Feb. 5, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chelsea Aton, a junior on the Ohio State synchronized swimming team, was awarded the Ohio State University Board of Trustees Student Recognition Award on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences Natural and Mathematical Sciences Division Feb. 1 at the Longaberger Alumni House in Columbus, Ohio. The OSU Scholar-Athlete received the award in recognition of her outstanding academic and service achievements.

“This award was actually completely unexpected, but I feel incredibly blessed to have received it,” Aton said. “Being a student-athlete has taught me the value of time management, organization, hard work, determination and responsibility. I realize how blessed I am to be able to do the sport I love in college and I want to do everything in my power to make the most of every opportunity, both in and out of the pool.” 

In the 2011-12 season, Aton also was recognized as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and one of only five student-athletes to earn a 4.0. As part of the “Give Back a Day” initiative, the actuarial science major has volunteered at 2nd and 7, Athletes in Action, Welcome Warehouse and Franklinton Garden, just to name a few Central Ohio locations where Aton has volunteered her time.

“Chelsea continues to do a wonderful job of representing the university and our team in an incredibly positive and respectful way,” Holly Vargo-Brown, head coach, said. “Her commitment to excellence in academics, athletics and service makes her a very strong role model for our program.  We are truly proud of all she has accomplished.”

The Noblesville, Ind. product was named to the U.S. Collegiate Academic Team and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012. Last season, Aton placed first alongside Alex Beckett and Yuliya Maryanko in the trio event at North Regional Championships and was a member of the runner-up Scarlet Squad that helped the Buckeyes capture the 2012 U.S. Collegiate National Championship title.