Storm Tracking: Missy in Berkeley This Coming Weekend

  63 Braden Keith | August 27th, 2012 | College, College Recruiting, Featured, News

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
4 years 8 hours ago

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
4 years 7 hours ago

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.

gosharks
3 years 11 months ago

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.

3 years 11 months ago

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

jim
3 years 11 months ago

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 Missy will continue to improve at a pace much faster than the other girls in the conversation. Going 52 out of high school as a Junior no less…let’s not forget she has her senior year to make improvements. Can she, will she go 51 or 50 point? Will she be the first girl in high school to break 1:40 in the 200 free?? That’s food for thought.

Fred
4 years 7 hours ago

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

Marley09
4 years 7 hours ago

Someone needs to mention that the Map/headline up on top is hilarious.

Josh
4 years 7 hours ago

I always had her pegged as a Stanford girl, but with no coach announced yet, it’s not likely that will happen. I do think she will surprise people who think she’s a lock for Cal and sign with either Georgia, or become the catalyst for the rebirth of the Texas women’s program under Capitani.

peachcobbler
3 years 11 months ago
WHOKNOWS
4 years 6 hours ago

Betcha she goes pro

Anonymous
4 years 6 hours ago

It would be stupid if she goes pro at this point because of all the money she has already turned down.

jim
3 years 11 months ago

That comment makes very little sense as she has at least 8 years of endorsements heading her way if she started today. Michael Phelps didn’t get his first speedo endorsement in 2008, he got it in 2000 in Athens….They sign them early due to the competition between Speedo, Arena, TYR, etc.

Minka
3 years 11 months ago

2000 at Athens? Uh, 2000 was Sydney, 2004 Athens.

Suzzie2012
4 years 4 hours ago

Why is no one giving USC a chance? Coach with the most Olympians, great team, fantastic school. Over the last 3 years, at least 5 girls left the team every year, some of them top recruits.. That has not happened in Georgia or USC. Additionally, Missy will have very good training partners at USC in a much healthier environment. There are at least 5 girls at Cal aspiring to be world record holders in 100 back long/ short course. When did that work?????

John Sampson
4 years 3 hours ago

Agree that people are overlooking USC. I would actually peg that 2nd behind Georgia. Cal has too many backstrokers which by the looks of the Olympics is the direction Missy is leaning towards. USC would be fantastic with the addition of Franklin

swim fan
4 years 2 hours ago

I could be wrong, but I don’t think Cal’s gluttony of backstrokers will deter Missy. She will most probably swim only one year before turning pro (gives her 2 years to focus for the next olympics) and AT MOST two years. And she’s versatile enough to swim the free and IM if needed and still probably do relatively well. Hence, having great competition during practice will only help–especially going into Rio. What’s most important will probably be the training environment–the coaches, teammates, facilities–as well as academics (which is where stanford could possibly be a dark horse). But Missy loves working with Teri and has a ton of friends at Cal…still a near lock.

Calfan
3 years 11 months ago

Swim Fan – You make a lot of sense when looking at the total package of a school. I don’t know the dynamics amongst the female swimmers but that comfort level will probably be one of the deciding factors in her decision making. With Pelton and Bootsma already on the team, plus Teri, Missy has a ton of familiar faces at her disposal in Berkeley.
Georgia will make a tough push and I’m sure Kara Lynn Joyce, her roommate in London, encouraged her heavily to give Jack’s squad a chance – but when you take into account the academic reputation, diversity of classes, swimming culture/community and overall atmosphere at Cal – i’m obviously biased but it’s tough to pass up.
Whatever choice Missy decides on (even if it’s Stanford 🙂 her future is as bright if not brighter than Natalie’s and her success is going to continue to grow,
We all kniw that Missy is going to be fine wherever she is and a solid degree and challenging major will benefit her tremendously in the future. Best of luck in her search.

duckduckgoose
3 years 11 months ago

Think Missy swims for 2 years, goes pro, and completes her degree while training with her college team. That would allow her to cash in before the 2015 worlds and the 2016 Olympics.

