Cal freshman swimmer Missy Franklin, who recently won a record six gold medals at the FINA World Championships, has been chosen the U.S. Sports Academy’s female Athlete of the Month for August.
At the world meet held July 19-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Franklin claimed individual gold in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 200-meter freestyle. Her time of 2:04.76 in the 200m backstroke was a meet record. She also led the U.S. women to a sweep of the relay events – 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.
With her six gold medals, Franklin eclipsed the women’s record that had had been shared by American Tracy Caulkins, who won five times at the 1978 worlds, and Australian Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007. With nine career gold medals at the World Championships, Franklin has already won more world championship titles than any female swimmer in FINA history.
Franklin is now eligible for the Academy’s female 2013 Athlete of the Year Award. For the 29th consecutive year, the Academy will oversee the worldwide online voting that will take place in December.