BARCELONA – Missy Franklin collected her sixth gold medal in Spain as she and California alumna Dana Vollmer led the U.S. 4x100-meter medley relay to victory in the final event of the World Championships on Sunday night at the Palau Sant Jordi. Golden Bear sophomore Elizabeth Pelton also earned gold for swimming in the preliminary heats of the relay.
The United States clocked a time of 3:53.23 in the final, with Franklin swimming the backstroke leg to lead off the relay and Vollmer swimming the third or butterfly leg. With her sixth gold medal, Franklin became the winningest women’s swimmer ever at the World Championships.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Franklin said. “I still can’t really believe that it happened. Coming into this meet, I wanted to see where I was after London. I had some really great races that I’m really proud of, and there’s a bunch where I know there’s a lot of room to improve on. I’m really excited about the next year, and the year after that, and all the years following those.”
Cal women wound up with a total of 14 medals in Barcelona, with Franklin accounting for almost half of them. Cal’s incoming freshman also won gold in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, 200 freestyle, 4x100-free relay and 4x200-free relay. Vollmer earlier won a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly, while Pelton also won gold after swimming in the prelims of the 4x100-free relay. Cal legend Natalie Coughlin swam with Franklin in the final of the 4x100-free relay to win gold, and fellow alumna Lauren Boyle won bronze medals in the 400, 800 and 1500 frees for New Zealand.