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Ashlie Benson
Ashlie Benson


Edwardsville, Ill.

High School:
Edwardsville HS




SOPHOMORE/2012-13: Did not compete as a sophomore.

FRESHMAN/2011-12: Posted a personal-best time in the 50 butterfly at the PCSC Championships with a mark of 28.05 ... That time was the team's third fastest ... Also lowered her best time in the 100 butterfly to 1:02.23 at the conference meet ... Anchored the 400 freestyle relay team at the Arena Invite to help clock a season-best time of 3:45.45 ... Other season bests include 27.69 (50 freestyle), 54.79 (100 freestyle), 2:04.55 (200 freestyle), 5:43.16 (500 freestyle), 30.28 (50 backstroke) and 1:05.04 (100 backstroke) ... Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

CLUB: Member of the Edwardsville YMCA (EDWY) Breakers swim club for nine years ... Six-time YMCA national qualifier ... Holds multiple EDWY Breakers swim records ... EDWY Breakers "Outstanding Swimmer of the Year" award winner in 2004.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Edwardsville High School in 2011 ... Spent three seasons on the varsity swim team ... Also lettered in cross country ... High school best marks include 54.72 (100 freestyle) and 1:00.19 (100 backstroke) ... State meet qualifier and a sectional freestyle champion as a freshman ... Member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Born in Springfield, Mo. ... Lists hometown as Edwardsville, Ill. ... Daughter of Bob and Sue Rettle and Aaron and Carmen Benson ... Older sister to LaKota and Evelyn ... Majoring in International Management Studies ... Stepfather Bob is a swim coach ... Uncle David Whisler was a quarterback at Lindenwood University ... Spent time living in Spain ... Chose Pepperdine because of "the religious setting, academic opportunities and the location."

FAVORITES: Stephen Pifer (pro athlete) ... Barcelona FC (pro sports team) ... Hunger Game (book) ... Zoolander (movie) ... Scrubs (TV show) ... Filet mignon (food) ... Cross country (sport other than swimming) ... Mumford & Sons (musical artist) ... Hobbies include traveling abroad and surfing.

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