THIS SEASON: Chelsea Chenault, a 2014 freshman, comes to USC already a World Championship gold medalist whose talents in the sprint and middle distance freestyle will provide a massive scoring boon to the Trojans in all meets, individually and on relays.
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.
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