BERKELEY – Missy Franklin claimed ESPY nominations for the Best Female Athlete and Best Female U.S. Olympian, ESPN announced on Thursday. Voting is now open at ESPN.go.com/espys/2013 and ends when the broadcast for the 2013 ESPY Awards begins on July 17 at 6 p.m. PT.
Currently competing at the U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Franklin captured five medals, including four golds and one bronze, at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London and last January earned her second consecutive FINA World Swimmer of the Year award. In Indianapolis, the incoming California freshman has won titles and clinched spots on the U.S. World Championships’ team in the 100- and 200-meter freestyles and the 200-meter backstroke. She could win more titles – particularly in the 50 and 100 backstrokes – before the meet ends on Saturday, July 29.
Golden Bears are nominated for ESPYS in other sports. Cal alumnus and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers is vying to threepeat as the Best NFL Player, while Cal alumna and U.S. Soccer star Alex Morgan – another Olympic gold medalist – is up for the Best Moment. Morgan scored the game-winning goal against Canada in the Olympic semifinals to send the United States to the gold-medal match.