NCAA 200 yard butterfly runner-up Trenton Julian has announced that he will return to Cal for a “Super Senior” season. Julian is one of a number of Division I swimmers and divers who are taking advantage of an NCAA waiver next season that allows swimmers who competed in the 2020-2021 season to use an extra year of eligibility.
Julian says that it made sense for him to return, because he has a semester left en route to his undergraduate degree. He will then work on a certificate program in the spring.
“I’m looking forward to getting a more normal year of training with the team and working towards a National title for one last time,” Julian told SwimSwam.
Last year, at the NCAA Championship meet, Julian scored 48 individual points via a trio of top four individual finishes. That made him the 8th-highest scorer of the meet and the third-highest scorer of the Cal team that placed 2nd overall.
Trenton Julian‘s Individual 2021 NCAA Championship Finishes:
- 500 free – 4th – 4:09.78
- 200 free – 3rd – 1:31.55
- 200 fly – 2nd – 1:38.85
Julian also swam a leadoff leg on Cal’s runner-up 800 free relay, splitting 1:31.41 as the team’s fastest split.
Very few senior men from among the NCAA’s top teams have announced so far that they’ll take advantage of this rule (4 Indiana Hoosiers are the notable exception). Julian’s return helps Cal balance out a big 5th year announcement from Jordan Windle, a diver at the University of Texas, who scored 52 points at the NCAA Championships. Cal and Texas have been the top two programs in the NCAA for the last decade. Since 2010, the two teams have occupied 21 of the 22 top 2 finishes at the NCAA Men’s Championship meets.
Julian finished 5th in the 200 fly at June’s U.S. Olympic Trials. He also placed 8th in the 200 IM and tied for 4th in the 100 fly.
Athletes who return for a 5th year in the 2021-2022 season won’t have their scholarships counted against teams’ limits, though those scholarships will still have to be paid for. While athletes from all classes who participated in the 2020-2021 season can use a 5th year, in future seasons that will mean counting their scholarships against a team’s limit: 9.9 per team for men and 14 per team for women.