Bay Area geography: East Bay=Berkeley, North Bay=Tiburon (Marin County, across the Golden Gate Bridge from The City), South Bay=San Jose/Silicon Valley. The world’s largest Taco Bell (where Greg Meehan will be working) is located on the Peninsula or in the South Bay.

gosharks
3 years 11 months ago

“There are at least 5 girls at Cal aspiring to be world record holders in 100 back long/ short course. When did that work?????”

Where has that previously happened?

Fred
3 years 11 months ago

What team are you talking about where at least 5 girls left the team every year?

Texas?

Stanford?

Cal?

Skimmer
4 years 2 hours ago

Missy, If you’re reading this, get your application into Stanford. Its not too late. Stanford has everything you could want in a college, now including a coach who knows how they get it done across the Bay.

Nick
3 years 11 months ago

Yes, Stanford just announced a new women’s swim coach! Greg Meehan will do wonder for the Stanford program.

DutchWomen
3 years 11 months ago

Why is Georgia on the list? Can anyone make a valid argument as to why? So she can swim the 200 freestyle LCM? How about Teri’s backstroke success? How about the Cal weight program? Elite post-grad group of pros?

duckduckgoose
3 years 11 months ago

One of Missy’s Colorado Stars friends (Jordan Mattern) swims at Georgia and Kara Lynn Joyce trained with Missy in CO for a time pre-olympics. Great tradition, excellent coach, but no post-grad training group and so-so academically. Can see Missy at Cal, USC, or Stanford (in that order) because of prior relationships (club, national team, olympics), excellent coaching, superior academics, and reasonably close to home (physically and culturally).

Muir Coombs
3 years 11 months ago

Superior academics at SC?? Maybe a well endowed athletic program though would she feel safe at that campus. And sorry, but regardless of what the USNWP says, SC has a long way to get to “superior” academics. Sorry, but gotta call that one out.

Coach
3 years 11 months ago

It goes without saying that Allison Schmidt leaving Georgia the year before the Olympics speaks volumes. She was already a world class athlete, but she reached a new stratosphere this year, and it wasn’t with the Georgia training. Between Georgia, USC, and Cal, Georgia clearly underperformed at Trials. Looking at momentum on the international scene, USC and Cal have separated themselves from Georgia.

anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t have insider knowledge…just a huge fan of swimming…but I think it’s a little harsh to say that about Georgia/Jack Baurle’s program. Clearly there’s a reason why so many great recruits CHOOSE to go to Georgia. In fact, many of Bob Bowman’s best (Allison, Chase have specifically chosen Jack’s program because of its similarities to Bob’s). If you find the Georgia press conference with Allison, Shannon, and Jack, you’ll know that Allison chose to take the year off so that she could focus primarily on long course. In addition, she wouldn’t have to worry about tapering for ncaa’s etc. Also, without the worry of classes and exams (students on athletic scholarships are required to have a full courseload, I believe), she was able to attend numerous training camps with Bob’s post-grad group.

And how has Georgia underperformed? Shannon Vreeland swam in the olympic finals relay and has improved immensely since arriving at georgia. It’s different for different people…but Jack’s program is still among the best in the nation.

Nancy Drew
3 years 11 months ago

I agree with Anonymous. Jack has an exemplary program that has repeatedly produced excellent swimmers. I know that Cal has loyal fans, but that should not be a reason to tear down another fine program. Jack, Harvey and Brian just recruited an incredible class of young men. Can’t wait for the SEC championship. Best of luck to Missy and all the other recruits as they try to see where the best place is for them to train. Big decisions.

happy
3 years 11 months ago

You are right….Jack’s program is the best and remains the best and it is beautiful there….since Missy is a homegirl..Georgia would be great for her!!!!!

