5 Entries for Missy in Omaha

  24 Braden Keith | June 13th, 2012 | Featured, National, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

The Denver Post is reporting that Missy Franklin will have 5 events at the upcoming Olympic Trials in Omaha – the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles, as well as the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Coach Todd Schmitz clarified that 5 entries does not necessarily mean that she’ll swim all 5 – many athletes will over-enter races before deciding their official schedules.

This event lineup is what most probably expected from her; the only one that doesn’t fit into her core lineup is the 50 free, and that comes at the end of the meet schedule so we will see many “why not” entries in that event.

Though they’ve opted against the 200 IM, she’ll still have a tough day-3 double with the women’s 200 free semi-final coming one race before the 100 back final.

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3 years 10 months ago

Wise decision.
Even if she qualifies to four events. she will have a shot to gain seven medals(with relays)!Really Strong for a girl at her age.
She has a shot to gold in 200free,100back and 200back plus relays.Just amazing.

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

Missy is the girl to watch in London ! She will wowww the planet of swimming with great races + fabulous Us relays to part of …. great entries for her

junker23
3 years 10 months ago

Doubtful she’d swim the 50 in London even if she made it, right? Doesn’t seem like it’d fit into her schedule too well.

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think she’ll make the 50 free, but we’ll see

USSwimFan
3 years 10 months ago

So much speculation but here are some assumptions/predictions:
Most likely/Guaranteed to qualify in- 200 Back and all 3 relays
More than likely to qualify- 200 Free (Her race against Schmitt and Vollmer is going to be great).
We will see- Women’s 100 Back is still too tough to call- Natalie’s gotta be at 100% to defend her Olympic title and Pelton/Bootsma are going to be tough…but Missy has shown us that she can hang with the best so we’ll see….same applies for the 100 free.

newswim
3 years 10 months ago

I pretty much agree with USSWIMFAN except that 200 free and 100 back same day is not going to be easy…..in London there is 20 minutes between those events and the competition is pretty tough. Wouldn’t be surprised if they drop one of those events after prelims or semis, as Trials progress. Appears that keeping expectations in check is the rule of the day and they will keep it realistic.

John Sampson
3 years 10 months ago

I agree that she will probably only swim one of those–I personally would prefer the 100 back and let Schmitt and vollmer(Megan Romano???) take the 200 free. Her 3 biggest chances at gold are the 200 back, 800FR, 400 MR.

I’m glad she’s in the 50 have we ever seen her truely taper it? She could break 25!!

After typing this I take back me saying the 100 back and decided she should do both. If anyone can double it’s Missy the Missle!!!!

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

I think Missy will definitely do both 200 free and 100 back.
Why wouldn’t she?

She’s a strong gold medalist potential in both.

john26
3 years 10 months ago

Honestly, seeing what she swam last year given the flight back from China, and what she swam in her other races. sub59 is not going to be exceedingly difficult for her to swim, even after swimming a 157 a few minutes before. Yes it is a tough double, but at full rest, she has shown signs that she has at least half a second over Natalie. I don’t see it being close even with the 200free before, I’m sure her coach will plan it out well according to her fitnes

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

I am very positive she will qualify in all 100/200 free/back

Jean Michel
3 years 10 months ago

will be very interesting to follow her races !!! no doubt

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

No problem with the 50 free. It’s at the end of the trials. It’s just for fun.
For the rest of her schedule not at the trials but at the olympic games I continue my lobbying for the 100 back instead of the 200 free. She can easily swim around 58.50 in the 100 back and win the gold medal if she doesn’t swim the 200 free before. If she swims the 2 events I think she says goodbye to the gold medal in the 100 back and she’ll play the third place behind Camille Muffat and Allison Schmitt in the 200 free. She must keep the freestyle for the relays. She’s the queen of backstroke. With better underwaters she’s unbeatable. And I’m sure Missy and her great coach Todd Schmitz have worked very hard on them.
She’s now the motor of the 3 american relays. With her you can play the 3 gold medals which wasn’t the case in 2008.
Good luck to her. She’s a great ambassador of swimming.

euroswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Someone may have to correct me on this, but hasn’t Natalie always triumphed (thus far) in all her head-to-head battles with Missy in the 100 back? I would never count Natalie out as she has this uncanny knack of getting her hand to the wall when it really matters 🙂

So whilst I don’t doubt Missy to have potential physical superiority over Natalie in this event, the psychoalogical aspects have to be considered as well. Not to overlook either that Missy has always looked up to Natalie reportedly, so that could factor in…

I’m really crossing my fingers that Missy will repeat her brilliant performances this summer starting with trials, but privately worry that my expectations may have become a wee overblown, or perhaps she won’t drop as much time with her taper this time round as she did so stunningly in Shanghai.

The competition is going to be so much tougher in Omaha and London being an Olympic year, and we’ve already seen a multitude of fabulous talent step up to post extremely impressive times in 2012, especially in the events that Missy is likely to compete in – for example, Camille, Sarah & Ranomi in the free, not to forget Allison who on current form is the favourite amongst the Americans, with Dana swimming very strongly too even if her focus will lie more with her 100 fly.

Unlike last year when Missy had a relatively light WC schedule and little pressure, the spotlight is full on her this time round, with Rowdy & NBC going on and on about her 7 medals: http://www.5280.com/magazine/2012/06/golden-girl#.T8fPyE8nHP0.twitter

I think Missy WILL deliver in the end, and charm a whole gaggle of new fans in addition to those of us who have been tracking her development & progress with much excitement, but it won’t be exactly easy with the tough schedule she’s taking on and the top level of competition she will be facing!

Craig H
3 years 10 months ago

I wouldn’t count out Natalie in the backstroke. I watched her at Santa Clara. She was SO much better than everybody else (including the very fast Australians) on the starts and turns (I’m talking almost a body length). I think that if she hits her taper she she won’t fade as much at the end and should be able to do something special (possibly wishful thinking, but hey…).

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

I know Natalie is amazing with her turns and her underwaters and she will probably be in the mix for the podium at the next olympic games. But only on the potential between the 2 walls Missy is far ahead every backstroker in the world. And I doubt Natalie is able to swim 58.50 this summer. Missy has a big margin of progression and when everything will be together in her race she will swim a monster time.

gosharks
3 years 10 months ago

Thank you for linking that awesome article! Todd Schmitz is my new favorite person.

euroswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Yes that article was good, informative reading!

Here are a couple of other, recent articles on Missy, from the Denver Post:
http://www.denverpost.com/olympics/ci_20769676/missy-franklins-mom-d-helps-teen-phenom-deal
http://photos.denverpost.com/mediacenter/2012/06/swimmer-missy-franklin-olympic-trials/37645/

euroswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

The Denver Post, not surprisingly, is a pretty active resource when it comes to articles on Missy.

Another one posted a couple of days ago:
http://www.denverpost.com/recommended/ci_20875217

aswimfan
3 years 10 months ago

Coughlin is a great proven champion, but at almost 30, I don’t think she will beat the 17 yo Missy.

bobo gigi
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think age is a problem for this short event. It’s just about the pure talent. Only on the potential between the 2 walls Missy is far ahead of every backstroker in the world. The key for her is the beginning of the race. If she has improved her start and her underwaters she’s unbeatable.

Chris
3 years 10 months ago

As you’ve mentioned repeatedly, Franklin has a lot of talent, and her underwaters are her biggest shortcoming. However, talent still has to be developed, and Coughlin’s been working on that underwater for a decade. If you compare Franklin’s underwaters from the grand prix meets with her underwaters at Nationals, does it look like they’re on the level with the other elite backstrokers? I’m sure she and Todd have been hard at work on them, but Franklin’s still physically maturing, and she her swimming doesn’t have the coordination, flexibility, or control of some of her competitors.

DutchWomen
3 years 10 months ago

Interesting to see how she will do in the 100 free. Outside shot to go 1 or 2 in that event. We’ll need someone to step up as the Dutch women look to be unbeatable again.

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