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Chelsea Dirks-Ham
Chelsea Dirks-Ham

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lawrence, Kan.

High School:
Lawrence High

Event:
Freestyle

~2007-08 all-MVC First Team
~2007-08 MSU Freshman of the Year
~2008-09 all-MVC First Team
~2009-10 all-MVC First Team
~MSU Athlete of the Week (11/5/09)

At Missouri State: Chelsea Dirks-Ham returns to the pool as the top swimmer for the Bears, and one of the most dominant swimmers in the Valley...2009-10: As a junior, Dirks-Ham was the driving force behind a Bears team that won the MVC Championship by the second-largest margin in conference history. Dirks-Ham won five separate MVC titles in the meet. She also finished the year with the season's top times in the 100-yard butterfly (55.99), 100-yard backstroke (56.29) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.93)...2008-09: Dirks-Hamset the school record in both of the butterfly events, the 100-yard (56.34) and 200-yard (2:03.76)...set conference record at the 2009 MVC Championships in the 100-yard butterfly (56.34)...was named 1st teamAll-MVC...2007-08: In her first season as a Bear, Dirks-Ham made an immediate impact on Missouri State and Missouri Valley swimming. She was named MSU Freshman of the Year and was set a new Valley conference record in the 100 fly at the conference meet. Dirks-Ham swam a time of 56.34 to set the new record and finish first in the event. She also swam the third leg for the Bears in the 200 medley relay which placed first in the conference. Dirks-Ham finished third and fourth in the 100 and 200 backstroke, respectively. She was also a member of the 400 and 800 free relays which both placed second at the Championship meet. For her performance she was awarded All-MVC First Team honors. Dirks-Ham was also listed on the MSU Academic Honor Roll. Background: Chelsea Dirks-Ham joins the Bears after swimming four years at Lawrence high School in Lawrence, Kan. Dirks-Ham qualified for state in the 100 fly, 100 back, 100 free, and 500 free her senior year. Personal: Full name is Chelsea Rae Dirks-Ham. Born April 7, 1989, in Salina, Kan. Daughter of Robert Ham and Dawn Dirks.

Career Best:

Event Time Date, Opponent/Meet

200 Free 1:54.24 1/21/10, Drury

100 Fly55.34 2/14/09, MVC Championship

200 Fly 2:03.76 2/14/09, MVC Championship

100 Back 55.87 2/14/09, MVC Championship

200 Back2:02.93 2/11/10, MVC Championship

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