3 years 11 months ago

As for college swimming, it ultimately depends on what the team needs. She seems like the kind of kid who will swim where ever they need her. If they want 1 individual event per day for her, she could fill into the 200IM, possibly 50 free on day 1 (heck, given her ability to pull back to back races, a 500 is not out of the question). 200 free on day two and 200 back on day three and any of the relays. With the BK depth early on, she won’t need to do the 200free/100bk double.

Looking forward to see where she ends up and how long she actually swims in college. I could see the lure of 6 to 7 figures in 2015 being hard to pass up, but if that doesn’t matter to her, she has been training in a way where I don’t see staying at college will be a big factor.

aswimfan
3 years 11 months ago

I keep repeating myself, but she should have gone pro.

Anonymous
3 years 11 months ago

You are very right I have been thinking the same thing because she could have made so much money by now.

liquidassets
3 years 11 months ago

I’m hoping that it’s Cal or USC as I’m fans of both; I actually like Cal a bit more even though I moved from the Bay Area and now live in L.A. I’ve read that for whatever reason, she never even considered Stanford, even before Lea Maurer quit. Given her personality it looks like she’ll make her decision based on her personal chemistry with the coach and the camaraderie between other girls on the teams, which I know nothing about. McKeever has the advantage at this point, having coached her through a very successful Olympics.

DAWGFAN
3 years 11 months ago

Dutchwoman….I’ll take on your question. We know Cal can swim backstroke, but Georgia owns freestyle. Missy wants to become a better 400 IM swimmer, check to UGA. Missy has friends from Colorado and National team members on both teams, draw on that point. Athens is a great college town, while Berkeley is “different”. Check to UGA on that one. Training facilities (including state of the art weight training) and pool are far superior to Cal, check UGA. Missy is a big fan of a team environment, Cal’s men and women don’t train together, Georgia is one coach and club team training atmosphere. Big check to Georgia. Last point is Georgia has the #6 ranked football team competing in the best conference, the SEC, big check to Georgia. Bottom line is Cal, Georgia, USC and Texas are all great schools. I can make an argument for all four schools making sense for her. Hopefully you feel I answered why Georgia is on the list!

liquidassets
3 years 11 months ago

I didn’t know Franklin wanted to be a 400IM swimmer; that’s interesting. Berkeley may be different, but in a good way for college students; it’s a great college town too. Both schools are good academically, though Berkeley probably has the edge there being one of the tops i the country. Why do you think USC doesn’t have as much of a shot?

DutchWomen
3 years 11 months ago

Why would Missy want to become a 400 IMer? Is this inside information? If that is the case go train with Salo. I see her as a backstroker primarily wiht freestyle second. Is that wrong? Is that still not the plan? If so, I think what Teri has done at Cal in backstroke has to be high on the list. Georgia great for 200 free, Cal great for 100/200 back and 100 free. Facilities – Don’t agree with that one. 50 meters is 50 meters, and as long as a weight room has racks and bands and so forth you have all you need. I don’t care how new a weight room is, tell me about what actually happens in there and when looking at program design no one is better than Cal. Your other points are eh, so so, one could make an argument that even though the men and women at Cal don’t train together they’re friends outside of the pool. And another poster brought up a good point, how much longer will Jack be around?

I’ll give you football, and I’ll also give you Athens as a better college town. And to everyone else, I think what this poster meant as different is the extreme leftist nature of almost everyone at Cal. Missy goes to a faith-based high school does she not? Wouldn’t fly in the Bay Area but would fit right in “down home” in Georgia. For an example of the garbage coming out of Cal, look no further than Judith Butler. I happened to page through “Undoing Gender” the other day and was horrified of what the left is teaching our college students. One of the chapters was about incest and contained an outright admission from Butler that incest when consensual is basically “OK” and that it should not be seen as “radical.” These are the people that want to remake the definition of the American family, and if Butler had her way it would not be seen as taboo to have a consensual, sexual, intimate relationship with family members (mom/son, dad/daughter, brother/sister). If you don’t believe me read the book….these are the people advocating for three bathrooms – male, female, and the third for people who can’t seem to make up their mind that day. Unreal.

duckduckgoose
3 years 11 months ago

Nice broad brush about Berkeley. Butler’s an idiot. Caitlin Leverenz is captain of the women’s team and leads a weekly Bible study for several swimmers, including Missy’s Stars’ teammate Caroline Piehl. Seth Stubblefield isn’t exactly a commie pagan worshipper either.

