Missy Franklin (left) and Elizabeth Pelton (right) advanced to Saturday's final in the 200 back in Spain.
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Franklin Takes Fourth in 100 Free at Worlds

Soon After the 100 Free, Franklin and Pelton Qualify for the 200-Back Final
By Cal Athletics on Fri, August 02, 2013

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BARCELONA – Entering Friday at the World Championships, Missy Franklin had won four out of four finals at the Palau Saint Jordi. But – on a busy night for California’s incoming freshman – Franklin placed fourth in the 100-meter freestyle final, just .05 seconds behind the bronze-medal winning time. One event and about 25 minutes after the 100 freestyle, the U.S. phenom posted the fastest time and Cal sophomore Elizabeth Pelton clocked the third-best time in the 200-meter backstroke semifinals to advance to Saturday’s final.

Franklin clocked a time of 53.47 in the 100 free, as Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.42) edged her for bronze. In the 200-back semis, Franklin – the world-record holder – swam the top time of 2:06.46 and Pelton (USA) had a time of 2:08.20.

Alumna Dana Vollmer (USA) and incoming freshman Farida Osman (Egypt) likewise qualified for a Saturday final – in the 50-meter butterfly – as Vollmer swam the fifth-fastest time (26.06) and Osman set an African record of 26.12 to tie for seventh in Friday’s semifinals. New Zealand’s Sophia Batchelor – another incoming freshman for Cal head coach and U.S. assistant coach Teri McKeever – swam a time of 26.34 that placed her 11th and out of contention for the final.

In the morning preliminaries, Vollmer swam the seventh-fastest time (26.29) in the 50 fly, while Osman and Batchelor tied for the 11th-best time (26.45).

Saturday – the penultimate day of the World Championships – includes prelims and semifinals in the 50 free and 50 breaststroke as well as finals in the 50 fly and 200 back.


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