Franklin Helps USA to Gold in 4x200 Free Relay
GOLD COAST, Australia – Sophomore Missy Franklin helped the United States to a gold medal in the 4x200-meter free relay, swimming the second leg, to highlight Cal’s performances on the second day of the Pan Pacific Championships Friday.
Franklin, who battled back spasms that limited her training earlier in the week, also placed fourth in the 100 free. The U.S. champion when she finished in 53.43 two weeks ago, Franklin was timed in 53.87 Friday.
In the relay, Franklin covered the second leg in 1:56.12, helping Team USA to a meet-record final time of 7:46.40, just over a second ahead of runner-up Australia.
“I think we take a lot of ownership with this event,” Franklin said. “We always have great competitors, especially with the Australians. We knew with the meet in Australia, they were really going to put up a fight tonight, but we take so much pride in our relays. They’re not something we like to lose.”
Several other Golden Bears also swam in finals Friday, led by senior Camille Cheng, who was eighth in the 100 free in 55.09 competing for Hong Kong. Former Cal swimmer Caitlin Leverenz captured the B final in the 400 individual medley in 4:38.31, a time that would have placed third in the A final.
In addition to Franklin, two other Bears also competed in the 4x200 free relay. Alum Lauren Boyle led off for New Zealand’s fifth-place team with a 1:59.51 split, while Cheng handled the second leg for Hong Kong with a 2:01.85 split.
Racing at the Pan Pacific meet continues through Sunday. For complete results, click here.