College Swimming News: Five-time 2012 Olympic medalist, Missy Franklin, enters her freshman year at UC Berkeley.
Franklin’s star rose in swimming, and beyond, on her run-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games, partly because she chose to remain an amateur athlete. A lot of hype surrounded the young swimming phenom before she delivered in London — endless media requests, starring in a documentary film (to be released soon) – and all the while she remained composed. Many swimming analysts credit Franklin’s down-to-earth nature. With the support of her parents and club coach, Todd Schmitz, she has stayed truth to her word to keep swimming fun.
Franklin enters UC Berkeley after a stunning summer performance at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, where she won 6 gold medals. Her performance in freestyle wowed fans. Franklin won the 200 freestyle at Worlds in 1:54.81. (Franklin did not medal in the 200 freestyle at the London Olympics where she went 1:55.81 coming in 4th.)
At UC Berkeley, Franklin will swim under Coach Teri McKeever, considered by many to be one of the greatest coaches in swimming history.
This is the first instance we can remember of a college swimmer holding a press conference at the beginning of the year. In order to allow Franklin the opportunity to adapt to her new environment as a college freshman and as a member of the Cal women’s swimming & diving team, Wednesday’s press conference will be her only media availability until early October, according to Cal’s media staff.