Getting to know Mara Loniewski
Where were you born?
Farmington Hills, Mich.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was ten I wanted to be...an Olympic swimmer. Now I want to be...an advertiser.
What is your favorite movie?
Tommy Boy and Boondock Saints
Why did you choose Michigan State University?
I came from a family of Spartans and liked the program.
Who is your favorite MSU athlete of all time?
Name one person living or dead, that you would most like to compete against?
Ryan Lochte just so I could meet him then marry him.
Top 5 songs on your iPod?
1. Whatever you like- T.I.
2. I run this- Lil Wayne (anything Lil Wayne)
3. Clumsy- Fergie
4. Get Buck in Here- Diddy feat Akon
5. Till I collapse- Eminem
Your favorite moment in the outdoor pool?
Jumping off the 10 meter numerous times freshman year or running into the water full speed trying not to be affected by the cold air in November.
GREEN or WHITE???
Green of course
What is your favorite animal?
Junior Season: Posted the fastest time of the season and third-fastest time in school history in the 200 freestyle (1:50.55) at the Big Ten Championships (2/18) ... Placed second in the 500 free vs. Houston (10/31) with a 5:06.64 ... Took second in the 200 free with a 1:51.43 at the TYR Invitational (11/22) ... Part of the 800 free relay team that took second vs. Houston with a 7:51.38 and second at the TYR Invitational with a 7:28.96.
Sophomore Season: Clocked a varsity top-10 time in the 200 free (1:52.23) at the Big Ten Championships (2/21)...Took first in the 200 free (1:54.79) vs. Oakland (1/25)...Part of the 400 free relay team that placed first at Michigan (1/18)...Swam in four events at the Big Ten Championships.
Freshman Season: Swam to five first-place finishes on the season ... Opened the campaign by winning the 200 free (1:53.70) in MSU's win over Akron (10/20) ... Followed that with another 200 free win the next day against Illinois ... Placed first in the 200 free and third in the 100 free versus Michigan (10/25) ... Posted season-best 500 free time (5:03.38) in first-place swim against Iowa and then added a victory in the 200 free (1:54.25) and a third-place effort in the 100 free (53.86) against the Hawkeyes (10/28) ... Notched second-place finishes in the 200 free and 500 free versus Ohio State (11/11) ... Placed second in the 200 free (1:54.91) and third in the 500 free (5:09.20) against Purdue (1/13) ... Competed in five events at the Big Ten Championships, posting a team-best 1:53.32 in the 200 free ... Also saw action in the 100 and 500 free and the 800 and 400 free relays.
High School: Four-year letterwinner in swimming at Mercy High School for coach Shannon Dunworth ... Won the state championship in the 200 freestyle ... Earned all-state and all-area honors ... Named team captain twice ... Competed for the Ann Arbor Swim Club.
Personal: Born June 29, 1988 in Farmington Hills, Mich. ... Daughter of Joseph and Kelly Loniewski ... Aunt, Cathy, swam for Albion College ... Kinesiology major.