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Missy Franklin
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Missy Franklin 1752401
Position: Backstroke/Freestyle
Height: 6'1"
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Centennial, Colo.
High School: Regis Jesuit HS
Experience: 1 Letter


  • The 2015 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and Honda Award-winner at the top female swimmer in the country
  • Completed her sophomore year ranked among Cal’s all-time top 10 in seven events – 50 free (9th, 22.10), 100 free (1st, 46.66), 200 free (1st, 1:39.10), 500 free (2nd, 4:32.66), 1000 free (6th, 9:47.44), 100 back (7th, 51.59), 200 back (2nd, 1:47.91) and 200 IM (2nd, 1:52.11)
  • Won three individual titles and was on two winning relays at the 2015 NCAA meet.
  • Broke her own American record en route to victory in the 200 free at NCAA's, touching in 1:39.10; also captured the 200 IM (1:52.11) and 200 back (1:47.91)
  • Member of Cal's winning 200 free and 800 free relays at the 2015 NCAA meet; also part of third-place 400 medley relay and second-place 400 free relay
  • Set a Cal 100 free record leading off the 400 free relay with a time of 46.66
  • Won three individual events at the 2015 Pac-12 meet - 200 IM (1:53.47), 200 free (1:41.09) and 200 back (1:49.94)
  • Swam a 1:40.68 split anchoring the 800 free relay that set an American record of 6:50.18 on its way to the Pac-12 title; also on victorious 200 free relay and runner-up 400 free relay and 400 medley relay
  • Captured the 2014 NCAA title in the 200-yard freestyle with an American-record time of 1:40.31 (since broken)
  • Anchored the 800 free relay to an NCAA championship with a final split of 1:40.08, bringing the Bears back from a 2.5-second deficit; also a member of the 200 free relay (2nd), 400 medley relay (5th) and 400 free relay (3rd).
  • Finished second in the 500-yard free at NCAA’s in a school-record 4:32.66 (since broken) and was third in the 100 free (47.26)
  • Named the 2014 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 100-yard free (47.17), 200 free (1:42.29) and 500 free (4:35.73) - all in meet-record times; also a member of three victorious relays - 400 medley relay, 400 free relay and 800 free relay - and the runner-up 200 medley relay.
  • A two-time Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month and National Swimmer of the Week
  • The Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
  • A CSCAA Scholar All-American and named second team Pac-12 All-Academic in 2015
  • A two-time team MVP


  • Named to the U.S. squad for the 2015 World Championships in the 100m and 200m freestyle and 100m and 200m backstroke
  • Captured four medals at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia despite battling a sore back - 100 back (bronze), 4x200 free relay (gold), 4x100 free relay (silver) and 4x100 medley relay (silver)
  • The most decorated woman ever at the FINA World Championships with nine career gold medals
  • Set a women’s record with six gold medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona – 100m back (58.42), 200m back (2:04.76, championship record), 200m free (1:54.81), 400m medley relay, 400m free relay (American record) and 800m free relay; also took fourth in the 100m free (53.47)
  • At the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai, took gold in the 200m back (2:05.10), 800m free relay and 400m medley relay; also earned a silver medal in the 400m free relay and a bronze in the 50m back (28.01).
  • As a 15-year-old at the 2010 FINA World Short-Course Championships, earned a silver medal in the 200m back (2:02.01), was fourth in the 100m back (56.92), tied for sixth in the 200m IM (2:08.38) and was seventh in the 100m IM (1:00.75); also fourth in the 800m free relay and picked up a silver medal for swimming in the heats of the 400m medley relay.


  • Brought home five medals – four gold, one bronze – from the 2012 Olympics in London
  • Set a world record in winning the 200m back in 2:04.06; also won gold in the 100m back (58.33), 800m free relay and 400m medley relay (3:52.05, world record). Her bronze medal came in the 400m free relay.


  • Named the women’s high-point award winner at the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, capturing three events – the 100m and 200m back and the 100m free – and being the runner-up in the 200m free
  • The high-point scorer at December 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals in December where she set school records in the 200 free (1:41.40) and 500 free (4:34.63) – both later broken
  • Won four events at 2013 U.S. Nationals – 100m and 200m free and 100m and 200m back, setting U.S. Open records of 58.67 in the 100m back and 2:05.68 in the 200m back
  • At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, took first place in the 100m and 200m back, and was second in the 100m and 200m free
  • Won the 100m free and 100m back at the 2011 U.S. Nationals
  • Was the 2010-11 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series champion
  • Took fourth in the 100m back at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in 2010, where she was the youngest member of the U.S. team


  • Four-time Colorado MVP (2009-13) who led her team to state championships as a sophomore and senior, and runner-up finishes as a freshman and junior
  • Set team records in all events except the 100m fly and established seven state records and two national independent high school records
  • Broke state records 50 times and national age group records 17 times in long-course swimming
  • A four-year high school All-American, a scholastic All-American in 2012 and 2013, and a Perfect Score Award winner in 2013
  • Named National High School Coaches Association Athlete of the Year, a two-time Max Preps Female Athlete of the Year and the Max Preps Female Athlete of the Decade
  • Graduated magna cum laude from Regis Jesuit HS


  • 2014: Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year; Golden Goggles Relay of the Year (4x200m FR)
  • 2013: Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year, Teen Choice Award for Best Female Athlete, ESPY for Best Female Olympic Athlete, Finalist for Gnarliest Newcomer (Cartoon Network)
  • 2012: USA Swimmer of the Year, FINA World Swimmer of the Year, AAU Sullivan Award, Swimming World U.S. World and High School Swimmer of the Year, Golden Goggles Female Swimmer of the Year and Female Relay of the Year, Glamour Awards Woman of the Year, Colorado Sportswoman of the Year
  • 2011: Golden Goggles Female Swimmer of the Year, Female Race of the Year and Female Relay of the Year, Colorado Sportswoman of the Year


  • Psychology major
  • Born on May 10, 1995
  • Parents are D.A. and Richard Franklin; her father played football at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada
  • Has a 110-pound Alaskan malamute, Ruger, that she considers her younger brother
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