Honors & Awards
Academic All-Big Ten (2012)
Second-Team Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012)
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2008, 2009, 2010; Spring 2009, 2011)
Mailene Leslie produced six top-seven finishes as a senior in 2011-12, including two third-place finishes in the 1,000-yard freestyle (Iowa State, Illinois). She also finished in the top seven in the 200-yard freestyle (UNO, South Dakota State), the 500-yard freestyle (South Dakota State) and the 1,650-yard freestyle (Kansas).
The native of Corvallis, Ore., earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012. She also claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2011-12.
Leslie continued her consistent swimming with the Huskers in 2010-11. She contributed seven top-five finishes, including a second-place showing in the 400-yard freestyle against South Dakota in November. Leslie set season-best times in the 200-, 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles at the 2011 Big 12 Championships.
She also performed well in the classroom, claiming second-team academic All-Big 12 accolades and spots on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2010-11.
Leslie followed up her sensational freshman year with a solid sophomore showing. She produced 11 top-five finishes, including an event title in the 1,000-yard freestyle against South Dakota. Her 11 top-five finishes came in five different events, making Leslie a valuable asset in the freestyle and individual medley events. She also set a personal best in the 400 IM at the Missouri Invite with a time of 4:41.32. Leslie ranked among NU's top five in four events on the 2009-10 performance list.
Academically, Leslie earned recognition on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in the fall of 2009.
Leslie ended her freshman year with seven top-five finishes in Nebraska's final four dual meets. She added three career-best times at the 2009 Big 12 Championships, including an 11th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Leslie produced 11 top-five finishes on the year, including a season-best second-place showing in the 200 free against South Dakota State. Leslie was among the top five on Nebraska's performance list in four events, including the team's second-fastest time in both the 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle races.
Leslie was also selected to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll both semesters of her freshman year.
Leslie attended Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis, Ore., where she helped lead the team to back-to-back Class 5A state titles in 2007 and 2008. She was named team MVP both years. Leslie was part of the 6A state-record 400 freestyle relay team, and set the 5A record in the 500 freestyle. She won the state title in the 200 freestyle in 2007 and the 500 freestyle in both 2007 and 2008. Leslie was a member of the National Honor Society and a Scholastic All-American in high school.
Mailene was born on June 30, 1990, in Corvallis, Ore. She is the daughter of Tim and Susie Leslie and has one sister, Caitlin. A business administration major, Mailene earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska in December of 2012. She earned academic All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2012, after capturing second-team academic All-Big 12 accolades as a junior. She claimed spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011 and 2012, and following the spring semester of 2012. She was a five-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.