Pamela Benitez
    Pamela Benitez


    San Salvador, El Salvador

    High School:
    Liceo Cristiano (Central)




    2013-14 (Senior): First-team All-Conference selection...Member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team...Won the MVC Championship in the 1650 and 200 freestyles...Finished second at the MVC Championship in the 500 freestyle...Competed in eight meets...Won 13 events on the year...Posted 17 top-three finishes on the year...Was named the MVC Swimmer of the Week four times during the season.

    2012-13 (Junior):First-team All-Conference selection...Member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team...Member of the school-record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay team that won the MVC Championship...Won the MVC Championship in the 1650 freestyle...Finished second at the MVC Championship in both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle...Competed in 10 meets...Won 12 events on the year....Posted the third-fastest time in school history in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.69) at the MVC Championship...Two-time MVC Swimmer of the Week.

    2011-12 (Sophomore):First-team All-MVC selection...Started competing at the beginning of the second semester, competing in eight meets...Won 12 events in a row after placing fourth in her first collegiate race...Exclusively swam freestyle...Placed in the top three in all three of her events at the MVC Championships...Placed third in the 100-yard freestyle (51.86) and 200-yard freestyle (1:50.30) at the MVC Championships...Placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:52.50) at the MVC Championships...Won the 100-yard freestyle three times, the 200-yard freestyle three times, the 500-yard freestyle twice, the 1000-yard freestyle once and the 250-yard freestyle once...Qualified for the London Olympics in the 800-meter freestyle and finished second in her heat and 33rd overall.

    Prior to SIU: Swam for El Salvador at the World Championships in 2013, 2009, and 2007...Competed in the Pan American Games in 2007 and 2011...Competed in the Central American and Caribbean Games in 2006, 2009, and 2010, winning three bronze medals in 2010...Won eight gold medals at the 2010 Central American Games, El Salvadores' most decorated athlete...Daughter of Sonia Quijada and Rafael Benitez...Born May 9, 1991, in San Salvador.