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    Missy & the NCAAs in the news - USA Today


    Missy Franklin a star attraction at NCAA meet
    By Kelly Whiteside, USA TODAY Sports 9:14 p.m. EDT March 18, 2014

    (Photo: Ben Margot AP)

    Want to see the best female swimmers in the world? No need to save up for Rio de Janeiro, where the 2016 Summer Games will be held, or Montreal for this year's world championships. To see the best in the world, Minneapolis is where it's at. The city will host the NCAA championships beginning Thursday.

    "In a lot of ways, it's deeper and more competitive than a world championship or an Olympics, because it's not based on countries. It's just based on best times," said California coach Teri McKeever, also the U.S. women's coach in the 2012 Olympics. The top programs feature the top Americans as well as elite swimmers from all over the world.

    Still, the main attraction is Cal freshman Missy Franklin, who makes her NCAA championship debut for the top-ranked Bears. The four-time Olympic champion has plenty of elite company, such as Cal teammates Liz Pelton and Rachel Bootsma and U.S. teammates Elizabeth Beisel at Florida and Breeja Larson and Cammile Adams at Texas A&M.

    Franklin will not race her usual 100 and 200 backstroke events. Instead she'll swim the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle because that's where her team needs her. "Every coach would be envious of a Missy Franklin, who can swim multiple events and be successful," McKeever said.

    McKeever likens managing her roster to a chess match. "If you have someone like Missy who's a queen or a king, you can move her around. And you have pawns, which can only do one or two things. Every coach is looking at how they're going to maximize their point total," she said.

    Since the Bears are deep in backstroke, neither Franklin nor Pelton, who was fourth in worlds in the 100 backstroke, is entered.

    Not surprisingly, Franklin has embraced the challenge with a smile. "It's been really, really fun being able to focus on freestyle, swimming all distances of it. Being a sprinter, being a distance swimmer," she said. "I'm really excited to see how they transfer over into long course," she added, referring to 50-meter pools used for the Olympics instead of the 25-yard pools in college.

    After a year at Cal, the best swimmer in the world got even better with increased versatility. "Missy hopes to swim at a world-class level perhaps for another decade. If she swims the 100, 200 back, that's going to get a little stale," McKeever said. "Swimming is swimming. I think you can learn a lot in what I call your non-ego events. The events you're not as comfortable with or that you're challenged in new ways."

    After winning five Olympic medals in the 2012 Games at 17 with McKeever, Franklin decided not to turn pro because she loved the team dynamic at Cal.

    Last summer, Franklin followed her breakout in London by winning six gold medals in the 2013 world championships. Next on her list: a national title for the Bears, who finished second behind Georgia last year.

    "The whole process has just been amazing," Franklin said of her season. She will compete next year as well before turning pro before the 2016 Olympics. "It seriously feels like yesterday like I was moving into the dorms. ... It's just been so much fun."

    Contributing: Roxanna Scott


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    More Missy in the news - SF Chronicle


    Olympian Missy Franklin finds happy days with Cal swimmers

    John Crumpacker
    Updated 11:42 pm, Saturday, March 15, 2014

    Missy Franklin excels in the backstroke (above) and freestyle events, and plans to turn pro after the spring season in 2015. Photo: Michael Sohn, Associated Press

    If her face does not shatter from smiling so much, Missy Franklin might end up having a pretty good college career when her time at Cal is up about a year from now.

    The female swimming star of the 2012 London Olympics – where she won four gold medals – passed up a golden opportunity to turn professional two years ago in favor of life as a college freshman at Berkeley.

    She could be driving a BMW and living in some swanky condo instead of fretting about her GPA and bunking in the dorms with roommate and fellow freshman swimmer Kristen Vredeveld.

    Yet the 18-year-old from Centennial, Colo., wouldn’t have it any other way, judging by her effervescence during a recent interview. Franklin, whose personality suggests she could well be named Sunny or Bubbles instead of Missy, is having the time of her young life on coach Teri McKeever’s third-ranked team.

    “It’s awesome,” Franklin said, smiling continuously. “Anytime I get to travel with my team, we have so much fun. We do the greatest things. We went to Hawaii over winter break. It’s the best 10 days I had in college, with 25 of my best friends.”

    After London, Franklin made a decision to swim for Cal as a freshman and sophomore, and then turn pro in the spring of 2015 to train for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She will continue to train at Cal with McKeever’s team after leaving her amateur status in the shallow end of the pool.

    So far, so good.

    “It’s going so well,” she said. “We have a really incredible team. The team aspect is totally different than anything I’ve been used to. My competition in practice was high school boys. Coming here to a program surrounded by world-class competitors, so many people have the same goals as I do. It’s an incredible environment to be a part of.”

    After winning three individual events at the Pac-12 Championships (100-, 200-, 500-yard freestyles, short-course yards) and swimming on three winning relays to help the Bears claim the conference title about two weeks ago, Franklin and her 25 best friends are off to Minneapolis for the NCAA Championships at the University of Minnesota on Thursday through Saturday.

