BARCELONA – Missy Franklin and Lauren Boyle added to the medal haul for the California women at the World Championships, when the incoming freshman captured her second gold medal and the alumna earned her second bronze medal of the meet on Tuesday at the Palau Saint Jordi. Franklin came within three tenths of a second of tying the world record in the 100-meter backstroke with her winning time of 58.42, while Boyle posted an Oceania-record time of 15:44.71 to take third in the 1500-meter freestyle.
Cal sophomore Elizabeth Pelton placed fourth in the 100-back final with a time of 59.45.
“Fourth place in the world is definitely pretty cool,” Pelton said. “I would’ve liked to medal, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.”
It was a busy Tuesday for Franklin, who also swam in the morning preliminary heats and the evening semifinals of the 200 free. She qualified for Wednesday night’s 200-free final with the second-best time of 1:56.05 in the semis, which she swam a few events after the 100-back final took place. Franklin earlier posted the fifth-fastest time (1:56.90) in the 200-free prelims.
On July 28, Franklin won gold after leading off the U.S. quartet in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, and Boyle won bronze in the 400 free. The Cal women’s medal count in Spain stands at seven, including alumna Natalie Coughlin’s gold as part of that opening-day relay, Pelton’s gold from her prelim swim for that U.S. relay, and alumna Dana Vollmer’s bronze in the 100 butterfly on July 29.
Day four of the World Championships takes place on Wednesday with prelims and semis in the 50 back and 200 fly as well as the final in the 200 free.