Summer Juniors Qualifier Josean Massucco Sends Verbal to Michigan

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Josean Massucco, a Summer Juniors qualifier from Tennessee, has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Michigan for the 2023-24 school year. Currently, he trains and competes with the Baylor School and Baylor Swim Club out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. He also periodically competes under Loyola Athletic Club in Puerto Rico and Team Puerto Rico.

I am beyond excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at the University of Michigan! I am extremely thankful for my family, coaches, and friends for helping me throughout this exciting process. Can’t wait to be a part of this amazing team! GO BLUE 〽️〽️

Massucco specializes in freestyle and butterfly, mainly excelling in the mid-distance and distance events. He holds the Summer Juniors qualifying time in the 500 and 1650 yard freestyles, and Winter Juniors times in the 1000 free and 100 fly. In the 200 fly, he is qualified for the 2022 Winter US Open.

Best Times SCY:

  • 500 free- 4:25.77
  • 1000 free- 9:20.29
  • 1650 free- 15:27.29
  • 100 fly- 49.07
  • 200 fly- 1:46.63

At the 2022 Tennessee (TISCA) State Championships, Massucco competed in the 500 free and 100 fly, earning new personal bests in both. In the 500, he posted a time of 4:25.77, knocking over 2 seconds off his personal best and finishing 2nd overall. He finished 3rd in the 100 fly, earning new personal bests in both prelims and finals. His finals time of 49.07 was over a second faster than his previous record, set back in 2021. 

Baylor won both the girls’ and boys’ TISCA Championships in 2022. Both the high school and club programs were led by head coach Dan Flack since 2005, until very recently, when they parted ways.

In the summer of 2021, Massucco represented his home federation of Puerto Rico at the Central American and Caribbean Amerature Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships. There, he competed in the 200, 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyles, the 50, 100 and 200 fly, and the 400 IM. Massucco earned five 1st-place finishes across a variety of disciplines, winning the 400 free, 800 free, 100 fly, 200 fly and 400 IM.  He also set several new personal bests, including a nearly six-second drop in the 400 IM.

In 2022, Michigan finished 3rd at the Big 10 Championships behind Indiana and Ohio State. At NCAAs, they finished 22nd with 36 points. It has been a rocky few seasons for the Wolverines, including their lowest NCAA finish since 1986 and the outgoing transfer of two Olympians, among others. In spite of that, though, head coach Mike Bottom received a five year contract extension. He has been at Michigan since 2008.

Massucco will be joining fellow class of 2023 recruits Ryan Healy of Oklahoma and Michigan native Ethan Schwab in Ann Arbor. 

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