Missy Franklin Returns at Mare Nostrum: 6th in 200 Back, 9th in 200 Free

Missy Franklin. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

By Dan D’Addona.

The 2018 Mare Nostrum Series began Saturday in Canet-en-Roussillon, France, with plenty of big international names in the water.

Missy Franklin made her return to the pool in the 200 free and finished ninth during prelims with a time of 2:00.51. She won the B final in a much-faster 1:58.91, a time that would have finished fifth in the A final.

Franklin then made the 200 back final and finished sixth in 2:13.14.

Canada’s Taylor Ruck won the 200 back in 2:08.80, followed by Russia’s Daria Ustinova (2:09.95), Britain’s Chloe Golding (2:11.41), Germany’s Jenny Mensing (2:11.54) and Lisa Graf (2:21.69). Franklin was sixth, followed by Spain’s Cristina Garcia Kirichenko (2:13.78) and China’s Si Luo (2:14.25).

It was her first competition back since the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has since had surgery on both shoulders and switched her training home to Georgia.

In her last major event, the Rio Olympics, Franklin won gold as a prelims member of the 800 free relay and didn’t medal in her individual events.

She has recently opened up about her battle with depression after Rio and the toll being at the top of the sport took on her following her four gold medals in London, competing for Cal and going pro in preparation for Rio.

Mare Nostrum is her first competition since moving from Cal to Georgia to train with Jack Bauerle.

Franklin, who recently turned 23, is continuing to pursue her degree in psychology at Georgia, and she is three semesters away from graduating. This meet is preparation with the focus on this summer’s U.S. Nationals in Irvine, Calif.

7 Comments

7 comments

  1. Jeannine Healy

    Way to go Missy it’s so exciting to have you back in the water competing.

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    dunc1952

    Hopefully Missy is encouraged by her first step back.

    it is worthwhile to compare her times/placement in Europe to the Santa Clara meet as, many of the folks she will need to compete with for spots on any 2018 or 2019 U.S. National teams are competing in California..

    200 Back; 2:13.14 would have been 9th (last in A final) at Santa Clara;
    200 Free: 1:58.91, from B-final at Mare Nostrom, would have been 4th at Santa Clara; her 2:00.51 prelim swim would have slipped into the last qualifying spot for the Santa Clara A-Final.

  3. avatar
    Sarah Ehrmantraut

    So great to see Missy back in the pool!

  4. avatar
    Michael Maloney

    did any of you actually watch the races……she looked sad and defeated behind the blocks before the races started….and she has 6 weeks left to get to be top two in the usa in her ind events and needs to be top 4 to make a relay…..hiding in Europe so she doesn’t have to deal with the crushing press..is NOT the answer…I pray she makes it back but NOT looking good

    • avatar
      kate

      my thoughts exactly

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Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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