Carondelet High swimming standout Chelsea Chenault has given an oral commitment to USC.

The middle distance specialist chose the Trojans over Cal, Virginia and Georgia after taking official visits to all four campuses this fall.

"When I went (to USC) on junior day I just had this connection and loved the school," Chenault said. "When I went on my (recruiting) trip, I built a bond with the girls and even the guys and it made me realize that's where I wanted to go."

Chenault, a senior, is the North Coast Section record holder in the 500-yard freestyle and as well as the defending section champion in the 200 freestyle. She's also well-known on the national swim scene.

Chenault, a Walnut Creek native, just missed qualifying for the London Olympics. She placed eighth at the Olympic Trials in the 200-meter freestyle, an event in which the top six finishers are selected to the Olympic team.

But her summer was still plenty successful. She earned a spot on the U.S. team for the FINA Short Course World Championships in Istanbul this December after taking second in the 200 freestyle at this summer's U.S. Open.

Chenault also took first place in the 200-meter freestyle at the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships.



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