Individually, the junior has been a state finalist in the 200 IM the past three years. She finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and was seventh in the 200 IM at this week’s state meet. She also is a two-time YMCA Nationals qualifier.
The journey to swimming success was an arduous one for Bendall, who played a number of sports, including soccer and lacrosse, as a child. She even made Monticello’s lacrosse team her freshman year but elected to leave the sport to remain in the water year-round.
Swimming is heavily rooted within Bendall’s family. Her mother competed in the breaststroke at the University of Wisconsin. The Monticello standout is proud to follow in her mom’s footsteps.
“Despite having never been a planner, I’ve known since seventh grade what career path I wanted to follow, so making this progress toward that felt amazing,” Bendall said. “Swimming in college was never really a possibility until serious improvements in my sophomore year, so I cannot describe how it feels to fulfill a dream so recently realized.”
The road to Northeastern started early for Bendall, who researched prospective colleges and swimming programs in the winter of her sophomore year, six months before the recruiting window opened.
“I set out with a clear goal in the recruiting process, prioritizing academic and career opportunities over swimming,” Bendall said. “Northeastern was near the top of my list. It was the only school that offered my top major of pharmaceutical sciences and also had an incredible curriculum built around the co-op program.”