INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 29. MISSY Franklin and Elizabeth Pelton talk about racing the 100 backstroke at the USA Swimming nationals. The pair also talk about the incredible backstroke talent being fostered at California.
Women's 100 Back Recap: Missy Franklin threw down a U.S. Open and meet record in the women's 100-meter backstroke to close out her 2013 U.S. Nationals campaign.
Franklin came home in a sizzling time of 29.75 to salt away the U.S. Open and meet record with a world-best time of 58.67 in a heat that featured a remarkable four swimmers under 1:00. Her performance bettered her 2012 U.S. Open record of 58.85, and demolished the previous world best of 58.84 clocked by Aya Terakawa at the Japanese Nationals.
The swim sends Franklin off to focus on the Barcelona World Championship with her fourth title of the meet, as she has elected to scratch the women's 200-meter IM tomorrow.
California's Elizabeth Pelton is making sub-1:00 a habit after taking a few years to get back to the rarified air of that time. She matched her preliminary lifetime best of 59.27 with the same clocking this evening. That time kept her fourth in the world behind only Franklin, Terakawa and Emily Seebohm (59.17).