Missy Franklin and her coach, Todd Schmitz have an awesome coach/swimmer relationship. This interview showcases just that.
Women’s 100 Back – Final
Teri McKeever has to be absolutely salivating at the prospects of her backstroke group coming up. Not that this is a new story, but between her current freshmen, and her next-year freshman, the Golden Bears went 1-2-3 in the women’s 100 backstroke final.
That was led by Missy Franklin in 1:00.15, and followed by her Olympic counterpart Rachel Bootsma in 1:00.54 and Liz Pelton in 1:00.84. Franklin, who is still training with Todd Schmitz and the Colorado Stars, is probably at a much different spot in her training than Bootsma and Pelton (who are just coming off of their NCAA Championship meet).
Future Georgia Bulldog Olivia Smoliga was 4th in 1:01.67. SMU’s Isabella Arcila completed a 1-5 sweep by teenagers and placed 5th in 1:02.47.
Clara Smiddy won the B-Final in 1:02.41; along with her brother Sam, the Smiddy siblings have had an outstanding meet so far.
Women’s 200 IM – Final
Hungarian Katinka Hosszu has had a great meet, and in this, the last race of 8 (she ended up scratching the 800 free), she may have had her best. She had a great breaststroke leg, to match that of former training partner Stina Gardell, and won in 2:12.68. That’s the fastest that she’s been this early in a long course season in her career (which makes sense because it’s her first chance at not coming right off of NCAA’s).
Hosszu will finish the meet with four runner-up finishes, two victories, a 6th-place finish, and an 8th place finish.
Gardell finished 2nd in 2:13.81, and Caitlin Leverenz was 3rd in 2:13.90. Leverenz had a typically-great breaststroke leg to get back into this race, but couldn’t hold that position on the freestyle leg.
Missy Franklin placed 4th in 2:16.29, and Liz Pelton was 5th in 2:16.68.
Karlee Bispo of Longhorn Aquatics won the B-Final in 2:16.91, pulling away from Alia Atkinson(2:16.91). Bispo looked very smooth on the closing freestyle leg next to Atkinson’s relatively labored freestyle stroke coming home. After a 2:12 at the Austin Grand Prix earlier this year, Bispo should at least final at Nationals this summer, and could challenge for a spot in Barcelona in the 200 IM.