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Her signature is speed, and endurance. By winning the 50-yard freestyle event in the Virginia Age Group Championship, Potomac Elementary school student, and Massad YMCA Ray year-round swimmer,,Caroline Bentz has the unique distinction of being the fastest 10-year old swimmer in the state. Her time of 27.47 placed her 11 seconds faster than her closest competitor. According to swim industry standards, the 50-yard freestyle is the fastest event at a given meet.
During the competition, Bentz competed in eight events, which included 50-yard freestyle (1st, 27.47); 100-yard freestyle (2nd, 1:00.78); 200-yard freestyle (4th, 2:18.68); 100-yard IM (6th, 1:13.76); 200-yard IM (7th, 2:40.40); 50-yard butterfly (9th, 32.75); 100-yard butterfly (15th, 1:18.45); 100-yard backstroke (21st, 1:17.34).
Rays head coach, Delwyn Jones said, “She is a special little girl with a lot of talent, and drive to swim fast. I am excited to continue to work with her through future seasons, and I look forward to seeing her do great things in the pool. Her state championship in the 50-free is only the beginning, if she continues to work hard, and have fun doing it.”
While Virginia Swimming Championship covers all of the state, Potomac Valley Championships focuses on the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Bentz’s top 50-yard freestyle performance distinguished her as the top swimmer in both areas.
Her journey into the world of aquatic competition began at age two as a member of the Dahlgren Sharks. Two years later she began competing for the Sharks.
Like many swim families, the Bentz family has a long and successful history of swim competition. Her older twin sisters, Alexandra and Christiana were standout swimmers for the King George High School team. The Bentz sisterly duo helped the Foxes women’s team win three consecutive swim championships.
Nowadays, Alexandra attends the University of Mary Washington, and Christiana is a student at the University of Pittsburgh. Alexandra is a member of the UMW women’s synchronized swim team.
Lastly, older brother Asher, is a current member of the Foxes men’s swim team.
The whole concept of swimming began with Bentz’s mother Carril. As a young child, Carril’s father was adamant about adding a swimming pool at the local YMCA, in her small town located in New York. After her father collected signatures throughout her town, tax money was utilized to build a swimming pool. “My father was passionate about sports, because when children participate in sports they are gearing their minds, and hearts towards something positive,” Carril said. “I started swimming at the YMCA at age 5, because I knew it was something important in my life that needed to be done—children need to learn how to swim.”
Now that the short course season has ended, Bentz is looking forward to the long course season, which begins in April, and lasts until August. After August, she will compete in zone competition.