Trent Williams is a junior freestyle specialist at the University of California, Berkeley. Born March 16, 1994 to parents, Richard and Jennifer, Williams grew up in San Diego down in southern California. The 6’3″ 200-pound Williams is studying Business in the Haas School of Business. He’s had a lot of success in the pool, and has even earned an All-America honor as just a freshman, and has been apart of the team that travelled to the World Junior Championships. After graduating from Rancho Bernardo High School in 2012, Williams signed his NLI to be a Cal Bear. He left quite a mark on his old high school though – he still holds seven school records and owns three league records. That same determination impacted his old high school coaches including Tim Oelgoetz, who describes Williams as an athlete who has always hated to lose.
As just a freshman Williams was apart of the 800 freestyle relay that placed fourth at the 2013 NCAA Championships, which earned him All-America honors. At the Pac 12 Championship he finished second in the Consolation heat of the 500 freestyle, third in the 200 freestyle and also picked up a 15th-placed finish in the 100 freestyle.
In his second year as a Cal Bear Williams was the leadoff leg on the 800 freestyle relay that placed seventh at the NCAA Championships. He finished 12th in the 200 freestyle at the NCAA Championships and went a best time in the 500. At the 2014 Pac 12 Championships Williams finished 11th in the 500, third in the 200 freestyle and won the ‘C’ final in the 100 freestyle.
Williams is in his junior season as a Cal Bear.
Williams was a member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team that travelled to Peru, swimming the 200m freestyle and also was a member of the 800m freestyle relay.
In his high school years Williams earned high school All-America honors in the 100 and 200 freestyle for three consecutive years. He was named his high school’s athlete of the year as well as the 2010 CIF Athlete of the Year in swimming for San Diego County.
He qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and is looking towards 2016.