Junior National Champion Maija Roses from SwimMAC Carolina has verbally committed to swim for Cal beginning in the fall of 2014.
Roses was this summer’s USA Swimming National Champion in the 200 long course meter breaststroke with a 2:31.77, and is also on the Junior National Team with a second entry in the 100 breaststroke, where she was a 1:09.5 this summer in meters.
“For me, the decision came down to how comfortable I felt with the team, coaches, academics and campus,” Roses said of her decision.
In yards, Roses has been 1:01.8 and 2:13.1 in the 100 and 200 yard breaststrokes, and is also a strong IM’er with yards bests of 2:02.83 and 4:19.91.
A few months ago, the Cal women’s future seemed a little meek in the breaststrokes.
But now, junior Yvette Kong is swimming very well, they added a surprise signing from World Championship finalist Marina Garcia of Spain, and they’ve gotten this commitment from Roses to really turn that group around in a hurry.
Roses has a really incredible story. After having hip surgery in the summer of 2012, Roses says she considered leaving swimming forever. Within a year, though, she was a Junior National champion and is fully engaged and refocused on the sport.