Bennani explores the waters of UCSD

Senior Sabrina Bennani models her UCSD merch on her college recruitment trip.

Seven days a week, both her afternoons and mornings consisted of swimming and dryland. This opportunity made all of her time and effort worth it.  Senior Sabrina Bennani verbally committed to University of California San Diego (UCSD) for swimming and academics Thursday, Oct. 7.

UCSD is National Collegiate Athletic Association division one in swimming.  Most swimmers at Bennani’s level usually commit in their junior year, but because of COVID-19, Bennani’s commitment was delayed.  

“I did visit other colleges but I really liked UCSD’s swim team. The atmosphere [and]  the location, [were] a great fit for me,” Bennani said. “I’m really excited that I was offered a roster spot to swim on the team.”

Benanni was looking at colleges such as George Washington University, Rutgers University and Arizona University.  However, Benanni saw UCSD as a better fit. 

“When I went to visit [UCSD], I really appreciated that they were mostly there for their academics and how everyone had their head on straight and they were really focused on their future,” Bennani said.

Along with her swimming process, Bennani is a three-time recipient of the Scholastic All-American award.  Students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.5 and a Winter Junior National time. Bennani has a 4.0 GPA and a U.S. Open qualifying time.

“To be able to have that title for three years now, I’m really proud,” Bennani said. “I’ve been able to balance my swim and academics well so far.”

Although not everything in Bennani’s life is confirmed in her mind, she is still looking forward to her future at UCSD.

“Going into college, I’m always doubting,”  Bennani said.  “Honestly, I’m kind of scared about a new chapter in my life, but I’m relieved that I was able to verbally commit.  I’m really grateful that I have the opportunity to go [to UCSD].”

Written by David Kang, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Sabrina Bennani