Maija Roses is a breaststroke specialist from Durham, N.C. After competing for elite club, SwimMAC Carolina in North Carolina, Roses joined the University of California, Berkeley squad in 2014. Roses is a freshman at Cal where she’s still undeclared on her major. Born Jan. 31, 1996 in Durham, N.C. both her parents are professors in the neurology department at the Duke University School of Medicine. Swimming runs in her family – her father swam at the University of Pitt and her sister swam at Mt. Holyoke College. Roses has teamed up with teammate, Eva Greene, to collaborate on their blog – “On the Blocks with Maija and Eva.” They cover Cal women’s swimming, team and other swimming topics, which is featured on Cal’s Athletic website. Roses received SwimMAC Carolina’s Perseverance Award after suffering from a severe hip injury that made her rethink ever getting back into the water. Not only did she get back into the water, but not long after the injury she won the 2013 National Junior Championship title in the 200m breaststroke and finished third in the 100m breaststroke. With a 4.1 high school GPA and parents that work in academia, Roses strongly considered the importance of academics in her college decision.
As a freshman Roses made the team that traveled to the 2015 Pac 12 Championships. She swam the 200 IM in exhibition, placed 14th in the 100 breaststroke, and made another ‘B’ final finishing 10th in the 200 breaststroke.
Roses is a former member of the U.S. National Junior Team in the 100m and 200m breaststroke – she earned a spot on the team when she won the 200m breaststroke and finished third in the 100 at the 2013 National Junior Championships. She represented the team at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships, and she brought home a bronze medal as a member of the 400m medley relay team.
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, Roses qualified in the 100m breaststroke as well as the 200m IM. She finished 130th in the 100m breaststroke and 109th in the 200m IM.