USA Swimming Winter Nationals: Missy Franklin Shows Closing Speed Again, This Time Wins 100 Back

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ATLANTA, Georgia, December 2. AFTER coming up just short of chasing down Camille Muffat in the 200 free earlier in the evening, Colorado Star Missy Franklin surfaced from a stocked championship finale in the 100 back to win at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals.

Franklin used another final 15-meter surge to carry the victory with a 1:00.10. Her fastest time this year is a fifth-ranked 59.18 from Summer Nationals. Olivia Smoliga posted a second place time of 1:00.53 to move to 23rd in the world rankings in a bit of an upset of some more highly-ranked swimmers. Elizabeth Pelton snared third in 1:00.55, while Noriko Inada took fourth in 1:00.74.

Sinead Russell (1:00.82), Kathleen Hersey (1:01.70), Julia Wilkinson (1:01.82), Maggie Meyer (1:02.15), Fabiola Molina (1:02.54) and Laure Manaudou (1:03.14) also vied for the title.

Hilary Caldwell touched first in the B final with a 1:02.11, while Madison White finished second in 1:02.12. Jillian Vitarius (1:02.72), Therese Svendsen (1:02.85), Yulduz Kuchkarova (1:03.00), Kylie Stewart (1:03.09), Eszter Povazsay (1:03.12), Ally Howe (1:03.25), Heidi Hatteberg (1:03.36) and Ann Fittin (1:03.88) placed third through 10th in the consolation heat.

Lauren Lavigna snared the C final win in 1:02.41, while Kendyl Stewart placed second in 1:02.86. Hannah Ross (1:03.36), Isabella Arcilla (1:03.50), Anika Apostalon (1:03.68), Madison Hahn (1:03.78), Chatham Penrod (1:03.79), Sidney Cooke (1:03.80), Kate Fesenko (1:03.82) and Breann Fuller (1:04.10) also swam in the bonus heat.