Calloway qualifies for regional swimming meet
By Max Cristofori
Quincy’s Trenten Calloway, 11, has qualified for the Northwest Age Group Regional Championship Swim Meet, to be held this weekend in Federal Way.
The meet, which has strict qualifying times, features the best 14-year-old and younger swimmers from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. The swim meet is considered the fastest age group regional swim meet in the nation.
With a qualifying time of 6 minutes, 5.39 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle, Calloway crushed the mark with a 6-minute, 1.92-second swim at the Inland Empire Swimming (IES) Short Course Championship held last weekend in Moses Lake.
Calloway entered the championship with a time in the 500 freestyle of 6 minutes, 29.38 seconds. Calloway dropped 27.46 seconds to qualify for the regional championship and placed eight overall in the 11-12 boys 500 freestyle event at the IES Championship.
Calloway’s coach Max Cristofori was very pleased with Calloway’s accomplishment.
“I’ve known that swim was coming for longer than he knew,” Cristofori said.
Calloway, who last summer swam at the Western Zone Championship in Hawaii (as a 10 and younger swimmer) as a 50-freestyle sprinter, set a Velocity swimming record in the 400 meter freestyle event as a 10-year-old and took third at the IES Long Course Championship. This is where Cristofori took notice of Calloway’s potential in the event.
“I remember that swim and telling Trenten afterward that he just became the fastest 400 freestyle in Velocity history,” said Cristofori.
Calloway worked toward bettering his distance swimming throughout the short course season, but struggled with the mental toughness it takes to swim the longer events. Cristofori said it was all worth it in the end.
“To finally see him achieve the goal of qualifying for an elite level swim meet in a tough event was awesome,” the coach said. “I will never forget hearing him yell ‘Yes!’ from across the pool after he saw his time on the scoreboard.”
Calloway, who is the son of Melva and Rex Calloway of Quincy, is a year-round swimmer with Velocity Swimming. Velocity Swimming is the only swimming program in the Wenatchee Valley that accepts all levels of swimming, from national level meets and local competitions to developmental swim meets and a year-round SwimAmerica swim lesson program for aspiring swimmers. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 4 through college, and more than 115 athletes train with the team year-round.