Storm Tracking: Missy in Berkeley This Coming Weekend

As if Northern California isn’t always a hotspot for swimming, this coming weekend it will be particularly in-focus of the college swimming fandom, as two out of the biggest recruiting superstar we’ve seen in at least a decade will be taking her recruiting trip to Cal.

Missy Franklin will be in the north Bay Area taking in Teri McKeever’s program over Labor Day weekend.

Missy has said that aside from Cal, she will also make stops at USC and Georgia for sure, with Texas getting a “maybe”. She still has not declared publicly that she’s made up her mind on whether to go pro or not.

Two current members of the Cal team were on the U.S. Olympic Team with Franklin in London this past summer: Caitlin Leverenz and incoming freshman Rachel Bootsma. Two members of the post-grad group were there as well, Dana Vollmer and Natalie Coughlin, so there’s definitely already some relationships built with the Golden Bears.

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cynthia curran

Well, interesting that Missy was born in Pasadena Ca and moved to Colorado. Her parents are like a lot of folks, California is expensive like East Coast states near the coast. Inland California has high unemployment, so its less appealing to stay. Weather isn’t everything. Texas grew a million more people in the past decade than California. In 2025 Texas might dominate swimming.

Sam I Am

Just some food for thought.
On Cal, Missy would have the 4th fastest career 100 back time behind Pelton, Tran and Bootsma. (As amazing as she is, her turns and starts need work and in SCY it brings her back to the pack a little)

IF she goes to Cal, they only have 2 seniors this season and the loss of Roth. That would leave possibly 2 slots left for the rest of the class, not much scholarship money and every top swimmer in the nation wanting to go there. I have a feeling we will see committments very early to Cal this year just so they can get a seat before they are all gone.


And if she were ranked 4th at Cal, she’d be ranked 4th in the nation. What is your point? Anyone who thinks that Franklin is going to choose a college based on her ability to be the belle-of-the-ball in the 100y back has had their head in the sand all summer.

We all know she needs work on her walls, BUT she is the current world record holder in both SCM and LCM 200 back.


I happened to just watch her 100 backstroke in yards at her high school state championship, and well you’re right. She needs work here or there, but I think winning a gold medal in the 100 back in LCM and world record 200 back LCM kind of helps her cause. Plus, when you’re that kind of good, schools will throw full scholarships at her. If Cal is short money, they will defer a scholarship from next year to get her the full ride. The money is not the issue. Getting back to the point of if she’s not the fastest on the team? Well, it’s just a guess but I don’t think I’d be that far off to say that… Read more »


I bet the Cal coach leaves a full scholarship open for Missy. She’s good winning all of her events every year

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