Michigan Picks Up Massachusetts HS Record-Holder Malia Amuan for 2022

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Phoenix Swimming’s Malia Amuan has verbally committed to Michigan for fall 2022. Amuan is a junior at North Andover High School in Massachusetts.

I am so beyond thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Michigan!〽️ I wanted to thank everyone who has helped and supported me along the way. GO BLUE!!💙💛

TOP TIMES (SCY)

  • 50 free – 23.37
  • 100 free – 49.88
  • 200 free – 1:48.32
  • 500 free – 4:53.21
  • 100 back – 56.14
  • 200 back – 1:59.78
  • 100 fly – 56.03
  • 200 IM – 2:01.38

At the 2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East, Amuan made finals in the 200 free (1:48.55) and 200 IM (2:03.16). In the 200 free, she placed 11th overall, while she was 24th in the 200 IM.

Amuan is undefeated in individual races at the Massachusetts Division I HS State Championships. In fall 2018, as a freshman, she won the 100 and 200 free, while she took the 200 free and 500 free last fall, setting the state record in the 200 free. She’s raced once since the pandemic shutdown began, at Phoenix’s August Intraquad, where she raced the 50 free (23.99), 200 back (2:02.45) and 100 breast (1:06.42). The 100 breast was a lifetime best by five seconds.

Last year, Amuan would’ve Michigan’s #3 100 freestyler. At the 2020 Big Ten Championships, where Michigan finished second in the conference, Amuan would’ve scored in the 100 free C-final, just a few tenths outside of B-final scoring range.

Amuan is the second verbal for the Michigan women’s class of 2026. She joins Devon Kitchel, an Indiana-based butterflier.

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Love2swim
9 months ago

So proud of Malia! Wonderful athlete and human!

Anonymous
9 months ago

Congratulations to Malia! Just a quick correction that she’s a Massachusetts Fall record holder. The majority of the swimming in Massachusetts is done in the standard Winter season. Still extremely fast and a great competitor!

SwimFan101
Reply to  Anonymous
9 months ago

She does hold the 200 Free High school state record set in Nov 2019. See point IV for confirmation:

http://miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/SwimCommitteeMinutesDecember10_2019.pdf

Last edited 9 months ago by SwimFan101
Admin
Reply to  SwimFan101
9 months ago

SwimFan101 is correct. You can see the results of the Winter Championships here that recognized her 200 free as the State Record. It was not broken at the 2020 Winter Championships.

http://miaa.ezstream.com/documents/MIAA/Swim-Winter2020-Girls-D1-State-Results.pdf

#MFan
9 months ago

Welcome Malia! Go Blue!!

Not an MIAA fan
9 months ago

Malia is an excellent swimmer who successfully made the jump from outstanding age group athlete to senior swimmer in the relatively weak NES LSC and also competes in HS in the backwards state of Massachusetts where the MIAA rules make it almost impossible for the VAST majority of high level swimmers to choose between club swimming and high school swimming. Massachusetts HS swimming is almost universally pathetically weak. The few exceptions include the catholic schools and prep schools that get away with violations to the arcane rules that unfairly punish swimmers and Nantucket Island where pretty much everything is one program run by one coach. The vast vast majority of swimmers who have dreams of competing at a high level… Read more »

PowerPlay
Reply to  Not an MIAA fan
9 months ago

Same deal with ice hockey and some other sports. The very best play for club teams or go private school/catholic school in MA. Your argument starts with the assumption that the best should be playing for their HS teams. Whereas for hockey, the assumption is that the best will play club or private school, we feel HS is more for the good players, but not for the elite with aspirations to be competitive nationally.

Not an MIAA fan
Reply to  PowerPlay
9 months ago

Except there are a great many excellent public school HS hockey programs—it is valued widely by communities in the state and is a major source of public interest and therefore investment. I could be wrong, but I would guess that many elite players can compete in their public HS programs without losing out on their training and development during the season then continue playing club year round (correct me if I’m wrong). In contrast there are almost zero public HS swim programs in Massachusetts that could provide sufficient training and development opportunities for elite level swimmers. Just look at the all scholastic swimmers in the Globe—I don’t mean to dispute they are good athletes. Some are great. But in general,… Read more »

Not an MIAA fan
Reply to  PowerPlay
9 months ago

Perhaps your point about good versus elite is on target. I just think it’s a sad situation that kids have to chose. It’s like they are “too good” which isn’t fair. It’s also true that the private schools provide club level training and development (particularly in hockey) but then get to compete in the MIAA leagues. This is an unfair situation. Elite athletes that can not afford private school or prefer to start in public school, and then play on their club teams year round are not able to compete for the same titles and accolades as their private school friends.

Anonymous
Reply to  Not an MIAA fan
9 months ago

I would argue your point that Malia is able to swim high school because her school competes in the Fall. Highly doubt most of the girls on her team would compete if they were with the others in the Winter where it conflicts with so much USA Swimming. Malia, as well as her teammates are exceptional swimmers.

Not an MIAA fan
Reply to  Anonymous
9 months ago

Yes many are. Swimming HS in the fall certainly helps, but does not eliminate the problem. I don’t understand why MIAA has rules that most of the rest of the country does not have. I feel so many of our top athletes miss the opportunity to enjoy great success and public accolades in their High Schools. It is a great loss and I don’t see how it dies anything to improve the sport or state of HS swimming in Mass.

Last edited 9 months ago by Not an MIAA fan

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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