Four-time SEC Champion (400 FR, 800 FR)
CSCAA Academic All-American
SEC Academic Honor Roll
Junior Season (2008-09)
Competed at the 2009 U.S. Senior National Championships in the 50m free, 100m free, 100m back and 200m back ... Finished seventh in the 100 back in 1:01.35 and took 11th in the 200 back in 2:12.70 ... In the freestyle events, Marik finished 15th in the 100 free (56.07) and 25th in the 50 free (26.05) ... Recorded five All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas ... Swam the third leg of the 200 free relay that finished third in a school-record breaking time of 1:27.48 ... Also swam the third leg of the fifth-place 400 free relay (3:12.75) ... Member of the eighth-place 800 free relay that touched the wall in 7:04.85 ... Swam in the B Final of the 200 back and took 12th overall (1:53.93) ... Marik's prelim time in the event of 1:53.69 ranks fourth all-time at Auburn ... Finished 14th overall in the 100 back in 52.78, a time that ranks seventh all-time ... Marik swam the third leg for a pair of title-capturing relays at the 2009 SEC Championships ... Member of the SEC record-breaking 800 free relay that finished first in 6:54.02 ... A part of the 400 free relay that also finished first in a conference-record 3:12.00 ... Individually, Marik swam in three A Finals for Auburn ... Took sixth in the 100 back in 52.94, seventh in the 50 free in 22.59 and eighth in 100 free in 48.89 ... Marik's time in the 100 free ranks ninth all-time at Auburn ... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Sophomore Season (2007-08)
Competed at the 2008 United States Olympic Trails in the 200m free, 100m back, 200m back and 100 fly, finishing 86th in the 200m free (2:04.10), 53rd in the 100m back (1:03.53), 45th in the 200 back (2:16.38) and 81st in the 100m fly (1:02.04)... At NCAAs, Marik earned three All-America honors in the 400 free relay, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, along with two honorable mention honors in the 100 back and 200 back... Swam the backstroke leg (53.56) on the runner-up 400 medley relay team that posted a time of 3:32.84... Also swam the second leg (1:48.24) on the eighth-place 800 free relay (7:06.71), and the third leg (49.20) in the prelims of the 400 free relay that finished fourth in the finals... Individually, Marik swam to a ninth-place finish in the 100 back (53.31) and a 13th-place finish in the 200 back (1:55.78)... At the SEC Championships, Marik swam the third leg (22.70) on the SEC Champion 800 free relay that set a then-American record with a time of 6:57.28... Also swam the second leg (48.89) on the SEC Champion 400 free relay... Individually, Marik qualified for two "A" finals in the 100 back and 200 back, swimming to a third-place finish in the 200 back (1:54.17), a fourth-place finish in the 100 back (53.49) and a 12th-place finish in the 100 fly (54.44)... Her time of 1:54.17 in the 200 back at SEC's was a season-best... SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Freshman Season (2006-07)
Competed in the 50m free, 100m back, 200m back and the 100m fly at the U.S. Senior National Championships... Earned four All-America honors as a freshman at the NCAA Championships... Finished eighth in the 100 back (53.82) and 200 back (1:56.69)... Also swam on the fourth-place 200 and 400 free relay teams... Swam the third leg on the 200 free relay team with a 22.39 split while posting a 48.66 split on the 400 free relay team, also on the third leg... Also competed in the 50 free at NCAAs, finishing 31st (22.89) in prelims... Finished fifth in the 200 back (1:57.57) at the SEC Championships... Also finished seventh in the 100 back (55.65) and 12th in the 200 fly (55.40) at SECs... Swam on the winning 400m medley relay and 400m free relay teams at the U.S. Open.
Attended Neuqua Valley High School and competed with the Academy Bullets Swim Club under coach Bill Schalz... Illinois state record holder (100 back)... Six-time state champion... Finished fifth at the 2006 Spring Nationals (100 back)... Came in 19th at the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 100 back... National Merit Scholarship Letter of Commendation.
Full name is Melissa Anne Marik... Parents are Frank and Gail Marik... Has one sister, Heather... Her dad was an All-American swimmer (50/100 free) at Augustana College... Majoring in actuarial science.