West Chester native inspired 2013 MAC Champs
Provided by Miami University Athletic Communications
Lakota West graduate Ellen Barhorst was awarded the Robin Chico Award this year, an honor given to a senior student athlete who has shown strength and motivation during times of challenge and adversity.
The award was established in 2010 by Miami University alumni to recognize varsity swimmer Robin Chico (’75-’78) who overcame hardships during the early stages of Title IX, which became law in 1972. The award was presented to its first recipient, Jenna Long in May 2010. Long was a four-year letter winner for Miami’s varsity women’s swimming and diving team, specializing as a sprint freestyle and butterfly competitor.
With no recipients in 2011 or 2012, Barhorst is only the second RedHawk to receive the award as a result of her perseverance and positivity both in the pool and the classroom, earning four varsity letters while maintaining a 3.80 cumulative grade point average.
“The reason we decided to give it to Ellen is because she has really been an incredible part of our program in terms of what she’s been able to do and give to the program,” head coach Dave Jennings said.
This year, in particular, Barhorst showed incredible courage and strength while facing devastating personal challenges. Barhorst remained resilient throughout the season, keeping a positive attitude and acting as a role model for her teammates. She continued to work hard on her childhood education degree, and holds one of the highest grade point averages on her team.
After watching Long receive the award four years ago, Barhorst says she was surprised, but also very proud to have been named Miami University’s second recipient of the Robin Chico Award.
“Thinking back on it, it just reminds me how I was able to get through everything with the support of my team and my coaches,” Barhorst said. “It meant everything to me that I could trust them and know that they would support me through everything.”
Barhorst will graduate December 2013 after completing her student teaching in Cincinnati. She says her goal is to be a math and science teacher for fifth and sixth graders, while also staying involved with swimming by coaching.
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