DutchWomen
3 years 11 months ago

I feel better that you say Butler is an idiot. I am sure there are many bible studies on the Berkeley campus. I personally don’t care about the bible studies, but do care about the Butler’s perceived mission to demonize not gender roles, but ACTUAL GENDER. Gender roles have changed – I have no problem with women working and being breadwinners – who wouldn’t want equality in the workplace? I DO have a huge problem with denouncing gender as is. Say what you want but Cal’s reputation is out there – no offense but it is the few that often ruin it for the many – I would hope most people at CAL think Butler is an idiot….But tell me about the tree people that slept up there to protest your beautiful new football stadium expansion? Are they still up in the trees or were they finally removed?

DutchWomen
3 years 11 months ago

ALSO keep in mind in my original post I recommended CAL over Georgia for what it’s worth. Better training for her events, better weight program, better coach, etc…Only thing Georgia has over CAL is that nostalgic small town college campus feel and better football/football atmosphere, even with CAL’s beautiful renovation.

beachmouse
3 years 11 months ago

Missy Franklin goes to a Jesuit high school, and the Jesuits have historically been an order known for rigorous independent thought and being very annoying to the papal hierarchy in Rome. Cal makes a lot more sense for a student coming out of a Jesuit system than a region far more populated by fundamentalist bible thumpers who will sometimes leave Jack Chick tracts in the bathroom.

liquidassets
3 years 11 months ago

Wow this changes my mind; I totally think Franklin should stay away from Cal! She will either end up completely brainwashed by Leverenz’s bible study group, or she’ll end up dressing alone in the 3rd gender locker room because she got confused by taking too many gender studies courses. Luckily she’s got us at SwimSwam to steer her clear of there. Coughlin and Adrian were lucky to get out of there without major psychological damage.

duckduckgoose
3 years 11 months ago

Cal’s two most famous women swimmers, Mary T Meagher and Natalie Coughlin, went to all girl Catholic high schools, just like Missy. Mary T was the only member of her family who didn’t attend Notre Dame.

Contrary to the easy stereotype, Cal’d student body represents all elements of the religious and political spectrum. That’s a huge part of the Cal experience. The constant cacophony of competiting perspectives homes critical thinking skills and builds convictions. What else do you want in higher education?

Nancy Drew
3 years 11 months ago

Missy is NOT taking a visit to USC. She is taking a visit to Texas.

liquidassets
3 years 11 months ago

Well if so, TX would win the “closest to home” contest…. probably not a small factor for her.

Nancy Drew
3 years 11 months ago

In addition to that, her boyfriend is a freshman swimming for Texas this year.

PsychoDad
3 years 11 months ago

Missy’s Stars come to the age group meet at the Texas Swim Center every January. She feels “at home” in Austin.

SwimMama
3 years 11 months ago

Missy’s been coming to age group meets at Texas for at least the past 5 years. I’ve watched her move up the psych sheet… come to Texas!!

coacherik
3 years 11 months ago

Can’t think of a worse reason to pick a school.

OldBear
3 years 11 months ago

“Athens is a great college town, while Berkeley is “different”. Check to UGA on that one.” When you mean different..do you mean Berkeley is different because it is the #1 public University and there has been 70 Nobel prize winners that were affiliated with UC Berkeley! With Missy and Family high emphasize on education..I think the check goes to CAL.

liquidassets
3 years 11 months ago

Yeah, actually Berkeley is among the top academically including both public and private. I know Franklin is an excellent student, but now that I hear she’s considering Texas, I’m thinking that elite level academics may not be as much of a priority for her as I thought. Then again, now that I heard her boyfriend is going to TX that might trump everything! 😉

OldBear
3 years 11 months ago

I can also dig at Dawgfan’s remark on “Training facilities (including state of the art weight training) and pool are far superior to Cal, check UGA. Missy is a big fan of a team environment, Cal’s men and women don’t train together, Georgia is one coach and club team training atmosphere. Big check to Georgia.”

