Leon, Molfenter earn OAC’s Clyde Lamb awards


Macki Leon and Ian Molfenter earned the Clyde Lamb awards for Wilmington College.

Leon, a senior on the Wilmington College women’s swimming team, is WC’s female Clyde Lamb Award winner for the 2020-21 academic year.

Leon is a graduate of Ashland High School. A four-year member of the program, Leon made an impact with the women’s swimming program the second she stepped foot in the WC natatorium. Simply put, Macki is one of the most decorated individuals in program history as she as accumulated more points in events for Wilmington College than any other swimmer, regardless of gender.

Leon is a five-time All-OAC selection. She tallied top-three finishes in the 200-yard backstroke each of the last two seasons while also finishing third in the 100-yard backstroke and runner-up in the 200-yard IM at the 2021 OAC Championships held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, earlier this year. Leon’s final All-OAC honoree came as part of the Quakers’ 800-yard freestyle relay squad.

Even in an odd season, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Leon was able to swim life-time best performances on all flat-start events at the 2021 OAC Championships. Four of those swims were program bests as Macki’s name currently appears in the program’s record books in eight events – five individual and three relays.

Outside of the pool, Macki has been very involved in the Wilmington community. She’s the co-founder and Vice President of the Native American Student Association as well as serving the Wellness Committee as its vice president. Leon’s involvement in Quaker Wellness doesn’t stop with the committee, however. Macki has worked in the Quaker Recreation Center as well as serving as a cycling instructor.

A chemistry major with a 3.18 grade point average, Leon has also helped other WC students as a supplemental instructor leader in general chemistry.

Molfenter, a senior on the men’s soccer team, is WC’s male Clyde Lamb Award winner.

Molfenter is a graduate of Dayton Carroll High School. A three-year member of the program, Ian came to Wilmington College after a year at Ohio Wesleyan University and a year at Wright State University. A starter of 46 games in his Quaker career, Molfenter is a two-time first-team All-OAC selection who has scored 16 goals and dished out five assists for a total 37 career points.

During the 2021 spring season, Molfenter was one of two Quakers to tally double digits in points with four goals and two assists. One of those four goals was the opening goal of Wilmington’s 2-1 OAC tournament victory against Capital University, the program’s first postseason win in 15 seasons.

A sport management major with a 3.42 cumulative grade point average, Molfenter has been a consistent member of Wilmington’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

The Clyde A. Lamb Awards are presented annually to 10 male and ten female student-athletes from each of the Ohio Athletic Conference institutions.

Criteria for the award includes at least two years participation in an OAC-sponsored sport, senior status, a minimum grade point average of 3.00 and sportsmanlike conduct in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete and his or her institution.

The award was founded in 1985 and is named in honor of Clyde A. Lamb. Lamb organized the department of health and physical education at Ohio Northern University in 1929, and served as a coach, department chairman and athletics director at ONU from 1929-64. He continued to teach full-time until his death in 1969.

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