Missy Franklin Breaks Her US Open Record In The 100 Backstroke

Missy Franklin from the Colorado Stars broke her own US Open record set last summer in Omaha, Nebraska at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials. She won the 100 backstroke tonight with a time of 58.67, breaking her previous US Open record by .18. Before Franklin, Hayley McGregory held the US Open record with a 59.11 in 2008. Last night, Rachel Bootsma beat McGregory’s 50 backstroke US Open and American record. 

Missy Franklin is having a great meet despite all of the talk about the difficulty of the “post olympic year.” Several athletes have mentioned struggling because of this. Several young stars, such as Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky, have maintained their training during their high school seasons and produced good times. Ledecky improved her lifetime best time today in the 400 freestyle and Franklin was within 10ths of her time from the finals of the 100 backstroke at the London Olympic Games, which was 58.33.

Next year, Franklin will be attending Cal Berkeley, swimming under head coach, Teri Mckeever. Hopefully, Mckeever will be able to help Franklin continue her success just as Colorodo Stars head coach, Todd Schmitz, has been able to do. Franklin’s future teammates, Rachel Bootsma and Liz Pelton, have also qualified for the Worlds team in the backstroke events under the direction of McKeever. Franklin is expected to do well training with Boostma and Pelton at Cal Berkeley the next few years.

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SwimSwam – please use more of these professional photos for the women. There are way too many unflattering pics in caps & goggles of girls eking out their last ( seeming ) breaths .

These could be part of their CV. Women should be able to largely choose their images – we can deal with a little photoshop!


Are caps, goggles, and heavy breathing after a race un-ladylike, or something? Guys seem to deal with it OK…


Lol heavy breathing !


JG, that seems a little absurd. I think one of the best parts about swimming news stories is seeing the action pictures (before/during/after the race) of the athletes, and that includes the flattering and unflattering pictures for men and women. It’s just a part of the sport!


There are no action pics in swimming . Everyone looks the same .

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