Aton (pictured) and Liou collected the honor last season as well.
March 28, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Junior Chelsea Aton and sophomore Heidi Liou, members of the Ohio State synchronized swimming team, were named to the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Academic Team last Saturday at the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. The academic criteria for this honor is a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Both student-athletes collected the honor last season as well.
"USA Synchro raised the bar this year on requirements for being named to the Collegiate Academic Team," Holly Vargo-Brown, head coach, said. "By receiving this award, Chelsea and Heidi have raised the bar for our team as well."
In addition to being named to the U.S. Collegiate Academic Team, Aton also earned U.S. Collegiate All-America accolades at the event. As a member of the Scarlet Team for the past three seasons, Aton has notched three runner-up finishes in the team routine competition of the U.S. Collegiate Championships, including a second-place finish in the 2013 edition of the event (89.3625). Aton's trio routine with Paige Ramsey and Lauren Nicholson earned the highest trio score of the season at William & Mary with an 88.167. This summer, Aton will compete in U.S. Senior National Team Trials May 2-6 in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Fellow OSU Scholar-Athlete Liou saw action this season as a member of the Gray Team as well as performed an honorary solo at the North Regional Championships in Columbus, Ohio (83.833). In the 2013 U.S. Collegiate Championships, Liou and the Gray Team placed sixth with a score of 85.8875. Last season, the fashion & retail studies major collected a bronze medal in the team competition of the U.S. Collegiate Championships (87.200) and was awarded the 2012 Joann Ferguson Kale Award at Ohio State's team banquet. This summer, Liou will travel with 20 students and one faculty member to study abroad in London.
2013 Ohio State Honors
U.S. Collegiate Academic Team
U.S. Collegiate Athlete of the Year
U.S. Collegiate All-Americans
Yuliya Maryanko (honorary)