Grace Benefield
Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

High School:
La Jolla HS '09

Height:
5-9

Position:
Distance Free

Major:
Communication




SELECTED CAREER BESTS:
500 Free: 4:57.27 (2/16/12)
1000 Free: 10:15.66 (2/17/10)
1650 Free: 17:06.04 (2/26/11)

2012-13: MOUNTAIN PACIFIC SPORTS FEDERATION ALL-ACADEMIC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE... Best times of the season include: 100 free (57.04) at Pacific Invite; 200 free (1:57.78) at UCLA-WSU; 500 free (4:57.93), 1000 free (10:25.80), 1650 free (17:14.72) and 400 IM (4:30.03) at MPSF Championships; 200 back (2:08.62) and 200 IM (2:10.95) at Mizzou Invite.

2011-12: Placed 10th in 1,650 free (17:12.90), 14th in 500 free (4:57.27 in prelim), 23rd in 200 (1:55.20 in prelim) at MPSF Championships... All marks were season bests... Moved into 4th on school's all-time 500 free list... Fastest 1,000 free was her 10:20.78 split in mile race at conference... Earned MPSF All-Academic.

2010-11: Placed 4th in 1,650 (17:06.04), 6th in 500 free (4:58.30) at MPSF Championships, both season-best marks... Ranks 5th in school history with that 1,650 time entering senior year... Also placed 16th in 400 IM at conference, hitting 4:33.24 in prelim, good for No. 9 in school history at the time... Posted team season-best 10:22.34 in 1,000 at Texas Invite... MPSF All-Academic honoree.

2009-10: Finished 5th overall in the 1,000 freestyle (team season-best 10:15.66) and 6th in the 1,650 freestyle (season-best 17:08.91) at Big West Championships... Earned second swim in 500 freestyle, placing 6th with season-best 5:00.56, then 5th in UC Davis record book.

LA JOLLA HS '09: Advanced to San Diego Section finals in 200 free (3rd) and 500 free (3rd) as a senior... Finished 3rd in 500 free at section meet as a junior... Helped team CIF-SDS title in 2007, the first in school history... Earned All-America Consideration as part of record-setting 400 free relay at 2009 section championships... Served as editor-in-chief of school yearbook in 2008-09... Earned San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic first-team nods in 2008 and 2009... Also competed for North Coast Aquatics, qualifying for Short Course Junior Nationals in 1,500 free and 800 free in 2008... National qualifier in 1,500 free in 2009, placing 3rd in her age group at Junior Olympics.

PERSONAL: Born in Los Angeles, Calif.... communication major... Parents are William & Kathleen Benefield... Sister Gloria swims at Cal Poly... Cousin Vince Welnick is the keyboardist for the band Grateful Dead... Competed for the North Coast Aquatics club team in San Diego.