Maybe Missy Franklin was a little bit mad about a touchout loss in the 500 free on night 1 of NCAAs. The Cal freshman doesn’t have a lot of experience in losing, and though her always-bubbly exterior didn’t show any frustration, her 200 free on night 2 sure felt like a release. The Cal freshman went on a tear early, breaking away from the field and serving notice that she had no intention of missing out on her first NCAA title on this night.
Franklin blazed to a 1:40.31, destroying the field and the NCAA, American, U.S. Open and Championship records all in one fell swoop. Franklin was a woman on a mission during the race, going 48.71 to her feet at the 100 mark and blasting home with momentum. As fast as she went out, Franklin showed no signs of dying late in the race, posting back-to-back splits of 25.7 and 25.8 to emphatically shut the door.
The old NCAA record was just two years old, set by Megan Romano at 1:41.21. Franklin went 1:41.40 back in December to serve notice that that record’s days were numbered, but even so, the time she put up tonight was probably beyond what many expected of her.
Check out these crazy splits:
Franklin will be a part of Cal’s 800 free relay at the end of the night, so she could conceivable re-break the record, or at least put up the second-fastest swim in history, if she leads off. She’s likely to do that, but then again, how exciting would it be to see Franklin with a flying start and 1:39 within reach?