Alon Mandel joined our Houstonian Club Aquatics team in August of 2018. He was a varsity athlete at the University of Michigan while completing his chemical engineering degree. He also holds a couple of Masters degrees in engineering and political science from Tel Aviv University in Israel. Alon trained alongside Michael Phelps while at the University of Michigan and he saw his skill improve tremendously as a result and won 4-NCAA All-American and 5-Big Ten gold medals. In 2008, Alon represented his native country of Israel in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he broke two national records in 100 and 200 butterfly.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Alon served three years in the Israeli Military as a Staff-Sergeant, where he had coached the Army's Swim team including high ranked officers.

After retiring from professional swimming in 2013, Alon turned to open water events and swam from Spain to Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar. His versatility in pool-swimming and open-water swimming makes him compatible to work with all populations and levels and share his knowledge with other swimmers at all levels.

Please join us on Sunday, November 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Chaise Lounge Deck (adjacent to the Sports Pool), to meet Alon and participate in Alon’s first AquaEdge Workshop: "N2-The Importance of Being Neutral and Natural as A Basis to Good Swimming.”  Please wear your swimsuit and comfortable workout clothes. Bring your goggles and swim.
 
Swimming, like any other sport, can be improved if the understanding of the basic forces acting on the human body are better understood. In his presentation, Alon Mandel will explain the importance of being Neutral and Natural (abbreviated N2) as a basic foundation to swimming, demonstrating these principles on live objects (e.g. kicking board or buoy) and provide tips to self-practice at different levels.
 
The seminar is suitable for triathletes, swimmers and non-swimmers who are interested to learn how to strengthen their core without the need to do many laps at the pool.
 
Alon looks forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have.
 
For more information, please contact the Aquatics Department at 713.685.6751.