2012 SEC All-Freshman Team
2012 NCAA Qualifier
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012-13)
Competed in dual meets against Centenary, Vanderbilt and Auburn before leaving the team for personal reasons.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011-12)
Sparkled in her debut season in the sprint freestyle and breaststroke events … Earned SEC All-Freshman Honors after being the only freshman to qualify for the championship final of the 50 free with the program’s fifth fastest time of 22.66 at the SEC Championships … Ended her 50 free run at the conference meet in eighth place with a mark of 23.03 … Posted a career best 100 breast time of 1:04.08 and career best 100 free time of 50.81 at SEC’s … Swam in the 200 free relay, the 50 free and the 200 medley relay at NCAA’s … In addition to the postseason, competed in every dual meet and the Tennessee Invitational … Earned gold in the 50 free (23.57) in a quad meet victory over Houston, Rice and Tulane … Took silver in the 50 free (23.90) in a victory over Alabama … Finished third in the 100 free (52.55) against Florida … Posted a pair of victories in the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay in a victory over Tulane … Earned her first varsity letter.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the premier prep sprinters from the international ranks … A member of the CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 … A Finnish national champion who competed at multiple European Championships and elite international competitions … Boasts blistering long-course marks of 25.65 and 56.43 in the 50m and 100m freestyle … Also holds a mark of 25.23 in the short-course 50m free …
Born August 17, 1992, in Helsinki, Finland … Parents are Jorma and Kaija Niemi … Has one sister, Susanne … Plans to major in art and design.
MARLENE’S TOP TIMES
50 freestyle, 22.66, 2012 SEC Championships
100 freestyle, 50.81, 2012 SEC Championships
100 breaststroke, 1:04.08, 2012 SEC Championships