University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s (UMES) Lenora Guion-Firmin will represent the French National team at the 2012 Olympics in London following a strong performance at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Guion-Firmin ran the second-leg of the 4×400 meter relay race in Helsinki, helping the French team win silver in the event with a time of 3:25.49.

This will be the first Olympic event for Guion-Firmin, selected to compete in the 4×400 meter relay in London along with teammates Phara Anacharsis, Marie Gayot and Floria Guei.

The French native still attends UMES, and is coming off a stellar performance at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships this past June. There, Guion-Firmin ran the 400-meter dash for a second place time of 52.65 seconds, earning her NCAA First-Team All-American honors.

Guion-Firmin is the first female in UMES history to receive All-American recognition in both indoor and outdoor track. She also holds UMES’ record in the 400-meter with a time of 52.20 seconds, and the record for the 200-meter race at 23.49 seconds, and dominated the 2012 outdoor season with eight first or second place finishes, including the NCAA Championships.

“Her points alone helped elevate UMES into the top 60 track and field programs in the country,” said UMES track coach Ernest Barrett.

Guion-Firmin will be the only UMES student-athlete to compete at the Olympics in London.