RB grad to swim at Olympic trials against Phelps

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SAN DIEGO — The hours a new Rancho Bernardo High School graduate has spent going back and forth in a 25-yard pool has taken him places most 18-year-olds will never experience.

“With the world junior team, I spent 12 days in Peru swimming,” Trent Williams said. “With the national junior team, I spent a couple days up at Colorado Springs training camp.”

Williams recently broke a 23-year-old California Interscholastic Federation San Diego Section record in the 100-yard freestyle.  He also holds the CIFSDS record in the 200-yard freestyle.

With his spot in the record books secure, he now looks forward to taking on the world.

On June 26in Omaha, Nebraska, Williams will swim the 200m free at the U.S. Olympic trials and face some of the best swimmers in American history.

Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Ricky Berens, Matt Grevers – these big guys that get paid to swim,” Williams said. “I still eat Taco Bell.”

His modest meals aside, Williams said he deserves to swim with the best after he represented the U.S. at the junior world championships last year. An experience he cherishes.

“It’s awesome, just having the flag on your cap and racing with it,” Williams said. “Knowing that people back home are cheering for you and you got your whole team cheering for you and you’re just racing other countries and it’s just an awesome feeling.”

Williams left quite a legacy at Rancho Bernardo High School. He owns seven school records and three league records in addition to the two CIFSDS records.

“The one thing he always had even at 10, was he hated losing,” said Rancho Bernardo High School coach Tim Oelgoetz. “He loved to race, he loved to compete and he never has lost that.”

“His goals kept him going and so that’s why in four years, you’ll see him on the Olympic team.”

Williams said he would like to finish in the top 16 at this year’s Olympic trials and then he plans to spend the next four years going to college at Cal-Berkeley where he will keep swimming and adding strength to his 6-feet, 4-inches frame.

Then he sees himself taking a big trip to Brazil in 2016.

“I see myself in four years hopefully wearing the flag cap in Rio de Janeiro,” Williams said. “Olympics are definitely the ultimate goal. It’s just representing red, white and blue, representing your country at the biggest stage possible for swimming.”

That would be a trip to remember.