Missy Franklin Breaks 100 Back American Record

  37 Braden Keith | June 27th, 2012 | Featured, News, U.S. Olympic Trials

Missy Franklin has been fighting the urge to see herself as an “Olympian”. Though media across the world wanted to anoint her before she set foot in Omaha, she insisted she was an “Olympic hopeful”, just like the other 1,840 swimmers at the meet.

And in the women’s 100 back, she not only became an Olympian, she became an American Record holder in the race, with a 58.85 to blow away the field.

She looked like she might be in trouble headed into the turn; she only went out in 29.11, which left her 4th at the turn. But she came home in a nearly-even 29.74 to mark a 58.85 that breaks Natalie Coughlin’s American Record in the event, set back in 2009 in a rubber suit.

The comparative splits are below, and highlight how vastly different these two swim their races.

Coughlin ’08: 28.39 – 58.94
Franklin ’12: 29.11 – 29.74

This swim also took down a 58.97, also swum by Coughlin, that was the old U.S. Open Record.

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Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

Great MIssy Franklin ! owesome time ! way to start the Olympic team ……

Foxhovens
4 years 1 month ago

Cheers from home! Way to go!

John Sampson
4 years 1 month ago

Look out world….

Im still mind boggled…%5.8 not even 20 minutes after a 200 free?! WHAT?! No matter how easy she coasted in the 200 free, you cannot i repeat CANNOT escape that event without losing energy. she is a superstar.

Is that time fastest in the world this year? I know anastasia has been 58 but i dont know the tenths…

John Sampson
4 years 1 month ago

58.8****

john26
4 years 1 month ago

On top of this, she was swimming against the lane ropes during the 2nd 25. I really think, considering the 200 free effort before hand, we’re looking at a 58.5 swimmer (already). How much time is she going to have in between the two events in London?

Though, if you consider how Schmitt wasn’t really breathing at all after her 200free, that she is probably still going to win.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Woohoo!

As I predicted yesterday that Missy would still be able to swim 58.7-58.8 even after her 200 free 20 mins before, in my response to Bobo Gigi who kept saying Missy shouldn’t swim 200 free and who kept saying that there’s no way Missy woud swim 58.7-58.8 after 200 free.

Keith
4 years 1 month ago

I think Bobo just meant she shouldn’t swim the individual 200 free in London, not at trials. Unless she really throws down something monumental tomorrow I’d agree with that. I think her next double is tough too, but I think it’s OK as the 100 free is more of a bonus event for her.

bobo gigi
4 years 1 month ago

Yes you have perfectly understood what I say. She can do that double at the trials, she has a big margin but don’t forget you are not alone in the world. And the olympic games will be another story. Missy will have to swim much faster in the semi-finals of the 200 free in London. And even after her great time in the 100 back at the trials I continue to think it would be very tough to beat Emily Seebohm or Anastasia Zueva who will be fresh. Yes Missy has swum 58.85. But she doesn’t control the race yet as she can do it in the 200 back. I think she swims it on her giant talent. But technically she has many things to improve. And that’s amazing. She can break the world record in the future. We’ll see her decision to make the double or not at the next olympic games but I continue my lobbying. Admit it would be a pity that Missy doesn’t win a race she can’t lose just because of a bad choice. In the 200 free it’s different. Camille Muffat is unbeatable. Ok Missy is a genius, is young, is a racer and nobody knows her limits. But I think it would be a risk to win only 2 bronze medals. I think 1 gold medal is better than 2 bronze medals.

4 years 1 month ago

Bobo,
no one is unbeatable.Muffat is a favorite, but at Olympics, many factors make a champion, but a single mistake can make a lot of losers…

Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

exactly ! Muffat is not unbeatable at all ! Schmitt will show her that in one month . Count on that !!!

TX Swimmer
4 years 1 month ago

Missy is the real deal! She is going to win the 200 Free with a world best 2morrow. I am now a believer in this kid.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

I’ve always been a believer in Franklin when she showed that she was able to use and change external pressure to positive energy during her pre-Shanghai team camp, and during Worlds.

There are others however who kept comparing Franklin to Hoff and/or that Franklin should limit her events etc etc.

Keith
4 years 1 month ago

We may see a World’s best in the race, but it’s more likely to come from Schmitt. Missy is a great racer though and if she’s close at the end who knows? But it’s hard to see past Alison right now.

Anonymous
4 years 1 month ago

Where did you get this photo?! #fantastic

Keith
4 years 1 month ago

Tebow is in the Big Apple so she’s probably all for Manning now.

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

Manning was the reason I Started watching NFL (Basketball calls back to the Great Magic) Just can´t see a reason for seeing Baseball… Hockey is nice, but not cathing on TV (saw live when was in US)

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

Missy if the real deal… waiting to see how good she can go on freestyle against the Dutch.. Maybe we are seeing the born of the greatest female swimmer ever?

