of Knox County, and at local hospitals.
With Chevalier garnering the Hunsinger Award, it marks the second consecutive year in which a Kenyon student-athlete has brought home the distinction. Last year, Curtis Ramsey '13 was selected by the conference as its recipient.