Missy Franklin, who captured three individual events and was a part of three winning relays at the conference championships, has been named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year for women’s swimming.
Since the award was first established in 2000, Golden Bears have earned the honor five times, most recently with Elizabeth Pelton last year. Others to receive the recognition are Natalie Coughlin in 2001, Liv Jensen in 2009 and Caitlin Leverenz in 2010.
At the Pac-12 meet, Franklin won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.17, the 200 free in 1:42.29 and the 500 free in 4:35.73. In addition, she helped Cal to victories in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.
Franklin was the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December and February and was tabbed the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet for her performance at the conference championships.