Olympic champ and world record-holder Missy Franklin has been quiet on the competition front since her huge NCAA Championships, but she will be jumping into long course season headfirst at next month’s Santa Clara Pro Swim Series, her agent says.
It’s unknown if Franklin will be competing in the weeks before that meet, but it’s possible that Santa Clara will be Franklin’s official professional debut. The young superstar wrapped up her second and final college season just two months ago.
Franklin officially turned pro in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics, officially signing with an agent the day after NCAAs. Franklin is just under two weeks past her 20th birthday and is one of the brightest young talents in swimming. Combining impressive versatility, major international success and a friendly, outgoing personality, Franklin was recently ranked as the 4th-most marketable athlete in the entire world.
Franklin has yet to sign an official deal with any swimsuit company, which would seem to be the next big move for her. If she hasn’t signed an official deal by the Santa Clara meet in mid-June, what suit she races in might be as newsworthy as how she actually swims, much as it was with Michael Phelps last spring, before his mega-deal with AquaSphere.
The Santa Clara stop of the Arena Pro Swim Series is the tour’s finale, and typically one of the faster meets of the U.S.’s summer season. It will take place June 18-21 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, California.