Benitez Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week

    Pamela Benitez holds a 3.76 GPA in marketing.

    Pamela Benitez holds a 3.76 GPA in marketing.

    Jan. 29, 2014

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS - Southern Illinois senior swimmer Pamela Benitez was named the female Scholar-Athlete of the Week by the Missouri Valley Conference, the conference announced Wednesday. Benitez holds a 3.76 GPA and majors in marketing.

    Pamela Benitez won the 200- and 1000-yard freestyles at a double-dual meet against Illinois and Olivet Nazarene on Monday. In addition to her two wins, Benitez added a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and led off a second-place 200-yard freestyle relay team. Benitez is a two-time first-team All-MVC swimmer and a seven-time MVC Swimmer of the Week. In 2012, she qualified for the London Olympics for her native El Salvador.

    On the men's side, Joe Crisman of the Loyola-Chicago men's basketball team earned Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors.

    Benitez and the rest of the swimming and diving team face Evansville at Noon on Saturday, Feb. 1, at the pool at the Student Rec Center. Admission is free.