2010-2011: Earned a berth in the Big East Championship...garnered a spot on the Big East top 20 for the 50 back during the 2011 Senior Recognition Meet...placed fourth with a personal best in the 100 back at the Frank Elm Invite...finished second in the 100 breast against St. Bonaventure.
2009-10: Qualified for her second consecutive Big East Championships...participated in the Speedo Champions Series, where she took seventh as a member of the 400 free relay team...also competed on the B team in two other relays, finishing seventh in the 400 medley relay and eighth in the 800 free relay...finished third among her teammates in the 200 back.
2008-09: Set freshman records in the 100 and 200 back at her first Big East Championship meet...recorded the team's fastest times in those same events...posted the team's second fastest time in the 50 back at the Hoosierland Open Invitational...held the third fastest 200 IM time at the BEC... first in the 100 and 200 back against Cincinnati...first in the 200 IM and third in the 200 back versus West Virginia...second in the 100 back and third in the 200 back against Notre Dame...third in the 200 back and fourth overall in the 100 back against Virginia Tech...named Pitt Swimmer of the Meet on Nov 15.
High School:A three-time All-American while swimming at Allen Park...a Mega-Red Conference Swimmer of the Meet, twice...named the Allen Park team MVP...an eight-time all-state selection...honored on the all-city team 16 times...awarded the News Herald Athlete of the Week, three times...earned the Detroit Free Press Athlete of the Week distinction...led her team to a 16th-place state finish and a Mega League Championship with a 9-1 finish as a senior...participated in the senior nationals (2003), junior nationals (2005 & 2006), YMCA nationals (2007 & 2008) and the US Open (2006 & 2007)...led the Farmington Family YMCA Stingrays to a 2007 second-place national finish...claimed national titles as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay team...lettered in track and field...she was a member of the National Honor Society and won the Marine Corps Outstanding Athlete Award.
Personal: Born January 4, 1990...daughter of Michael and Coleen Bender...has two sisters Erin and Molly...majors in communications and English Writing.
Pitt Swim & Dive Teams Dominate on Senior Day
Giordano, Sharp Sweep vs. Carnegie Mellon, Clarion
Swim and Dive Caps Regular Season at Home
Sharp Tabbed ACC Diver of the Week
Pitt Swimming and Diving Sweeps Denison
Swimming and Diving Continues Action vs. Denison