Missy Franklin Sets 400 Free Lifetime Best At Plantation Sectionals

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By Cathleen Pruden, Swimming World College Intern

Missy Franklin has been swimming a bit of a different line up this weekend at the Plantation sectionals. Thursday night the Colorado Star swam a plethora of relays, including a breaststroke leg. Tonight, she finished in a lifetime best of 4:12.33 in the 400 freestyle, just under her 4:12.56 from 2013. Makos Aquatics’ Alena Kraus and Swim Florida’s Kendall Brent tied for second in 4:20.48.

Stanford commit Erin Voss won the 100 backstroke by nearly a second in a 1:02.26. She was followed by Mexican Olympian Fernanda Gonzalez, representing the Colorado Stars, in 1:03.19. Gator Swim Club’s Caitlin Brooks placed third in 1:03.91.

Martin County’s Kevin Lindgren out touched Blue Dolfins’ Zachary Poti 58.10 to 58.18 to claim the men’s 100 backstroke. Luca Dioli snagged bronze in 59.11.

Alia Atkinson was not quite as dominant in tonight’s 50 breaststroke, but was still first to the wall in a 31.45. Her South Florida teammate Monica Alvarez finished third in 33.33. Second went to Danielle Keymont of Central Brevard in 32.58.

Michael Andrew avenged his loss in last night’s 100, edging Richard Funk for the 50 breaststroke title tonight. The two finished in 28.13 and 28.37. Azura’s Nicolo’ Ossola touched third in 29.03.

Pine Crest’s Penny Oleksiak got her second win in as many nights, just beating Olympian Claire Donahue in the 50 butterfly. The 15 year old posted a 26.59, ahead of Donahue’s 26.84. South Florida teammate Catalina Mendieta rounded out the top three in 28.12.

Isabel Ivey lead a trio of 15 year olds on the podium in the 200 IM. The Gator Swim Club swimmer stopped the clock at 2:18.36. Kathleen Golding of South Florida finished in 2:19.85. North Palm Beach’s Alessandra Baldari was back in third in a 2:23.23.

In the men’s 200 IM, unattached Quinn Cassidy won a close one over Swim Atlanta’s Alex Taylor 2:06.02 to 2:06.15. John Fulginiti of the Blue Dolphins finished third in 2:08.74.

A trio of Canadian National Teamers comprised the women’s 50 freestyle podium, finishing less than a tenth apart. Pine Crest teammates Chantal Van LandeghemSandrine Mainville, and Michelle Williams finished in 25.34, 25.39, and 25.41 for first through third.

Though he added time from the morning, Swim Atlanta’s Karl Krug was still solidly ahead in the men’s 50 freestyle, touching in 22.81. Second went to Daytona Beach’s Viktor Toth in 23.52. Andrew was right behind in 23.56, good for third.

Marcelo Acosta took another distance title, winning the 400 freestyle for Azura in a 3:56.20. His teammate Franco Lupoli also cracked four minutes with a third place time of 3:59.21. Gator Swim Club’s Eric Geunes was second in 3:57.63.

In the women’s 400 medley relay South Florida’s squad of Carolina Colorado, Atkinson, Donahue, and Golding was first to the wall in a time of 4:11.77. Second went to Caitlin Brooks, Ivey, Talia Bates, and Kirschtine Balbuena for Gator Swim Club with a 4:18.30. The Colorado Stars placed third in 4:19.64 thanks to the team of Abigail Gonzales, Franklin, Taylor Dirks, and Tang Yi.

Azura claimed the men’s 400 medley relay in a time of 3:56.17 with a team of Fernando AlatorreMarco GuarenteMarcos Lavado, and Acosta. Second went to Blue Dolfins’ Poti, Benjamin Whitty, Fulginiti, and Reilly Maguire  in 3:59.54. Thomas KondeAustin PhillipsBlake Wilton, and Kent Olsen-Stavrakas ,rounded out the podium with a 4:00.11 for the Colorado Stars.

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Bill Bell
Bill Bell
8 years ago

Look out, Katie, herd cones Missy!

Four twelve unshaved, untapered, unrested and wearing TWO drag9suits, pull buoys and floats in in early March equates to at least a 3:55-plus Trials in Juky — especially when she ditches the floats ( but not the 509-pound weights on her wrists/ankles).

Kyle Cowan
8 years ago


Justin H F Hurley
8 years ago

welldone missy

Tracy Sutphen Doubrava


John Razi
8 years ago

Stay with it. Extra..extraordinarily tough competition. You..your coach..your team..Way to BE. – jme

Gaby Quiroz
8 years ago

Jajajaj por favor no lo traduzcan!!

LaDonna Pillsbury Delgado

Amazing race! So great to have witnessed such an athlete. And she is such a sweetheart! My daughter was honored to have swum with Missy this weekend 🙂

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