San Diego Picks Up Texan Lillian Benwell for 2017-2018 Season

Photo Courtesy: Lillian Benwell

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Lillian Benwell has given her verbal commitment to the University of San Diego. The high school senior hails from Leander, Texas.

Benwell told Swimming World,

“I chose USD because I immediately felt a connection with the team and coaching staff. USD is a perfect fit for my academic and athletic goals. I am excited about the program and look forward to swimming every day on a beautiful campus with an amazing and powerful group of women. Go Toreros!”

Last season Benwell switched to teams to train with Brendan Hansen at Austin Swim Club. This summer she secured a Summer Juniors cut and finished third in the 200 breaststroke at Speedo Sectionals in Austin, success she attributes to swimming for Hansen.

Benwell is a fairly versatile swimmer. Her best short course yards times are:

  • 100 Breast 1:04.93
  • 200 Breast 2:17.36
  • 100 Fly 56.31
  • 200 IM 2:04.97
  • 400 IM 4:25.82

At the 2016 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships the Toreros finished sixth. In the 200 breaststroke, Benwell would have finished seventh. Then junior Bri Jurries (2:11.83) won the event. Allie Andrade (2:25.18) will be the highest finisher on campus when Benwell arrives in California next fall. Benwell would also be a 400 IM A finalist and 200 IM B finalist.

To report a verbal commitment email HS@swimmingworld.com.

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  1. a huge dog

    @LillianBenwell Young Benwell! Allen Salinas age group coaching product right here

Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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