In 1996, she was named the Sportswoman of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee. Over the course of her swimming career, she won 14 USA Swimming national titles and graced the cover of Wheaties “Breakfast of Champions” cereal box. Disney also praised Bennett’s success by having her handprints in cement at the Disney/ MGM Studios.
Bennett followed up her swimming career as a sports broadcaster for Bright House Sports Network in Florida and have announced at the RCP Tiburon Mile a number of times.
1996 Atlanta Olympics
Bennett’s first gold medal came in the 800m freestyle race at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Gamess.
2000 Sydney Olympics
Bennett's second and third gold medals came in the 400m and 800m freestyle as she set an Olympic record in the 800.
2004 Athens Olympics
Her attempt for a third straight Olympic appearance fell short in 2004, following operations on both of her shoulders in 2001. She finished third in the 800m freestyle at the USA Olympic Trials.