Meri Bennett-Swanson
Meri  Bennett-Swanson


Vernon Hills, Ill.

High School:
Vernon Hills



Political Science


DePaul Athletics Celebrates Championship Class of 2017

Seniors led Blue Demons to six BIG EAST titles this season---the most in school history


Blue Demons Celebrate an Unforgettable Season

January and Schulte Share Most Valuable Player honor at Tuesday night's festive awards banquet


January's Triple-Double Leads DePaul Over Georgetown

The 79-70 win clinches fourth consecutive BIG EAST regular-season championship


DePaul Battles Georgetown on Senior Day Sunday

No. 19/18 Blue Demons can clinch fourth-straight BIg EAST regular season title with win


DePaul Bids Farewell to Four Fabulous Seniors

Meri Bennett-Swanson, Jacqui Grant, Jessica January and Brooke Schulte will be honored on Senior Day Sunday


BIG EAST Quarterfinals vs. Seton Hall

Shots from DePaul's quarterfinal game vs. Seton Hall Sunday night.


DePaul vs. Providence

DePaul topped Providence 96-50 on Sunday, Jan. 24. Following the win, the Blue Demons celebrated head Coach Doug Bruno's 600th win as DePaul's head coach.


DePaul Women's Basketball

vs. St. Xavier

Career: Three-time member of the BIG EAST All-Academic Team… honored with the Political Science Department Outstanding Senior Award... three-time recipient of DePaul’s Shirley Becker Academic Award… Pat Ewers Unsung Hero Award... one of four captains for the 2016-17 season.

2016-17 (Junior): Played in 23 games with one start... scored a career-high six points at Loyola... scored in seven games... matched career-high three rebounds in three games... notched season highs with three field goals and four attempts at Loyola... career-high three assists vs. No. 11/18 Syracuse.

2015-16 (Sophomore):
Appeared in 19 games… averaged 4.8 minutes per game with a season-high 16 minutes against Chicago State… scored four points against Southern Illinois and went 2-for-3 from the field… grabbed a career-best three rebounds against Chicago State… career-best three steals against Illinois State… also recorded steals against Chicago State and Providence… one assist against Xavier.

2014-15: Did not play.

2013-14 (Freshman): Appeared in 20 games including DePaul's NCAA Sweet 16 game against Texas A&M... season-best 13 minutes against Harvard... scored a season-high four points against Louisiana-Monroe... saw action in 10 BIG EAST Conference games.

High School: Played for coach Paul Brettner at Vernon Hills High School... graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker... finished career with 1,394 points, 718 rebounds and 280 blocks... led team to a 33-3 record as a senior, including conference, sectional and regional championships... VHHS Cougars went a combined 47-9 during her junior and senior seasons and finished as IBCA Class 3A State Runner-Up in both seasons... four-time All-North Suburban Conference performer... IBCA Class 3A All-State selection as a junior and senior... member of the National Honor Society... named an Advanced Placement Scholar with honors... first Division I recruit to come out of Vernon Hills High School.

Personal: Daughter of Shane Swanson and Susan Bennett... brother, Nathan... full name is Meredith... played oboe in high school and was an Illinois Music Educators All-State musician... both parents received music scholarships to the University of Iowa... father, Shane, played the trumpet, mother, Susan, played the flute... majoring in political science.

Career Numbers
Career Stats

Career Highs

Points: 6, at Loyola (12-18-16)
Rebounds: 3, x4 last UT Martin (12-20-16)
Assists: 3, Syracuse (11-27-16)
Steals: 3, Illinois State (12-05-15)
Blocks: 1, x8 last, Northern Iowa (03-17-17)
Field Goals: 3, at Loyola (12-18-16)
FG Attempts: 4, x2 last, at Loyola (12-18-16)
3-pt. FG: NA    
3-pt. FG Attempts: 1, x4 last Georgetown (02-26-17)
Free Throws: 2, 2x last, Seton Hall (02-05-17)
FT Attempts: 2, 3x last, Seton Hall (02-05-17)
Minutes: 16, Chicago State (11-24-15)

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