Mike Malik

Mike Malik


I started my swimming career at the tender age of 3 at a neighborhood swim club in their swim lesson program. I made an immediate splash with the teachers by promptly sitting on the edge of the pool crying and refusing to get in the water. That happened for three days, at which point my mom got her money back. As they say, the rest is history!

I ended up taking the next session and actually put my foot in the water. From there, I was on a crash course for a career in the pool. I swam age group and high school in Detroit and upon graduation (after countless morning practices) I hung up my suit and declared I was done swimming forever.

Fast forward to 2004 when a friend reached out about trying their Master’s practice. I laughed out loud. But with the Olympics on tv in Athens, I thought about it more and more. So I went to local swim shop and bought a suit and some new goggles since I’d thrown everything away already. After on practice, I was hooked back in to the refreshing chlorinated waters of a local master’s program.

I moved 5 times in the course of the last decade or so and have always found an LMSC to train with. This connection to the water helped ease my transition to a new city by providing me with a familiar outlet and the opportunity to make new friends. What does Masters Swimming mean to you? Feel free to reach out to me, I’d love to hear your “Masters Story”…that’s the neat thing: everyone’s got one!