Brooke Bennett is popularly known for being one of the most elite swimmers in the country.
Early on, Brooke’s talent and determination was fueled by her grandfather who encouraged her to
hone her talents in the water as she truly seemed to be a “water baby!” Brooke’s grandfather built
her a swimming pool and subsequently taught her to swim. He is still, today, her role model to whom she still dedicates every race.
At the young age of 12, Brooke qualified for her first Junior National Qualifying time. After a few amazing years and a few hundred medals at the National, Pan Pacs and other U.S. and International competitions, Bennett went on to win her very first gold medal in the 800 meter freestyle at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games at just 16 years old. That same year, the U.S. Olympic Committee named Brooke the “Sports Woman of the Year.” After ultimately adding 14 U.S. champion titles to her record, Bennett continued her success at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, winning TWO gold medals, one in the 800 meter freestyle and another in the 400 meter freestyle.
Inspired by Bennett’s passion and athleticism, Wheaties honored her wins by placing her on the cover of their “Breakfast of Champions” cereal box. Disney also praised Bennett’s success by cementing her handprints at the Disney / MGM Studios. Brooke Bennett is popularly known as being one of the most elite swimmers in the country.
Brooke left her sports broadcasting position at Bright House Sports Network to pursue her passion which is teaching children how to swim and be water safe. She now owns and run the Brooke Bennett Swim Academy (BBSA). When she isn’t teaching she is training in the pool and open water, Brooke is also a new mother. She and husband Jeremy are parents to a one-year old baby boy, who is also proving to be a “water baby” in his own right. Bennett is also a certified personal trainer and nutritionist through the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT).
When Brooke isn’t in the pool, she loves to cook and can be found whipping up one of her own healthy recipes. She is also an avid animal lover, enjoys spending time with her four dogs, and cheering on her husband’s football team!
Brooke wins 400m freestyle at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney Australia