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Mixson named Woman of the Year

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Former Freedom High School swimmer and 2012 Misericordia University graduate, Chelsea Mixon, has been named the 2011-2012 Middle Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year.

"I'm astounded. I just feel very blessed and honored that I was chosen," said Mixon.

A social work major, Mixon combined excellence in the pool, classroom, and her community to be granted the honor.

Under head swimming coach, Jason Morini, Mixon was a two-time MVP and helped the Cougars to MAC championships in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.

"Swimming and being part of the team probably made the biggest difference in college. It was a place where I could put my motivation and ambition towards something," Mixon said.

This year, Mixon was second in the conference in the 50 free and third in the conference in the 100 free. Mixon also holds the university's record in the 100 free and was part of five school relay records.

Also taken into account for Mixon's Woman of the Year Award was her community service, which included an internship with the Noxen Community Outreach Project during her senior year.

"It was a blessing to be part of the internship and spearhead different projects. I built close relationships with people in that community, and I'm excited to see where things go there this year," said Mixon.

Mixon helped establish a food panty, clothing bank, children's library, mentoring program at the local elementary school, big brother/big sister program, and visitation of the elderly and homebound in conjunction with a local church.

"Going into senior year, I didn't know how I was going to juggle swimming, my internship, and [my classes], but my coaches had early morning swims at the crack of dawn for me," said Mixon.

Academically, Mixon earned a 3.96 GPA, receiving the Alpha Delta Mu Award for highest academic achievement in social work.

Currently, Mixon is working toward a masters degree in social work at Bryn Mawr College.

This month, the NCAA will announce its top 30 Woman of the Year honorees, ten from each of the three NCAA divisions.