Trenton Julian is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. Julian’s father, Jeff Julian, was on the U.S. National Team, while his mother, Kristine Quance, was a 1996 Olympic gold medalist with the United States’ 400 medley relay team. Julian attended Glendale high school, where he not only earned MVP Honors on the swim team all 4 years, but set 6 school records in the process. In 2016, he earned Olympic Trials cuts in the 100 & 200 Fly and the 200 & 400 IM.
In his freshman season, Trenton made an immediate impact. At the PAC-12 Championships, he placed third in the 200 fly (1:41.69), fifth in the 200 IM (1:44.04) and 200 free (1:34.62), and was part of Cal’s sixth place 400 free relay. At the NCAA Championships a month later, Julian finished seventh in the 200 fly (1:40.81), 27th in the 200 free (1:34.65), 31st in the 200 IM (1:44.37).
In his sophomore season, Julian continued to improve as well as broaden his event repertoire. He was runner-up in the 200 fly (1:41.74) and 500 free (4:13.61) at the Pac-12 Championships, and also finished fourth in the 200 free (1:34.37). At the same meet, Julian was a part of Cal’s Championship garnering 800 free relay. At the NCAA’s, Julian placed fifth in the 400 IM (3:39.83), sixth in the 200 fly (1:40.94) and ninth in the 500 free (4:11.30), helping Cal to their 4th NCAA team title in 9 seasons. He was again part of Cal’s 800 free relay, which finished 3rd overall.
2019 World University Games
At the 2019 WUGs in Italy, Julian helped team USA to a gold medal in the 4×200 free relay. Splitting 1:46.99 on the 3rd leg to bring them ahead of Italy, who they were trailing after 2 legs, Julian gave the lead over to Zach Apple, who anchored the relay to first place. Julian also swam the 200 fly, where he finished 13th overall.