Courtesy of: JD Lasica
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 25. COLORADO Stars Missy Franklin talks about winning the 100 freestyle at the 2013 USA Swimming nationals. She's most excited about the depth shown from her female teammates in the event, and can't wait to see what the 400 freestyle relay can do at World Championships.
Women's 100 free recap: Franklin posted the first meet record of the competition with a win in the women's 100-meter free at the U.S. Nationals and World Championship Trials.
Franklin checked in with a scintillating time of 53.43. That swim is faster than her sterling time of 53.52 from last year's Olympic Games, when she became one of the greatest of all time in just one meet. The time cleared Amanda Weir's meet record of 53.58 from back in 2006, and shot Franklin to second in the world this year. She only trails Cate Campbell, who dropped a blazing 52.83 at the Aussie Nationals earlier this year. Franklin nearly tracked down Campbell's U.S. Open record of 53.30 set back in 2008 in the process.
Athens Bulldogs' Shannon Vreeland ripped off a 53.83 to finish second, and also cleared the FINA A cut in the process. That swim vaulted her to a sixth-ranked tie with Ranomi Kromowidjojo of The Netherlands, and pushed Vreeland past the 54-second barrier. Her best time was from prelims when she threw down a 54.24.
First Colony's Simone Manuel, 16, raced to third with a time of 53.86, just off Franklin's 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record of 53.63 from 2011. The swim jumped Manuel to eighth in the world and in line for a relay spot on Team USA. It also blasted Manuel's lifetime best of 54.60 from the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships