Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky are a formidable duo, towering swim stars, making Team USA’s 800m freestyle relay deadly.
Franklin’s 200 free at the London Olympic Games was still in development and didn’t fully flower until 2013 FINA World Championships in Rome, resulting in gold with a 1:54.81.
Ledecky’s 200 free didn’t come online until the 2013 FINA World Championship 800m free relay, which she leadoff in a personal best time of 1:56.32.
This year’s 200 free matchup is developing dramatically. Franklin’s transitioning off of her college season, one where she focused exclusively on freestyle adding the 500 to her schedule. Ledecky’s breaking world records in-season (8:11 in the 800m free and 15:34.23 in the 1500m, in-season, unshaven) and she swam a lifetime best in her 200m free, 1:55.79.
How will the women’s 200 freestyle shakeout at US Nationals in Irvine or Pan Pacific Championships in Australia?
Prediction – Women’s 200 Free
I don’t know. This is a tough one.
Allison Schmitt’s the 2012 Olympic Champion, and she’s training with Bob Bowman which makes her dangerous, but she’s not my pick.
And Ledecky? It’s stupid to bet against her the way she’s swimming…but I am.
My pick: Franklin. She tops the field this summer with a 1:54.87.
Who is your pick this summer in the women’s 200 free?
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