Video: Missy Franklin was not expecting a 1:41.4 200 Freestyle at Winter Nationals

Video interview is courtesy of Kelsey Floyd. Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.

2013 US Winter National Championships – Women’s 200 Freestyle – as reported by SwimSwam

The showdown of the night was between U.S. Olympic stars Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky in the women’s 200 free. The race was everything swim fans hoped it would be, with the two going stroke for stroke for 150 yards before Franklin made her move, powering away for the win and crushing the meet record in 1:41.40. She was just two tenths off of Megan Romano’s American record. Ledecky had a successful swim as well, though breaking Dagney Knutson’s National Age Group record in the event. Ledecky was 1:42.03, also under the old meet record and within a second of the American record. Those two both look like staples of the United States 800 free relay in international competition moving forward.

Liz Pelton took home the bronze here, going 1:44.71 to beat out a tightly-bunched field. Tennessee’s Lindsey Gendron was third behind Franklin and Ledecky for most of the race and held on for fourth at the finish in 1:44.79. Cal’s Caroline Piehl was fifth and Ohio State post-grad Sam Cheverton took sixth.

Indiana’s Haley Lips won the consol final, dropping a second and a half off her prelims swim and going 1:45.96


  1. bobo gigi says:

    What is cool with Missy is that she is so bubbly that she can speak one or two minutes in a row, so the reporter doesn’t need to ask many questions. :)
    It’s a little, but with opposite roles, like in one of the funniest interviews of all time made at the Atlanta olympic games. Our very famous French interviewer Nelson Monfort asked Michael Johnson a very long question. Result, MJ was tired of waiting and he has gone.

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