Former USC NCAA champion and Olympic gold medallist Lindsay Mintenko (formerly Lindsay Benko) was named a USC swimming assistant coach by Head Coach Mark Schubert on July 6, 2005.
A five-time NCAA champion at USC from 1996-99, Mintenko (who recently married Olympic swimmer Mike Mintenko) was one of the world's top freestyle swimmers, winning gold medals as a U.S. team captain at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. A career 10-time U.S. national champion who won three medals at the 2003 World Championships, Benko holds the world and American records in the 200 and 400 freestyles (scm) and is the American record-holder in the 200 free (lcm).
She also served as a USC volunteer assistant coach from 2001-2004 while training under Schubert with the Trojan Swim Club.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Mintenko won her second career gold medal after swimming in the prelims of the 4x200m free relay and won a silver medal after a prelim swim in the 4x100m free relay. She also swam the 200m free. She won her final U.S. national title in the 200m free in the Spring of 2004.
In 2003, she won a gold and a silver on two relays at the 2003 World Championships. She also won her eighth and ninth U.S. national titles at the 2003 U.S. Spring Nationals, and was the high-point scorer at the meet. In 2002, she won the 200m free at the Short Course World Championships and the Pan-Pacific Championships. In 2001, she won a gold and a silver at the Goodwill Games.
At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Minenko won gold as part of the 4x200m free relay, swimming the third leg in the final, and also swam in the 200m free and 200m back.
Mintenko served as a co-captain for the U.S. contingent at the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships, also in Sydney, Australia. She proceeded to have the meet of her life down under, winning five medals and swimming on an American record relay. She won a pair of golds in the 4x100m and 4x200m free relays, the latter setting a U.S. record. In fact, her lead-off leg of the relay (1:58.86) was the third-fastest all-time American performance for 200 meters. Mintenko also won silver medals in the 200m and 400m free and a bronze in the 200m back.
Mintenko's 10 U.S. national titles included seven in the 200m free, two in the 400m free and one in the 200m back. She won a silver medal at the 1998 World Championships as part of the U.S. 800m free relay and also reached the finals of the 200m free. She also won a gold in the 4x200m free relay at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships.
She finished her career at Troy as a five-time NCAA champion, three in the 500y free (1996, 1997 and 1999) and two in the 200y back (1996 and 1997). Mintenko, a team captain as a junior and senior, was a 21-time All-American in her four-year stay at USC and reached the NCAA finals in all 12 individual events in which she competed. Her five career NCAA wins at USC was second only to Kristine Quance's eight and at the end of the 1998-99 spring semester and she owned a USC-high eight individual school records and five relay records. She also won six career Pac-10 titles.