Mel Stewart just caught Missy Franklin’s coach Todd Schmitz on deck at the 2013 USA Swimming World Championship Trials, and Schmitz informed Mel that Franklin would be scratching the 200 IM on the last day of the meet.
Franklin plans to get a good breakfast on Saturday instead of rushing to the pool for the race and turn her focus to the World Championships instead. Though she did have an outside shot at qualifying for Worlds in this event; she has been 2:12.5 this year already, and was a 2:11 in 2010 when she was only 15, but even if she did qualify for Worlds it would’ve been a very difficult medal to her.
And so Franklin will finalize her Trials Friday in the 100 backstroke. Prior to the 100 backstroke finals, Franklin has already qualified in the 200 free, the 100 free, and the 200 backstroke, plus the 800 and 400 free relays. A win in the 100 backstroke could add three events to her schedule (the 100 back, the 400 medley relay, and an option to swim the 50 backstroke) which would be the same schedule that she had in the Olympics, plus the 50 on top of it.