There are three individual events on the high school schedule that high school superstar Missy Franklin swam in London in 2012: the 100 free, the 200 free and the 100 backstroke. When she represents Regis Jesuit High School in Fort Collins, she won’t swim either of those races.
Instead, she’s opting to race the 200 IM and the 500 free, according to psych sheets that were released today. No names were listed under relays, so we still can’t be certain about which two relays she’ll add to that schedule.
Franklin had a chance at breaking the all-time high school records in both the 100 back and 200 free, but as she has made clear all season, she’s not swimming for the records or the individual glory. This season is all about the team for her. She will still have a chance at breaking records in those two races, because she’s so good even in these off events. The most likely to go down is the 1:57.41 held by her good friend, and Olympic teammate Kathleen Hersey that is the independent school record in the 200 IM. Franklin was a 1:55.3 in the 200 yard IM in 2010, when she was only 15, so Knutson’s overall record is in danger as well.
Her best time in the 500 free is a 4:42.00 in the same year.
Overall and Independent School Records: 4:33.35, Kate Ziegler, Bishop O’Connell, 2006
Independent School Record: 1:57.41, Kathleen Hersey, Maris H.S., 2008
Overall: 1:53.82, Dagny Knutson, Minot H.S., 2009
Brooke Hansen from Loveland (2:05.84) and Shelley Drozda (2:05.86) from Mountain Range will be the two to push her in that IM. Both are sophomores, and with that youth and Drozda’s speed in the backstroke especially (she’s the top seed), Franklin could have at least a little push early on. Hansen is primarily a breaststroker.
In the 500, Ralston junior Madeline Myers is seeded a mere .02 behind Frankin in 5:57.73.
Franklin will likely be the swimmer of the meet, but based on a quick glance of the psych sheets, Fossil Ridge will be the favorites to take the team title again. Last year, their win was a surprise and a bit of an upset; this year the team is clearly stacked, with senior sprinter Rhianna Williams, who is the top seed in the 50 (23.35) and 100 (51.24) freestyles.