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    Chelsea Chenault
    Chelsea Chenault

    Class:
    Sophomore

    Hometown:
    Concord, Calif.

    High School:
    Carondelet High

    Height:
    5-11

    Event:
    Free

    THIS SEASON:Chelsea Chenault, a 2015 sophomore, is one of the Pac-12's top middle distance freestylers who looks to build upon her All-American debut as a freshman. A 2014-15 U.S. National team member, she is a mainstay on the 400y and 800y free relays and will look for her first NCAA final appearance this season.

    2014: Chenault was a two-time All-American as a 2014 freshman and an NCAA Championships individual point scorer. She earned her All-American honors by helping USC to fourth in the 800y free relay and to sixth in the 400y free relay. She was also 10th in the 200y free (1:44.25), 16th in the 500y free (4:42.56) and 41st in the 200y fly (1:58.78) ... She was a three-time finalist at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships, finishing third in both the 500y free (4:39.30) and the 200y free (1:43.91) while taking seventh in the 200y fly (1:56.70) ... At the 2014 U.S. Nationals, she was fifth in the 200m free in 1:58.60 to earn a spot on the U.S. National team. She was fifth in the `B' final of the 400m free (4:11.32) after finishing ninth in prelims and was also 29th in the 100m free (55.88).

    HIGH SCHOOL: Chenault, the 2013 Cal-Hi Sports Girls Athlete of the Year and the 2013 San Jose East Bay Girls Swimmer of the Year, prepped at Carondelet High in Concord, Calif., she was a five-time North Coast Section record holder, helped her school break the national record in the 400y free relay and won 12 NCS titles (including three each in the 100y, 200y and 500y free) ... She was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist in the 200m free and was 16th in the 400m free. She missed a top 6 finish in the 200m free and a berth in the 2012 Olympics by less than a quarter second. She was a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Trials in the 200m free as a 13-year-old and also swam in the 100m, 400m and 800m free ... Chenault had extensive national team experience prior to coming to USC. She anchored USA's prelim swim at the 2013 World University Games with the top split of 1:59.77. She then swam the third leg in the final and clocked an event best 1:57.88 as the U.S. held off Russia, 7:55.53 to 7:55.76 ... She earned gold for the U.S. as a prelim relay swimmer in the 800m free relay at the 2013 FINA World Championships, earning the worlds spot after taking sixth in the 200m free at the 2013 U.S. Summer Nationals ... She represented the U.S. at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships in the 200m free and helped the 800m free relay to gold. She was a 2012 U.S. Junior Pan Pac participant, winning the 200m free and taking second in the 400m free. At the 2010 U.S. Junior Pan Pacs, she won both the 200m and 400m free and also claimed golds in the 400m and 800m free relays.

    CLUB : Terrapins Swim Team.

    PERSONAL: She was born on Oct. 19, 1994 ... Her father, Carl, played basketball at USIU in San Diego and her mother, Catherine, was a prep swimmer.

    CHENAULT'S PERSONAL RECORDS:

    Event Time
    50-yard free 23.16
    100-yard free 49.27
    200-yard free 1:43.91
    500-yard free 4:36.69
    100-meter free 55.23
    200-meter free 1:58.19
    400-meter free 4:08.38