Greater Atlanta Christian's (GA) Trinity Rossum has committed to the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rossum, MileSplit's No. 22 class of 2021 recruit, chose the Bruins over other elite track and field programs USC, Texas A&M, Baylor and Kentucky.
"I love how they value having an excellent education and also having strong athletics," Rossum said. "That was one of my main things when choosing a college, I wanted to have something to fall back on... Overall, I just thought it was a really great school, I love it!"
Rossum is following in her family's footsteps by taking athletics to the next level. Her dad, Allen, is a retired NFL player and her sisters, Avian and Alexa, are sophomores Notre Dame's and Stanford's track and field programs, respectively.
With family ties in Palo Alto, Trinity felt comfortable to start her own journey in Los Angeles.
"I just wanted to start my own path, and it's nothing against my sisters, but I don't want to be known as the little sister," she explained. "I wanted to write my own story and I felt like I could do that at UCLA."
Rossum is a much-needed addition to UCLA's short sprints.
In 2019, she won the AAU Club National Championship at 100 meters after earning a runner-up finish at the GHSA Class 7A State Championships in same event. Rossum's personal wind-legal best of 11.55 seconds ranks No. 7 all-time in Georgia high school history.
Indoors, Rossum has had strong performances at New Balance Indoor Nationals, earning personal bests in the 55m (6.98) and 60m (7.50) and posting US top 25 performances.
When Rossum visited UCLA and Los Angeles two weeks ago, she said, she fell with what the area could offer her.
"UCLA as a whole, LA, I can make connections while I'm out there," she said. "What I do want to major in [dermatology], it's really big out there, so it's important to get internships with respected people...Also, UCLA tries to take one person per state and internationally to come to the school. I feel like it's great to know other people's cultures and where they came from."
Rossum also found a strong connection with her future teammates.
"I only got to meet one or two people, but just meeting those girls, I could see how the rest of the team would be," Rossum said. "You could just tell they wanted to be better and that they work really hard."
Rossum said she's very fond of assistant coach Curtis Allen and feels comfortable with his coaching regimen because it reminds of her father's coaching style.
"I really connected with Coach [Allen]," Rossum said. "Right now, I train with my dad and I just felt like they coach the same. Honestly, I like that because he uses math to analyze his athlete, he sets the workouts to where he knows they can get faster and my dad also does that. I trust that he'll make me faster."
Last year, the future Bruin transferred from Buford High School to Greater Atlanta Christian, but due to the pandemic she was unable to compete for her new team.
Headed into this season, Rossum said she's looking forward to competing with GAC and hopes to run sub-11.3 and low-23 before the end of her senior year.
Running since the age of 12, the sprinter is amazed at what she's been able to accomplish over the years.
"I'm honestly so grateful that I could even reach the times and that I get to take [running] to the next level," Rossum said. "I'm ready to just show people what I have to offer with college coaching."