US Tokyo Olympian Patrick Callan Transferring to Cal for Fifth Year

US Tokyo Olympian Patrick Callan has announced that he will be transferring to Cal to use his COVID-19 fifth year. Callan made the announcement by placing the Cal Men’s Swimming and Diving Instagram handle in his own Instagram bio.

Callan graduated from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business this spring with a degree in Business Administration. Callan originally announced mid-March that he planned to stay at Michigan for a fifth year, but then entered the transfer portal slightly over a week ago.

Athletes were allowed an extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 season. Many athletes took this extra year this past season, but the number is expected to fall over the next few years.

Callan helped the Wolverines to a third place finish at the 2022 Men’s Big Ten Championships. There he finished sixth in the 200 and 500 freestyles. He also competed at the 2022 NCAA Championships and finished 22nd in the 200 freestyle (1:33.14) and 28th in the 500 freestyle (4:16.44).

Callan made the US Olympic Team this past summer after finishing 6th in the 200 freestyle at Wave II Olympic Trials. He competed in the 4×200 freestyle as he swam the third leg of the prelims relay. That relay was fifth heading into finals.

He most recently competed at the International Team Trials where he swam a 3:55.26 400 freestyle and a 1:48.76 200 freestyle in prelims. He scratched both event finals.

Callan’s best SCY times are:

  • 100 freestyle: 43.23
  • 200 freestyle: 1:32.63
  • 500 freestyle: 4:11.79

The Cal men won the 2022 NCAA Championship after scoring 488 points, ahead of second place Texas who scored 437 points. Callan’s best times have the potential to add to the Golden Bears points as his best 500 freestyle time would have finished seventh. Notably, the Cal men had no scoreres in the 500 freestyle. That was one of only three events in which Cal scored zero points at this year’s Men’s NCAA Championship.

Callan also has the potential to make a huge impact at the conference level. Callan’s best times would have won the 500 freestyle and finished fourth in the 200 freestyle.

Callan will help fill the gap left by fifth year seniors Daniel Carr, Sean Grieshop, Trenton Julian, and Bryce Mefford who all were members of Cal’s NCAA roster. So far, Callan is the first announced fifth year for Cal.

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DCSwim
1 month ago

Interesting how nearly 10 years ago Michigan was the only the team to break the Cal-Texas hegemony of the 2010s with a decent amount of the same staff they do now, but they just had two US Olympians and an Olympic champ transfer away

Last edited 1 month ago by DCSwim
H20PoloFan2
1 month ago

5th year, All American, Olympian and Business School Grad. Why not go to a new place that has a lot of business opportunity once he retires? Can’t blame him and he did UM well and vice versa. This drama will stop when COVID 5-6th year stuff ends. Congrats to Patrick I will miss watching him in Ann Arbor.

SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

LOL if I were his future teammate, I’d already be rolling my eyes.

You already know he’s the type to talk out of both sides of his mouth.

20swimmerr25
Reply to  SWIMGUY12345
1 month ago

I’d be more worried about the women’s team and macneil lol

Kat
Reply to  20swimmerr25
1 month ago

What does this mean

Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

Those who don’t stay will also be champions

Mott
1 month ago

Hmm not sure he’s gonna fit in at Berkeley in particular

Dan
Reply to  Mott
1 month ago

but he might get Grad school paid for or partially paid for, that is not bad.

Mott
Reply to  Dan
1 month ago

Haha I’m not talking school or swimming

Ghost
1 month ago

My biggest question is: has Durden/Cal been successful at the Worlds/Olympics level? I would imagine that is on his wish list along with some ncaa hardware and a great degree.

Riccardo
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

There’s no way that’s a serious question.

Ghost
Reply to  Riccardo
1 month ago

Sorry I meant to say serious in the 200/400 free events. Has Durden ever put a guy on the 800 free relay?

Justin Pollard
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Andrew Seliskar at the last Olympics. Trenton Julian at the upcoming World Championship.

Swimswamswum
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

This is similar energy as:

has Reese/Texas been successful at the Worlds/Olympics level?

Ghost
Reply to  Swimswamswum
1 month ago

Durden vs Reese in the 200 free?!? Durden 0 on 800 free relay I think and Eddie Too many to count

Erik
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

It is not zero, Seliskar in Tokyo.

Thomas
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

Trenton Julian this year

Richard
Reply to  Thomas
1 month ago

Seliskar

Swim4
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

I doubt Eddie could be Durden in a 200 free.

DCSwim
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

“Jesse, what the @!*$ are you talking about”

new york’s battle leader
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

lemme introduce to you nathan adrian and ryan murphy since you wanna act all dense

sam
Reply to  Ghost
1 month ago

school might weight heavier than world championship medals in his scale

PFA
1 month ago

I rest my case. Wouldn’t have really cared if he didn’t even make those comments in the first place. Especially since he is a 5th year. And the focus would be on Michigan instead of PC himself. But he sorta did this to himself.

https://swimswam.com/michigan-olympian-patrick-callan-enters-the-ncaa-transfer-portal/#comment-1066487

Last edited 1 month ago by PFA
Gbapek
1 month ago

This is the same guy that wrote here after Mitchell’s transfer to Florida???

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