2009-10: Earned second swims in 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke at Big West Championships for 15 total points... Finished tenth in 100 breaststroke with season-best time of 1:05.73... Placed 11th in 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:22.33, another season-best, and 15th in 50 freestyle (24.34)... 200 breaststroke time is seventh all-time... Set a season-best time of 24.31 in the 50 freestyle prelims... Swam anchor leg of 200 medley relay "B" team at conference meet... Won 200 breaststroke in dual meet against Cal State Bakersfield Jan. 23... Won 200 medley relay, swimming second leg, in dual meet against Pacific Jan. 16.
2008-09: Advanced to finals in the 100 breaststroke and consolation finals in 50 freestyle at Big West Championships, Feb. 25-28... Finished sixth in the 100 breast (1:04.32) and 11th in the 50 free (23.87)... 50 free time is seventh in Aggie record books and 100 breast time is fourth all-time... Made consolation finals in the 200 breaststroke and clocked in at 2:24.33 which is ninth all-time.
WATER POLO: Played four games... Scored a goal and added two assists for three points... Also managed two steals.
2007-08: Made second swims in 100 free and 100 breast at Big West Conference Championships... Best finish was 18th in the 100 breast (1:07.56), 9th-fastest in school history... Also placed 19th in the 100 free and 27th in the 50 free... Swam second leg on 400 free relay and 200 medley relay at conference meet.
BISHOP O'DOWD HS '07: Standout in both swimming and water polo... Captured All-Hayward Area Athletic League honors in swimming... Also earned NISCA/Speedo All-Academic honors... Selected to All-North Coast Section in water polo as a senior hole set... Scored more than 60 goals and 100 steals that year, garnering Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League MVP distinction.
PERSONAL: Born in Oakland, Calif.... Majoring in psychology... Parents are Kai and Maria Bender... Hopes for a career as a criminal psychologist... Has dual citizenship in the United States and Germany.