Lindsay Benko

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Lindsay Benko
Personal information
Full name Lindsay Dianne Benko
National team  United States
Born (1976-11-29) November 29, 1976 (age 38)
Elkhart, Indiana
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 163 lb (74 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, backstroke
Club Trojan Swim Club
College team University of Southern California[1]

Lindsay Dianne Benko (born November 29, 1976), also known by her married name as Lindsay Mintenko, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. She represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2004 Summer Olympics. She held the short-course world record in the 400-meter freestyle (at 3:59.53) for nearly three years from January 2003 to December 2005.[2]

At the 2000 Olympics, she was a member of the USA's gold-medal-winning 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[3][4] Four years later, at the 2004 Olympics, she earned gold swimming in the heats of the 4×200 m freestyle relay and silver swimming the heats of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay.[5][6]

In 2005, she married Canadian swimmer Mike Mintenko.[7] She currently works for USA Swimming as the national team managing director, and uses her married name professionally.[8]

Early years[edit]

Benko attended the Stanley Clark School in South Bend, Indiana, for her elementary education. Upon graduating from Stanley Clark, she attended Elkhart Central High School in Elkhart, Indiana.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lindsay Benko, Paige Francis named Swimming assistant coaches. Published by the Pac-10 Conference on 2005-07-06, retrieved 2012-03-27.
  2. ^ Women's 400 Free results (finals) from the 2003-04 World Cup meet in Berlin. Published by Omega Timing on 2003-01-26, retrieved 2012-03-27.
  3. ^ "ESPN Sydney Swimming". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  4. ^ Benko's entry from Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  5. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  6. ^ "7th FINA World Championships - 25m Indianapolis 2004" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  7. ^ Canadian champion Mike Mintenko retires. Published by SwimNews on 2005-11-11, retrieved 2012-03-27.
  8. ^ "Lindsay Mintenko enjoys new Olympic role". 

Preceded by
Claudia Poll
Women's 400-meter freestyle
world record-holder (short course)

January 26, 2003 – December 10, 2005
Succeeded by
Laure Manaudou