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 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.[8]

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. ^ a b Anderson, Anthony (10 August 2008). "Local Sports: Lindsay Mintenko enjoys new Olympic role". The Elkhart Truth. Retrieved 21 October 2015. In high school for Elkhart Central, she was the first swimmer in IHSAA history to sweep two individual events all four years while piling up All-American honors. 

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

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