Meet Dare Rose: 2023 national swimming champion

Dare Rose
Dare Rose. Photo Credit: Jack Spitser

2023 national swimming champion Dare Rose chatted with #Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos about representing Team USA at the upcoming World Championships in Japan.

Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Dare Rose embodies this wise quotation.

World Championships in Japan

Rose punched his ticket for the forthcoming World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. A 20-year-old swimmer, Rose is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey, and he swims for the University at California, Berkeley.

He won the men’s 100 meter butterfly race with a time of 50.74 seconds, which ranks him at No. 6 in the all-time list among American swimmers.

“Honestly, right after my race, I was still in a race mindset so it didn’t register,” he said. “I was super excited, I have been training super hard in practice every day and I was inspired by all of our Cal Bear swimmers such as Destin Lasco and Ryan Murphy, who is a good mentor and a good teammate. I was super inspired by them, and I knew the 100 butterfly was going to be good.”


Regarding his daily motivations, he said, “There are a lot of things that motivate me. First and foremost, my parents and my family. They put so much sacrifice and effort into my swimming, so I am super proud to represent them and make them proud, hopefully. Also, my coaches motivate me, and my Cal teammates that train with me every day, they motivate me to get better.”

The digital age

On being a swimmer in the digital age, Rose said, “The crazy thing is here at Cal we have some of those technologies while other teams have more advanced technology. We go to the Olympic Training Center every January so they have a lot of video, underwater cameras and GoPro. It was nice to see my stroke and technique under water, and seeing the smallest things that I could change.

Advice for young swimmers

His advice for young swimmers is to “have fun” with the sport. “Always have fun, that is always good. If you need a break, take it so that you don’t get worn out,” he said.

Stage of his life

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Rose said, “Up and Coming.” “I think I’m at a really good spot now, but I always want to improve. There are always little things to do to get better. It is only up from here,” he said.

Favorite stroke

Rose listed the butterfly as his personal favorite stroke in the sport. “I do love freestyle too,” he admitted.


He defined the word success as “putting in the work, and seeing the results.” “Being happy and content with all other aspects of my life. That has definitely helped with my success at the World Championships Trials in Indianapolis.”

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