Training facilities was so fantastic that Allison Schmidt had to train all the way in Baltimore during her Olympic year! A bigger check mark goes to CAL to provide Missy’s a top post collegiate training environment when she trains for 2016!

Swimming
3 years 11 months ago

Allison Schmitt wanted to train with Bob Bowman. That is why she red-shirtedher senior year at Georgia and came to Baltimore… She made a right choice and did well in the Olympics.

Missy will go to Cal, most likely!

duckduckgoose
3 years 11 months ago

Lots of misinformation about Cal and Berkeley here-surprised nobody’s placed Oski on the grassy knoll YET. Missy will potentially swim in 3 more Olympics-that’s another 12 years of training. She’s been with Todd since she was 10 years old, and she and her parents have been pretty clear that she’ll go away to school to train with a new coach. Cal and USC have proven track records in training post-collegiate pros and Teri and Salo aren’t going anyhere. Schmidt and Joyce didn’t train in Athens for the Olympics and Jack isn’t going to be coaching for another 12 years. Missy’s been iffy on Stanford and Texas because she wants stability and predictability in where she’ll train for the next few Olympics,

DutchWomen
3 years 11 months ago

See my post above about Judith Butler. Different meaning radical left. Different meaning wanting to remake the definition of the American family. Different meaning transforming gender outright and questioning the need for gender in the first place. Different meaning a lax stance on incest, perhaps its not so bad? The far left is saying.

OldBear
3 years 11 months ago

Actually i knew what Dawgfan was alluding to but just wanted to change the direction to some other positives on CAL. Sure Cal has a broad spectrum of ideology from the far left to the far right! Yes there are some conservative groups even in Berkeley. That’s the beauty of the College to offer lots of diversity but ultimately the intent of the college is to educate the students ..to develop the minds of the kids to make them forward thinking members of our society…and I think they have been very successful. As the recently graduated Sara Isakovic stated in her Bio..””Berkeley is not only famous in Europe, but all over the world. I am attending the best public university in the world. Having an education was my first priority, and it is an honor “.

Note I’m not trying to sell the University…cause it does a good job selling itself!

CalBearFan
3 years 11 months ago

I am pretty sure that Missy is going to use these comments when making her decision.

liquidassets
3 years 11 months ago

lol! absolutely. I’m sure she’s on SwimSwam all the time 😉

OldBear
3 years 11 months ago

There are 5 people posted on the instagram picture by Cal recruit Leah Smith –

Leah Smith, Missy Franklin, Celina Li, Kristen Vredeveld. Any idea of the 5th person or is a current Bear acting as host?

Jerry
3 years 11 months ago

Linnea Mack

Nancy Drew
3 years 11 months ago

Has anyone heard where Missy is going this weekend? I am betting on UGA. I hope she will have fun.

Fan
3 years 11 months ago

Georgia offers alot. Here long time friend from her team in colorado stars jordan mattern, Kara lynn joyce will help I am sure and schmitty and vreland swam with her on the 800 free relay. Along with a big plus I feel the team. Its ONE team mens and womens. Practices are together meets are together and one head coach for the team. It is a great thing, I always enjoyed swimming with male and female swimmers it gave a better since of a team I feel.

Josh
3 years 11 months ago

According to this article, USC is now the ‘maybe’ visit while Texas and Georgia are for sure visits, and those are supposed to happen in October.
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/story/2012/09/10/missy-franklin-dives-back-in-after-whirlwind-tour/57731000/1

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