College swimmer Sydney Benveniste found dead in California

Sydney Benveniste, a sophomore swimmer at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, died earlier this week.

Benveniste’s death was announced Wednesday afternoon by the university. No cause of death was given.

Sydney Benveniste
Sydney Benveniste (Facebook)

“On behalf of Azusa Pacific University, the athletics department, and swim & dive program, our thoughts and prayers are with the Benveniste family following the tragic death of their daughter Sydney,” athletic director Gary Pine said in a statement.

Benveniste graduated high school in 2019 and enrolled at Azusa Pacific, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, that fall. She swam multiple disciplines during her freshman year. She redshirted last year, when the Division II school competed in only four events due to the pandemic.

The NCAA Division II Swimming Championships begin next Wednesday. However, Benveniste last swam for Azusa Pacific this season in November 2021.

Benveniste is the second college athlete in California to die this week. Stanford women’s soccer goalkeeper Katie Meyer was found dead on the Northern California university’s campus on Tuesday.

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