Missy Franklin Won’t Swim 100 Back, 200 Free at Colorado State Championship Meet

  25 Braden Keith | February 05th, 2013 | High School, News

There are three individual events on the high school schedule that high school superstar Missy Franklin swam in London in 2012: the 100 free, the 200 free and the 100 backstroke. When she represents Regis Jesuit High School in Fort Collins, she won’t swim either of those races.

Instead, she’s opting to race the 200 IM and the 500 free, according to psych sheets that were released today. No names were listed under relays, so we still can’t be certain about which two relays she’ll add to that schedule.

Full psych sheets here.

Franklin had a chance at breaking the all-time high school records in both the 100 back and 200 free, but as she has made clear all season, she’s not swimming for the records or the individual glory. This season is all about the team for her. She will still have a chance at breaking records in those two races, because she’s so good even in these off events. The most likely to go down is the 1:57.41 held by her good friend, and Olympic teammate Kathleen Hersey that is the independent school record in the 200 IM. Franklin was a 1:55.3 in the 200 yard IM in 2010, when she was only 15, so Knutson’s overall record is in danger as well.

Her best time in the 500 free is a 4:42.00 in the same year.

500 Free

Overall and Independent School Records: 4:33.35, Kate Ziegler, Bishop O’Connell, 2006

200 IM

Independent School Record: 1:57.41, Kathleen Hersey, Maris H.S., 2008
Overall: 1:53.82, Dagny Knutson, Minot H.S., 2009

Brooke Hansen from Loveland (2:05.84) and Shelley Drozda (2:05.86) from Mountain Range will be the two to push her in that IM. Both are sophomores, and with that youth and Drozda’s speed in the backstroke especially (she’s the top seed), Franklin could have at least a little push early on. Hansen is primarily a breaststroker.

In the 500, Ralston junior Madeline Myers is seeded a mere .02 behind Frankin in 5:57.73.

Franklin will likely be the swimmer of the meet, but based on a quick glance of the psych sheets, Fossil Ridge will be the favorites to take the team title again. Last year, their win was a surprise and a bit of an upset; this year the team is clearly stacked, with senior sprinter Rhianna Williams, who is the top seed in the 50 (23.35) and 100 (51.24) freestyles.

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25 Comments on "Missy Franklin Won’t Swim 100 Back, 200 Free at Colorado State Championship Meet"

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Lady Lionfish
Dear Another Concerned Mom, Hmmm, I don’t seem to recall a single Cherry Creek parent suggesting that Amy van Dyken not swim 50 or 100 free at the Colorado State Championship meets because she was too fast…and neither did any of the parents on other teams, for that matter. High school swimming in Colorado is very much a team sport, and if a team is good enough to win (as the Littleton women did in 1992 and 1993, over Cherry Creek, despite 1992 being Amy’s senior year and, yes, her swimming all of her fastest events that she went on to earn Olympic gold medals in), then kudos to them for putting their fastest swimmers against each other. It is… Read more »

Get real people and figure out how HS swimming works! Missy had to swim those events because of what events her other Regis teammates had qualified for. Since your limited to only 4 swimmers per event and some kids only qualified for 1 event, in order to allow all your qualifiers to swim you have to juggle your top swimmers into the holes you have in your roster. Plain and simple, Regis already had 2 girls who where going to place in the top 16, and two other girls, who only qualified in the backstroke. So Missy couldn’t swim that event, if she did, then one poor teammate would have not been able to swim at state at all!

Another swim mom psycho

Last I checked that meet had no cut off times so no such thing as over qualified.. Good thing, as your beloved Bonnie would of been too fast to swim last year and records are made to be broken. Shame on you for your poor sportsmanship. Win or lose its how you play the game.


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