The daughter of Arin and Gwin Benjamin set a record in the 500-meter freestyle at the Colorado Mesa University pool when she was only 14. She has set a time in the 400-meter freestyle that would be good enough to qualify for the Olympic trials, and earlier this year she finished in the top 10 in the 800-meter freestyle at the Speedo Junior National Championships in East Meadow, New York. She also has won numerous Colorado state championships for club swimmers.
Those results led to top offers from elite programs around the country, and she picked Houston based on the feel she got during her visit.
“It was the girls,” Benjamin said of what sold her on the Cougars. “The girls I met when I visited were super nice, and I felt an instant connection when I was there. When I was on the recruiting trip, I met 10 other girls and two on the same recruiting trip also committed to Houston. It’s nice to go in already knowing a few people. Other than that, I enjoyed what I saw when I visited.”