Celina Lemmen

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Celina Lemmen
Personal information
Full name Celina Johanna Maria Lemmen
National team  Netherlands
Born (1985-02-03) 3 February 1985 (age 31)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club De Kempvis Spijkenisse
College team Southern Methodist University (U.S.)
Coach Dick Bergsma
Steve Collins (U.S.)

Celina Johanna Maria Lemmen (born February 3, 1985) is a Dutch swimmer who specialized in freestyle events.[1] She is a single-time Olympian (2004), and a double medalist in sprint freestyle at the 2001 European Junior Championships in Valletta, Malta. Lemmen also attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she majored in management, and swam for the SMU Mustangs under head coach Steve Collins.[2] While studying in the United States on an athletic scholarship, Lemmen has earned numerous high school and state titles, and received two-year All-American honors in college swimming.

Lemmen made her own swimming history in the international scene at the 2001 European Junior Championships in Valletta, Malta, where she won a total of two medals: a silver in the 200 m freestyle (2:03.27), and a bronze in the 100 m freestyle (57.47).[3][4]

Three years later, at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Lemmen qualified only for the women's 4×200 m freestyle relay as a member of the Dutch team.[5] She posted a relay entry time of 2:02.37 from the ConocoPhillips Spring National Championships in Orlando, Florida.[6][7] Teaming with Marleen Veldhuis, Chantal Groot, and Haike van Stralen in heat two, Lemmen swam a lead-off leg and recorded a split of 2:02.21. Lemmen and the entire Dutch team missed the top 8 final by almost two seconds, finishing only in fifth place and ninth overall with a final time of 8:08.96.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Celina Lemmen". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "SMU Announces Signing of Lemmen and Daly". Mustangs Athletics. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Greeks Score Big Time on Day 3 of European Junior Champs". Swimming World Magazine. 8 July 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Croatia's Draganja, Britain's Goddard Impress as Euro Juniors Come to a Close". Swimming World Magazine. 9 July 2001. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Swimming – Women's 4×200m Freestyle Relay Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "2004 ConocoPhillips Spring National Championships (Orlando, Florida) – Women's 200m Freestyle (Final B)" (PDF). Omega Timing. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Rusticus, Oene (20 April 2004). "Dutch Trials End; Fast Women's 4x100 Free Relay Squad Ready to Do Battle in Athens". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Women's 4×200m Freestyle Relay Heat 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Women's 800 Freestyle Relay, Day 5 Prelims: Team USA Posts the Fastest Time, Brits and Aussies Next". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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