Owasso native makes Olympic team, hopes to inspire other Oklahoma swimmers

OWASSO, Okla. — An Oklahoma swimmer is going for the gold after qualifying for Team USA’s Olympic swim team.

“Did that actually just happen? Like, I was so surprised,” Patrick Callen said.

After years of training in and out of the pool, Callen finally made the U.S. Olympic Team for the 4x200 meter relay.

“I didn’t even see what my times were for about five minutes,” he said. “All I looked for was place because that was all I cared about.”

He ended up sixth in the 200-meter race, which saved him a spot on that relay.

“The whole moment was just so surreal,” Callen said. “That was one of those moments you dream of as a kid.”

But making that dream a reality took a lot of work.

“I joined SwimTulsa until 2015 when I joined Trident,” Callen said about his USA swim teams, where he swam twice a day for hours at a time. “I’m just really excited to represent Oklahoma and Trident, my club at the highest stage of swimming. It’s an honor.”

Only one other Oklahoma swimmer has made it to the Olympic stage.

“It’s an incredible group to be in, but I know there’s going to be more,” Callen said.

He hopes his talents and his journey will inspire more Oklahoma swimmers to follow in his footsteps.