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.