Keith
4 years 1 month ago

Greatest ever? She just qualified for her first Olympics! I’d settle for just one of the best in the world right now. In the future who knows?

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

That´s why I´ve used maybe we are seeing..

Only time will tell, that I Agree with you. Last years been so crazy on swimming and idols are rising and “falling” too fast.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

I am not that quick in calling her greatest female swimmer ever.
There have been plenty in the past whose achievements are mind-boggling (eg. Shane Gould who held ALL freestyle WRs at the SAME time, who won 5 individual medals including three golds in a single olympics, still a feat unmatched until today).

But Missy is the first of new super specimen: A really tall female swimmer who can swim really good. Basically a “giant” who can swim.

In men, we have seen plenty “giants”: Biondi, Hackett, Thorpe, etc.

If one day Missy focuses on 100-200 free only, I think she can break both WRs.

Rafael
4 years 1 month ago

Kornelia ender ( I Know about all the real bad stuff) had 4 golds and 1 silver on 1976.. But I would really would like to see how good she could be without the steroids (Who were not her fault)

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

Rafael,

Ender “only” won 3 individual medals: 100 free (gold), 200 free (gold), 100 fly (gold). She won the other two medals in relays.

Gould’s 5 individual medals: 3 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze is still unmatched, before or after 1972 olympics.

It is not fair to include relays medals as swimmers like Egerszegi for example, who would have won a lot more olympics medals (in relays) if she had been an american.

cynthia curran
4 years 1 month ago

Well, she’s young and she can recover fast and swim fast in 100 meter back and 200 meter free.

Justin Thompson
4 years 1 month ago

Was it just me or did her first 50 seem slow like maybe she got a bad start? That was an insane last 50 from Missy.

liquidassets
4 years 1 month ago

yea her start needs work, as do her turns/breakouts. Which makes this time even more amazing for her.

Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

exactly : fabulous last 50 ! a missile …….should i say

emilyr
4 years 1 month ago

couple of writeups below.

apparently missy considered dropping the 200 earlier in the day (im glad she didnt!)

http://www.denverpost.com/olympics/ci_20957083/london-calling

http://capandgoggles.com/2012/06/27/exhausted-eloquence/

bobo gigi
4 years 1 month ago

I haven’t watched the race. Are the videos of the race archived somewhere? It would be good. And please don’t answer me nbcolympics.com. It doesn’t work outside USA.

bobo gigi
4 years 1 month ago

Are the videos of the races archived somewhere?
Back to Missy. She’s definitely a special talent. The question about her future is clear. Does she want to be an all-around swimmer like Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte with 8 gold medals as goal in 2016 or does she want to become a sprinter? Because she can’t do the both. I bet on the first answer.

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

MIssy can still do free and back.

And she can still win both back and 200 free.

Only 100 free is difficult to win. 100 free is the most competitive event in both women and men.

Example: The swimming superstars Phelps and Lochte have won 200 free, but they have never won any 100 free medal in international events.

beachmouse
4 years 1 month ago

NBC seems to be archiving some race video here, but I’m not sure if they’re region-locked:

http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/index.html

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

those outside USA cannot view the videos stored in nbc.
Apparently their the trials is considered an olympics event already, and bound by agreement between national broadcasters and IOC.

JackedAndTan
4 years 1 month ago

I don’t understand why you keep mentioning Emily Seebohm and Anastasia Zueva when Zhao Jing had the fastest time in the world until yesterday and Aya Terakawa has been 59.1

WKirch
4 years 1 month ago

Zhao Jing has textile best from 2010. Zueva had best time up until yesterday at 58.97. And Seebohm has been 59.2

aswimfan
4 years 1 month ago

I’ll let Bobo answer, but here’s my take:

Terakawa will certainly be very dangerous, but as you know with the japanese, they can swim fast consistently, but with the exception of the very few (hats off to mr. Kitajima), japanese swimmers usually swim faster at their national championships.

As for Zhao Jing, It’s not even clear if she’s selected to go to London. She finished fifth (and failed to final in the 200) in 1:01.27 at the Chinese trials in April. Fu Yuanhui and Gao Chang finished first and second. I don’t have any information who actually goes to London in the 100 back.

Bobo is dead on: I think the toughest opponent for Missy in the 100 will be Zueva. She is VERY fast in all three distances: 50, 100, 200. Seebohm will only have one individual event in London, so she will also be very dangerous as she usually also trained for 100 free/fly and 200 back/IM.

Jean Michel
4 years 1 month ago

No vids of the races on NBC ! out of Usa , we can(t see them ! yesterday night , i recorded with my cellphone the 200 free ( men ) , the end of the 100 back ( men )and the 100 back final ( women ) . jeahhhhhhhhhh

Paul Stearns
4 years 1 month ago

Congratulations to Missy- great swim. Rachel Bootsma is the story of this race with her upset of Natalie.

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