Marc Benvenuti enters his 18th season as the head men’s and women’s swimming coach as well as the director of the aquatics program at Connecticut College in 2019-20. Since his arrival in 2002, the Camel swimming programs have consistently been among the institution’s strongest programs in the prestigious New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) each year and are regularly ranked among the top 25 teams in the country.
Under Benvenuti’s tutelage, the Camel men have scored at the NCAA Championships 13 times overall and in 12 consecutive years between 2007 and 2018. The team most notably registered a top-25 finish in five straight seasons between 2012 and 2016, which was highlighted by a program-best 12th-place performance in 2014. The Camels have also placed third four times at the NESCAC Championships and have also finished among the top five 11 times over the last 13 years at the conference’s championship event. Sam Gill was most notably the co-national champion in the 100-yard backstroke event in 2014.
The Camel women have been as equally impressive during Benvenuti’s tenure. The team has scored 13 times at the NCAA Championships and peaked in 2017 by placing 10th in the country. Mary Erb also won the title in the 200-yard breastroke and became the first freshman in any varsity sport to be crowned a national champion at the institution in 2017. On the conference level, the Camels placed third at the NESCAC Championships in 2017 and 2018 and have finished among the league’s top five in the standings 10 times. Kate Kavenok also became the first student-athlete in any sport to win a national title when she captured the 50 free in 2004.
Outside of the pool, Benvenuti’s men’s and women’s programs have consistently been named CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams for registering a team GPA of a 3.0 or better. The women most recently posted a 3.77 team GPA, which ranked second nationally, during the 2018 spring semester and boasted the top GPA in the country among NCAA Division III institutions during the 2017 spring semester.
Benvenuti, who has been recognized as the NESCAC Coach of the Year six times, joined Connecticut College after serving as the lead assistant coach at Princeton University. At Princeton, he was responsible for the sprint program and contributed to a Tiger squad that posted a lofty 17-2 mark in the Ivy League. Four of his swimmers advanced to the NCAA Championships, and one of them qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
A native of nearby Waterford, Connecticut, Benvenuti earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies from Tufts University in 1996. As one of the most successful Jumbo swimmers, he was a five-time All-American who set several school records which stood for many years after his graduation.