NCAA Champion Trenton Julian on Losing & Finding Yourself Through Racing

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Trenton Julian, who recently had a sensational showing at the 2021 Speedo Summer Championships, highlighted by a 1:54 200 fly personal best. Julian takes us through his last 6 months of racing from the NCAA championships (where he had more pressure as a leader and point-scorer on the team than previous years) to the Olympic Trials, where he made 3 finals and was on the cusp of qualifying for his first Olympic team in both butterfly events. Julian explains how finding a balance of being prepared and enjoying the process has led to some of his best races.


Music: Otis McDonald


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1 month ago

So inspirational. Trenton is really just a good hearted, loyal, and faithful guy. I bet you can really trust this guy. He seems like someone that would never do something behind your back. Thank you swimswam.

TJ’s Biggest Fan
1 month ago

Wow those pictures of Trenton are great. Did he send those in himself? I heard hes quite the photographer!

Last edited 1 month ago by TJ’s Biggest Fan
Reply to  TJ’s Biggest Fan
1 month ago

I also heard that! Rumor has it he was taking incredible shots at the Olympic Team Trials this past summer. What a renaissance man!

Last edited 1 month ago by TJ’sLoyalty
1 month ago

Lol is there something going on with Trenton? Judging by these comments it seems like something is up

Reply to  Swimfan76
1 month ago

probably just some friends messing around

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1 month ago


1 month ago

I wonder what athletes like him do in their free time. I heard he played Madden, not the smartest thing to do!

Reply to  Bobbie
1 month ago

lmao if only you knew

20 days ago

Incredible athlete and even more incredible person. Thanks SwimSwam!

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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