2010-11 (FRESHMAN YEAR):
Participated in nine events throughout her freshman year... Competed in the 100-Backstroke, 100-Butterfly, and 200-Butterfly at the Big Ten Championships...Posted a time of 25.30 at the Georgia Invite in the 50-Freestyle... Placed fourth at West Virginia in the 50-Freestyle with a time of 25.59... Took 39th Place at the Big Ten Championships in the 100-Backstroke, posting a time of 58.50... Recorded a time of 58.90 in the 100-Backstroke at the Georgia Invite... Posted a season-best time of 57.43 in the 100-Butterfly at the Georgia Invite... At the Big Ten Championships, recorded a time of 57.97 in the 100-Butterfly for a 48th Place finish... Claimed a 25th Place finish in the 200-Butterfly at the Georgia Invite with a time of 2:09.67... Posted a time of 2:10.92 in the 200-Butterfly at the Big Ten Championships for a 49th Place finish... Helped the 200-Freestyle Relay team to place 12th at the Georgia Invite with a time of 1:39.57... Participated in the 400-Freestyle Relay at West Virginia to record a time of 3:40.85 and a fourth place finish... Combined with Merritt Krawczyk, Sam Palser, and Becky Yokosh vs. St. Bonaventure to take 1st Place in the 200-Medley Relay with a time of 1:43.98... Helped the 400-Medley Relay team to place 14th at the Georgia Invite to record a time of 3:49.20.
Three-time High School All-American under coach Su Stone at Riverside ... Holds the high school regional record in the 100 butterfly (2008 & '09) and state record in the 100 butterfly (2009 with a time of 54.95) ... Named team MVP all three years she lettered ... Also a team captain during the 2009-10 season ... State champion in the 100 butterfly at the North Carolina High School State Championships ... A member of Duke Aquatics under coach Eric Stidinger ... A N.C. All-Star from 2003-09 and Long Course State Champion in the 100 butterfly (July, 2008) ... Scholastic All-American (2009-10) ... Owned team records in the 15-16 age group in the 100 and 200 butterfly ... Finished fifth in the 100 butterfly and 21st in the 200 butterfly at the Short Course Juniors (December, 2008).
PERSONAL: Full name is Chelsea Diane Howard ... Born on October 30, 1992 in Durham, N.C. ... Daughter of Ken and Jeannine Howard ... Sister of Ashley, who swam at the University of North Carolina ... Majoring in journalism with a minor in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE: "I chose Penn State because of the high level of both academics and athletics. The school spirit, traditions and overall college town atmosphere are unbeatable."