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

  25 Braden Keith | February 05th, 2013 | Featured, 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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3 years 8 months ago

Is metros psych sheet out yet?

3 years 8 months ago

Conger is swimming the 100 back and 500 free at metro’s, and ledecky is swimming the 200 and 500. Possibly an American record for ledecky in the 5 and mabye 2 high school record for conger.

3 years 8 months ago

Where is psych sheet?

3 years 8 months ago

I only have a PDF and I’m not tech savvy enough to post it here

3 years 8 months ago

Incredible girl she is!!! I wonder how rested she will be…if she is decently rested maybe a 1:55 and a 4:43? Very interested to see how she does in these off events!!!

3 years 8 months ago

Missy was in Berkeley last weekend with her family attending the Cal meets. The whiny abuse she’s taken for wanting to swim one last time with her friends is ridiculous, That being sad, she’s walked the walk on putting her team ahead of individual accomplishment. It’s unfortunate that she won’t get the national high school records she deserves, but she’s also got bigger fish to fry. Her selflessness bodes well for Cal’s team success is 2014 and 2015.

3 years 8 months ago

She also swam the 100 free and the 200 back in London

3 years 8 months ago

I sure hope that “Psycho Mom” ‘s daughter is not swimming the 200 i.m. and 500 free!!!!

3 years 8 months ago

She is a mature young woman and very selfless. She will be an asset to any team she’s on anywhere. Wish the parents could be more mature and selfless

3 years 8 months ago

That’s really selfless of her, rooting for her at this meet to break those records!!

Daniel Barth
3 years 8 months ago

Bob is correct. Missy also swam in the 200 back at the olympics which was also the only individual event she set a world record in.

3 years 8 months ago

But he’s only talking about high school events, the 200 back is not a high school event.

bobo gigi
3 years 8 months ago

The meet is at high altitude so don’t expect crazy times from Missy. We also don’t know her level of rest. I predict 1.56 and 4.44 for her. I’m a little less enthusiastic to watch the meet now she doesn’t swim her best races but Missy is Missy. Live streaming is on playon sports (a very nice website for high school sports) at 4 PM EST in USA. And I want to watch live your crazy helicopter moms. Do they plan a protest march against the presence of Missy at this meet? I imagine the scene.

another concerned mom
3 years 8 months ago

Well I guess once again Missy Franklin’s showing us her true colors by insisting on participating in this year’s state championship.

Even though Missy’s well aware that by doing so, she’s already forcing family and friends of all the HS participants to have to compete with her fans for tickets that should have rightfully been theirs.

Not to mention all the disruptive media attention that’s going to be focused unfairly on a single individual who’s grossly over-qualified for this competition, thus taking away the dues that rightfully belong to others who have a more legit claim to being in this event.

It makes me and frankly a whole bunch of other parents really quite frustrated that the media reporting, including from this otherwise respectable site, has been so biased in favor of their Olympic “superstar”, painting her literally as someone who can do no wrong.

Even though those of us who know better are quite aware that Missy’s ulterior motives in contesting these specific events aren’t really “all about the team”, but in actual fact no doubt a cynical attempt to bring down our Bonnie Brandon’s amazing state records in those very same events from last year (1:59.09 & 4:43.52). Records that incidentally Bonnie herself can no longer defend…

Won’t be surprised if all the Missy fanboys jump on my case in response to this honestly expressed comment of a concerned mom, but just know that my opinion isn’t exactly in the minority here locally.

3 years 8 months ago

This is just the saddest thing I’ve read on this site. Make sure you comment on the DC swimming articles about how selfish Katie Ledecky is, too.

3 years 8 months ago

Sounds to me, with those times by Bonnie Brandon, that Bonnie also shouldn’t have been allowed to swim at the meet last year. It appears to only be for slow people.

3 years 8 months ago

Love this 🙂

3 years 8 months ago

Wow! I am not a missy fanboy but I am a parent of a couple of very strong swimmers. If your son was a top football, baseball, basketball player would you pull him from the team? Tell him not to run that pass? He would be praised for the contribution he makes to his high school team.

As swimmers, our children don’t participate in a sport celebrated or even acknowledged by many of their peers. Yet they train incredibly hard, with dedication and commitment to their sport and miss out on many social aspects of high school. They have every right to shine and have fun at their high school sporting event! I have always been impressed at the support and enthusiasm my kids have received from their peers at high school meets.

Perhaps you should watch the excitement that the swimmers on deck demonstrate when there is someone special in their midst. It is exciting to have someone from your school community achieve success. If your daughter was able to swim a relay with or even race against Missy, I bet she would talk about that opportunity for years to come. In the same way kids that go to Olympic trials or Grand Prix meets love to swim with their heroes.

3 years 8 months ago

Such a shame you’re a gutless coward who refuses to put her name on her post, and hides behind a stupid handle; otherwise, you could have some credibility. Emphasis on “could.”

3 years 8 months ago

This person is not for real… how could she be!

3 years 8 months ago

You and the Wall Street Journal have done a remarkably effective job of making Cherry Creek High School look horrible.

3 years 8 months ago

Dear Concerned Mom,
I bet if you talked with the swimmers competing at this event they would be thrilled at the prospect of competing at the same event with such a great swimmer. Maybe, a couple of them will even be inspired to take their swimming to a higher level.
On a personal note, my son swam in a lane next to Michael Phelps last year. He was excited to race against the greatest swimmer of all time, even though he knew Phelps was much faster. He did not focus on the fact that he was 17 and Michael was 25 or that he was racing an Olympian. He has proudly told the story of being beaten by Michael Phelps to his friends and aspires to being as good as him some day.
My advice would be grab a seat, enjoy the meet and your daughter might get some enjoyment out of competing against Missy.

Another swim mom psycho
3 years 8 months ago

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.

3 years 8 months ago

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!

Lady Lionfish
3 years 8 months ago

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 a point of pride to go against the best, regardless of whether you win or lose.

Think about the message you are sending to your kids – “we want you to be the best – but only if the really great people aren’t there to make you feel bad.” One year at the state meet, one of the Cherry Creek swimmers injured her shoulder, and the Littleton coach helped her wrap her arm so she could swim, even though it meant points for Creek in a year where it came down to the wire for the team title – *that* is the type of sportsmanship and attitude you want to leave your kids with. This year,there was interview after the CHSAA meet with Rhianna Williams, a girl who swam against Missy on the 400 free relay, and kept pace with her: ” “It’s been exciting racing (Franklin) the past two days. She pushed all of us to do better than we could have imagined.” That is class.

Oh – and congrats to Regis for another state title – as a team effort 🙂



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