NCAA Division I Women’s Championships: Missy Franklin Moves to 3rd All Time in 200 IM

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California’s Missy Franklin, who will turn professional Saturday night upon completion of the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships, claimed her second NCAA title of the night.

Following a splendid split to help Cal to the 200 free relay win, Franklin turned in a lifetime best 1:52.11 to win the women’s 200-yard IM this evening.

That time beat her previous best of 1:52.99 from December 2014, and moved her from seventh all time to third in the event’s history.

All Time 200 IM

Rank Name Time
1 Caitlin Leverenz 1:51.77
2 Katinka Hosszu 1:51.80
3 Missy Franklin 1:52.11
4 Julia Smit 1:52.31
5 Maya DiRado 1:52.50

Missy Franklin, California

On what the meet means to her
It means so much to me. If someone would’ve told me coming into college swimming that I would’ve won the 200 IM at NCAAs, I probably would’ve laughed. It’s just really cool thinking about all the training that I’ve done and being able to do an event kind of out of my specialty and be able to win it, especially with Liz (Pelton) getting second.

On two other Cal swimmers in the A final and the team race
Georgia swam lights out this morning so I think that really got us motivated. I think we’ve had some really awesome swims tonight, but I think the most important thing is that we stay focused on us. We’re the only people that we can control and as a team we’re going to try keep lifting each other up and see what we can do to reach our own goals.

Franklin is just the second Golden Bear to ever win the 200 IM. Leverenz went back-to-back in 2012 and 2013:

2012 Caitlin Leverenz, California, 1:51.77
2013 Caitlin Leverenz, California 1:53.39

Elizabeth Pelton gave the Golden Bears a 1-2 finish with a 1:52.80, which bettered her sixth-ranked lifetime best of 1:52.93.  The time is the 11th-fastest all time.

Texas’ Madisyn Cox hit the wall third with a 1:54.43 to round out the top three.

California jumped into the lead, 115-112, ahead of Georgia following the event.

  1 Franklin, Missy  SO California-PC     1:53.62    1:52.11PD1-A    20  
    r:+0.78  24.89        51.98 (27.09)
        1:25.57 (33.59)     1:52.11 (26.54)
  2 Pelton, Elizabe  JR California-PC     1:54.08    1:52.80PD1-A    17  
    r:+0.86  24.89        52.67 (27.78)
        1:26.48 (33.81)     1:52.80 (26.32)
  3 Cox, Madisyn     SO Texas-ST          1:54.88    1:54.43 D1-A    16  
    r:+0.70  25.67        54.74 (29.07)
        1:27.48 (32.74)     1:54.43 (26.95)
  1. California                        115   2. Georgia                           112
  3. Texas A&M                          59   4. Virginia                           42
  5. Wisconsin                          35   6. Stanford                           34
  6. Louisville                         34   8. Auburn                             26
  9. Texas                              24   9. NC State                           24
 11. Southern California                21  12. Tennessee                          18
 13. Notre Dame                         15  14. Florida                            14
 14. Arizona                            14  16. Penn State                         10
 16. UNC                                10  18. Iowa                                4
 19. Indiana                             3  19. Michigan                            3
 21. San Diego State                     2  22. Ohio State                          1

2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving, Live Results – Results

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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