Matt Benecki
Matt  Benecki

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fairfax, Va.

High School:
Chantilly HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 190

Position:
Distance Freestyle


02/25/2012

No. 16 Gophers Finish Fourth at Big Ten Championships

Minnesota has finished in the top-four at the event since 1989.

02/23/2012

No. 16 Gophers in Seventh Place after Day 2 of Big Ten Championships

Minnesota posted eight NCAA "B" qualifying times and two NCAA zone qualifying marks, giving them 116 points.

02/04/2012

No. 16 Minnesota Posts Strong Finish at Minnesota Challenge

The Gophers claimed 12 titles on the final day of the event.

02/02/2012

No. 16 Gophers Host Minnesota Challenge

Gophers look to stay on top.

01/28/2012

No. 16 Minnesota Wins Big Ten Triple Duals

Gophers take down No. 17 Purdue and Wisconsin

2011-12 •JUNIOR SEASON:
Established three career top times and scored in two events at the Big Ten Championships • placed eighth in the 1650 free (15:06.53) • placed 11th in the 500 free (14:22.03) • finished in 31st in the 200 free (1:38.71) • won the 1650 free at the Minnesota Challange • won the 500 free at the Triple duals • claimed two titles at the Iowa dual in the 500 and 1000 free • letterwinner.

2010-11 • SOPHOMORE SEASON:
Scored and posted season-best times in two events at the Big Ten Championships • finished seventh in the 1650 free (15:10.11) • placed 16th in the 500 free (4:26.96) • won both the 500 and 1000 free races against Wisconsin and Iowa • won the 500 free against North Carolina • won the 1650 free against Missouri • won the 500 free at the Triple Duals • placed fifth in the 500 free at the Minnesota Grand Prix • placed eighth in the 1650 free at the Georgia Invitational • letterwinner.

2009-10 • FRESHMAN SEASON:

One of Minnesota's top distance freestyle performers as a freshman • competed at the Big Ten Championships, placing 20th in the 1650 free, 17th in the 500 free and 40th in the 200 free • finaled twice at the Minnesota Grand Prix including a fifth-place showing in the 500 free and an eighth-place finish in the 1000 free • placed fourth in the 1650 free at the Ohio State Invitational • picked up first career collegiate victory by winning the 500 freestyle at the Minnesota Challenge • letterwinner.

HIGH SCHOOL:
A 2009 graduate of Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Va. • two time Virginia state champion in the 500 freestyle • shattered the state record in the event as a junior and senior • NISCA All-American • 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier • rated as a five-star recruit by Swimming World Magazine • also competes for The Fish under his father and head coach Ray Benecki • multiple-time competitor at the U.S. Open • finished seventh in the 800-meter free at the 2008 meet • Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals qualifier.

PERSONAL:
Plans to major in geology • son of Joanne and Raymond Benecki • has two brothers, Steven and Kevin • born September 8, 1990.

Benecki's Top Times:
200 free 1:38.71 2/24/12
500 free 4:22.03 2/23/12
1000 free 9:06.04 11/4/11
1650 free 15:06.53 2/25/12

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