Valley Announces Swimmer/Diver of the Week (Feb. 5)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Missouri Valley Conference recognizes Southern Illinois' Pamela Benitez as Swimmer of the Week and Esther Chen as Diver of the Week.

Pamela Benitez, Jr., Southern Illinois, San Salvador, El Salvador

Weekend Results

500 Free - 4:58.96 - 1st of 7
200 Free - 1:51.82 - 1st of 8
250 Free - 2:25.66 - 1st of 8

Pamela Benitez went 3-for-3 in individual events, leading SIU to a 154-89 win over Evansville on Saturday afternoon. Benitez swept the 200-, 250- and 500-yard freestyles in impressive fashion and was the only three-event winner in the dual meet. In going 3-for-3, Benitez has now won 18 of 19 individual events in dual meets in her career. In the meet's first individual event, Benitez won the 500-yard freestyle (4:58.96) by seven seconds over teammate Helena Amorim. In the very next event, Benitez cruised to a win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.82), this time winning by nearly five seconds over her teammate. In the 250-yard freestyle, she cruised to her third win of the day (2:25.66).

Esther Chen, Jr., Southern Illinois, Wuhan, China

Weekend Results

1-meter: 315.15 - 1st of 6
3-meter: 322.81 - 1st of 6

Saluki newcomer Esther Chen dominated the springboard in Southern's 154-89 win over Evansville on Saturday afternoon. She started off with a convincing win in the one-meter dive (315.15), being the only diver to eclipse the 300-point total and winning by nearly 30 points. She accomplished the same feats in the three-meter dive (322.81), winning by nearly 40 points. Chen, who joined the team in the spring semester, is now a perfect 4-for-4 in her young SIU career.