Franklin Captures 200 Free, 200 Back in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS – Missy Franklin added to her medal haul with wins in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials on Wednesday at the Indiana University Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI. The incoming Golden Bear finished 1-2 in the 200 backstroke with soon-to-be California teammate Elizabeth Pelton, with Franklin clocking a meet- and U.S. Open-record time of 2:05.68, which is also the fastest time in the world this year.
Pelton – the American-record holder and 2013 NCAA champ in the 200-yard back – posted the second fastest time in the world this year to take second place with a mark of 2:06.29 in the 200-meter back. Also in the 200 back, Melanie Klaren – a Cal junior in 2013-14 – clipped one second off of her prelim time to win the consolation final and take ninth overall in a time of 2:11.94.
With her second-place finish, Pelton has likely earned a berth to the World Championships that will run from July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, while Franklin has now clinched spots in three events in Spain. USA Swimming will announce its World Championship squad at some point after the Indianapolis meet ends.
One day after winning the 100 free on the first day of the meet, Franklin clocked a time of 1:55.56 to capture the 200 free. Rachael Acker – who won the 200-yard free for the Golden Bears at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships – swam in tonight’s 200-meter free C final and placed 20th overall in a time of 2:01.31.
Golden Bear alumna Caitlin Leverenz – the 2012 NCAA champ in the 200-yard breaststroke – finished seventh in the A final of the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:29.32.
In the 50-meter butterfly A final, Cindy Tran – the Bears’ two-time NCAA champ in the 100-yard backstroke – placed seventh with a time of 27.08. Rachel Bootsma – a Cal All-American in the 100-yard fly – won the B final of the 50-meter fly to take ninth place with a time of 26.90.
Meet results are available by going to the results site at http://www.swmeets.com/Realtime/LC%20Nationals/2013/.
Day three of the meet takes place on Thursday with women’s events in the 400-meter individual medley, 100 fly, 50 breast and 50 back. The meet ends on Saturday, June 29.