Chelsea Baumgartner, a senior Art History major from St. John's, Canada, is a four-year scholar-athlete who has brought motivation and enthusiasm to her team. Baumgartner has been a leader on the swim team and in the classroom during her tenure at Mills.
Baumgartner swam a personal best time in the 50 backstroke by five seconds in the Cyclones' last home meet of the season on February 2, 2013 against Laney and City College.
One of Baumgartner's trademarks is her support of others. She is often found cheering for the Cyclones, as well as the other team, right before and right after her races.
In her four years at Mills, Baumgartner has had the opportunity to attend over 400 practices and has maintained an average of 95 percent attendance during all those years. Baumgartner's commitment has provided a consistent energy that has positively influenced her teammates.
Baumgartner has also earned a 3.76 cumulative grade point average and academic honors, demonstrating a strong commitment to her studies.
Coaches marvel that Baumgartner is always willing to step up to any swimming challenge that gets put in front of her. She is always ready for the set, asking what the next step is as soon as she finishes. Head coach Neil Virtue remarks, “if I had a team of Chelseas, I would have the easiest coaching job in the world. Her motivation, attitude, work ethic, and willingness to push is rare and has been an inspiration on the team.”
The swim team can be found at the culminating event of their season, the Liberal Arts Championship, on February 14–16, 2013 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.