Fastest in the Inland Empire
Trenton Calloway lets his actions speak for themselves.
He will not tell you he is the fastest sprinter among his Inland Empire swimming peers. He also will not boast about being ranked #325 nationally in the 50-meter freestyle swim among 10-year-olds.
You almost have to talk to his mom to find out just how fast her youngest son is in the pool. Calloway is a year-round swimmer for the Velocity Swimming team out of Wenatchee. They have put in the mileage and time and she is more than happy to talk about her speedster.
“We never paid attention until this spring when he was 3/10 of second from qualifying,” said Melva Calloway.
Trenton qualified for the Western Zone Age Group Championship Swim Meet in Maui after clocking in at 32.91 seconds in the 50-meter freestyle at the Wine Country Open in Toppenish last month.
He will compete alongside 11 of his teammates and a total of about 35 Inland Empire swimmers who make up an all-star team named the Zone Team.
The Inland Empire covers Eastern Washington, the Idaho panhandle and Eastern Oregon. The Western Zone meet will have thousands of swimmers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Calloway made the roster because he met the standard in the long course 50-freestyle.
In the eyes of his coach, the 10-year-old brings a competitive nature to the pool. Prior to entering the pool in Toppenish, coach MaxCristofori told him 12-year-old Simon Madson of Cashmere, who was in the lane next to him, was the person to keep an eye on. Madson swam the 50 fast enough to push Calloway and make the qualifying standard.
“I said your goal is right next to you,” Cristofori said. “He stayed with him. He definitely has a good competitive spirit.”
He also said they have been working on their breathing, especially toward the end of the race.
“The most important thing is to keep his down. The last 15 meters of the race put your head down and don’t breathe.”
If you convert his 50-meter time into 50\ yards he would post a 28.92.
“That’s why it is so impressive,” Cristofori said.
After he qualified, there was no fist pumping, but there was time to celebrate with his mom.
“We hugged it out,” said Calloway, who has been competing for three years.