Missy Franklin: Life as a Pro (Video)

Produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Hannah Hecht.

Cal’s Natalie Coughlin was longest and fastest off the start. Kathleen Baker was just barely first at the turn in a packed field. In the end, in about the last five strokes, Missy Franklin used her signature finishing speed to surge forward and win the event in 1:00.03. Michigan senior Ali Deloof finished second in 1:00.10, Cal’s Rachel Bootsma vthird in 1:00.25, Coughlin fourth in 1:00.41, Carmel Swim Club’s Claire Adams in 1:00.46, Baker in 1:00.48, and Michigan’s Clara Smiddy in 1:00.49. The top seven swimmers all finished within less than half a second of each other.

Counting on early speed, Brooklyn Snodgrass finished first in the consol final in 1:00.68. Just behind her was Johanna Roas in 1:00.77.

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Victor P

Let’s hope she’s got 2 seconds worth of improvement to go. Grevers goes 52.5, about the same as Worlds. Franklin’s time is 0.6 slower than Worlds. Heavy training?

bobo gigi

Difference with Grevers is she swam a 200 free before that 100 back.
1.57.30/1.00.03 are not infamous times but it’s not wonderful neither.
Really don’t know what to think about Missy right now.
Let’s see her 200 back today. She swam a great 200 back in Minneapolis a few weeks ago.

bobo gigi

it’s not wonderful either


That`s pretty true but Grevers is like 30 ( 31 in March ) – his 5th Us trials soon , Grevers is impressive to be at this top level right now already . He has a 52 low in him for sure for next year . Missy has to put her focus on the details she avoided so long ( starts , turns , underwaters ) – She has 7 months to train with Todd . Those 2 are not to be compared actually .

Victor P

Sort of agree and disagree. Yes, she’s 10 years younger, but he’s also not exactly over the hill. Phelps is swimming at his best (1:54.7 200 IM earlier this year, 50.4 100 fly, 1:52.9 200 fly) and we’ve seen a number of swimmers in their early 30s still perform prime. Grevers is focused on a couple events at most so it works for him. Also, he’s got the added advantage of all that experience and knowing what to do better at his age.

Missy, I’m a little concerned about. Doubt she’ll break 2:07 and 7 months means there’s really no margin of error with the preparation she still needs.

Stephy K

I think she wasted to much time on short course and I don’t think that CAL in her case has helped her (swimming wise). If she had stayed with her previous teams she would have had better times by now I think. Not dissing CAL or anything but she would have been a better swimmer if she had stayed with Todd.


Or not having someone that is her caliber to train with anymore is hurting her… It wouldn’t take a Terri or a Todd 7 months to fix starts, turns, and underwaters but you can’t make up for not having someone there to push you

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Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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