Position
Backstroke/freestyle
Height
5'10
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Canyon County, Calif.
Major
Undecided
High School
William S. Hart HS

2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2010 USA Swimming National Championships Participant

SENIOR SEASON (2012-13)
Departs LSU as one of the top-10 100 backstrokers in program history … Set her career low and LSU’s seventh best all-time mark in the 100 back (55.13) at the Phil Hansel midseason invitational … Cranked out her career low in the 200 back (2:01.45) at the SEC Championships … Captured the consolation final of the 100 back at the midseason meet … Swam to a third place finish in the 100 free (54.97) in a victory over Vanderbilt … Led off the first place 200 medley relay (1:43.68) and finished third in the 100 back (58.94) in a dual victory over Kentucky … Ended her 100 back run in third place with a time of 58.45 in a dual victory over Tulane … Placed fifth in the 50 free and the 100 back in a dual victory over Alabama … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Earned her fourth varsity letter.

JUNIOR SEASON (2011-12)
Added depth to the backstroke and freestyle events in her third season with the Tigers … Competed in every dual meet, the Tennessee Invitational and the SEC Championships … Posted a 24th place finish in the 100 back with a season low 56.48 and a 25th place finish in the 200 back with a season low 2:02.96 at the conference meet … Registered a season best 100 free mark of 52.72 at SEC’s … Posted a 50 free time of 26.29 in a time trial at SEC’s … Cranked out a sixth place performance in the 100 back (59.03) in a quad meet against Houston, Rice and Tulane … Solidified a spot in the 100 back ‘B’ final at the Tennessee Invitational with a mark of 56.68 … Took third in the 100 back in a victory over Alabama … Lead off the first place 200 medley relay and grabbed second in the 100 back against Tulane … Earned her third varsity letter.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2010-11)
Backstroke and freestyle contributor who improved her career bests in two events … Also ranked second on the team in the 100 back … Competed in every dual meet, Cougar Classic Invitational and SEC Championships … Raced to 20th in the 100 back at SEC’s with a career best of 55.42 … Also finished 29th in the 200 back with a season best of 2:01.95 and 42nd in the 100 free (52.97) … Posted a career-best of 52.00 in the 100 free, leading off the 400 free relay at the Cougar Classic … Also swam to third in the 100 back and sixth in the 200 back at that event … Emerged victorious in the 200 back in a road victory over Tulane … Swam to runner-up honors in the 100 back and third-place in the 50 free in a home win over Incarnate Word … Tied for third in the 100 back against nationally-ranked Auburn and Notre Dame to open the season … Registered third in the 100 back in a road win over Alabama … Earned her second varsity letter.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2009-10)
A solid contributor in the backstroke races in her first season … Ranked third on the team in the 100 back … Competed in nine dual meets, Houston’s Cougar Classic Fall Invitational and SEC Championships … Enjoyed her best meet at SEC’s, recording season bests in the backstroke races and 100 free … Barely missed the consolation final of the 100 back, swimming to a 17th-place finish with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 55.51 … That mark is sixth in school history … Registered a season best of 2:01.86 in the 200 back to take 28th and posted a time of 53.13 in the 100 free … Finished 12th in the 100 back at the Cougar Classic … Claimed a runner-up finish in the 100 back in a win over Tulane … Notched third in the 200 back at Florida State and third in the 100 free at UNO … Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
Outstanding high school backstroker who comes in with a top time of 54.98 in the 100 back … A member of two southern California championship relay teams in 2008-09 … Also a four-time All-American, six-time junior national qualifier and multiple junior Olympic champion … Boasts top times of 51.87 and 2:02.07 in the 100 freestyle and 200 back, respectively … Coached by Steve Neale.

PERSONAL
Born Dec. 23, 1990 in Los Angeles, Calif. … Parents are Gary and Joanie Griffiths … Plans to major in business.

CHELSEA’S TOP TIMES
100 backstroke, 55.13, 2012 Phil Hansel Invite
200 backstroke, 2:01.45, 2013 SEC Championships
50 freestyle, 24.08, 2011 SEC Championships
100 freestyle, 52.00, 2010 Cougar Classic Invitational

CHELSEA’S TOP 2012-13 TIMES
100 backstroke, 55.13, Phil Hansel Invite
200 backstroke, 2:01.45, SEC Championships
100 freestyle, 52.30, Phil Hansel Invite

 

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