    “She’s one piece in the cog,” McKeever said. “Most people enjoy being around someone who sees life for its positive side. She’s doing a great job. Obviously, she’s a productive swimmer, has amazing talent. College swimming is different than international swimming for the team aspect. She’s willing to do what she can to support the team in practice or a swim event.”

    Franklin will compete in seven events over three days encompassing three individual events and four relays. The Cal women won NCAA team championships in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

    “There will be a handful of women we’ll rely on to do that,” McKeever said. “Freestyle and backstroke is where she’s going to help us.”

    As a student, Franklin is taking classes in psychology, public health and nutritional science. She made it a point of emphasis to say she will remain in school and get her degree after her time on the swim team ends following the 2015 NCAA Championships.

    “I’m 110 percent committed to getting my degree here, which is very, very important to me,” Franklin said. “My parents talked a lot about it after 2012 when I decided to stay amateur. I absolutely will finish out my degree here and train with the team.”

    Franklin’s gold medals at London came in the 200-meter backstroke (a world-record 2 minutes, 4.06 seconds), 100 back, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay. She also won bronze in the 400 free relay. A year later at the FINA World Championships, Franklin hauled in six gold medals.

    For her 2013 season, she was named best female athlete at the Teen Choice Awards and best female Olympic athlete at the ESPYs. She’s also one of six candidates for Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year; Franklin will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the event March 26.

    There is no doubt that the success former Cal swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Caitlyn Leverenz and Dana Vollmer had under McKeever strongly influenced Franklin’s decision to attend Cal. Having McKeever as her Olympic head coach didn’t hurt, either.

    “Teri has a way of making swimming into not swimming,” Franklin said. “Each practice is not just swimming back and forth. She makes it interactive and we have to think about it, so we’re not only physically exhausted but mentally exhausted, and then we have to go to class for 1 1/2 hours.”

    McKeever said, “She’s a very bright young lady, very engaged in learning. There’s more to her than she swims fast.”

    Her success in London made Franklin quite possibly the highest-profile incoming freshman in an Olympic sport that Cal has had.

    “I was just saying, when I think I’ve seen it all, Berkeley throws something new at me,” she said. “Berkeley is unique. You need to embrace it and love it. It’s open to so many different experiences, just being in a place that’s so accepting of different cultures.

    “I want to travel and be immersed in so many different cultures. I think that’s cool.”

    2013-14 highlights

    August: Set a women’s record with six gold medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, making her the most decorated woman at the worlds (nine career golds).

    December: Won the 200 free (meet-record 1:41.40) and 100 backstroke (51.59), and was second in the 500 free (school-record 4:34.63) and 200 back at the AT&T Winter National Championships in December.

    March: Pac-12 freestyle champion in 100 (meet-record 47.17), 200 and 500 yards (meet-record 4:35.73), and won as part of the 400-free, 800-free and 400-medley relay teams.

    Awards: Teen Choice Award for best female athlete; ESPY for best female Olympic athlete.

    John Crumpacker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: Twitter: @crumpackeroncal
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    Thank you for these wonderful posts. As only a freshman, Missy already has become one of the finest representatives of our University that we've ever had and we've been blessed with many. Go Bears!

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    "Inside The Lair: A Humble Olympian" (Video + Article)


    Inside The Lair: A Humble Olympian
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics
    Release: Wednesday 03/19/2014

    By Jonathan Okanes

    Cal Bear Blog

    BERKELEY – If there’s one thing we’ve learned so far about Missy Franklin’s experience at Cal, it’s that winning four gold medals doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ace your Psychology midterm.

    The Cal freshman and decorated Olympic swimmer is – well, just that - a freshman. And that means she has had to adjust to the rigorous academic workload at Cal just like any other student that walks on to campus for the first time. Franklin is just a little more recognizable than most of those freshmen.

    “In one of my discussions, I was talking about how nervous I was I was for this midterm, and someone else said, ‘How are you nervous for a midterm? You were in the Olympics’,” Franklin said last week as she prepared for the NCAA Championships, which begin Thursday in Minneapolis. “Once you go to the Olympics, I think people sort of think you’re invincible after that. I can still fail my midterm. I still go through all the struggles of studying and keeping up with school, just like everyone else here.”

    And it’s those struggles and challenges that Franklin sought out when she made her decision to come to Berkeley. She wanted to be as much as a normal college student as possible, whether it be as a member of Cal’s women’s swim team, in the classroom or in the campus community.

    By all accounts, she’s getting that – for better or for worse.

    “The academics, I wanted a school that was going to set me up well. It’s kicking my butt right now,” Franklin said. “I’ve always had my education as my first priority. School has been really, really difficult but I’ve loved that challenge. I love going to class every day and learning something new.”

    The coursework may be challenging Franklin, but like most things, she appears to be up to the challenge. During halftime of a recent men’s basketball game, Franklin was among a large group of student-athletes honored for producing a 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester.

    And as she paraded on to and off of the Haas Pavilion floor that night with her fellow student-athletes, there were no autograph-seekers hounding her or a sudden burst of Missy-Mania from the crowd. She was just another Cal student-athlete – just the way she wants it.

    “It’s been very normal, for sure,” Franklin said. “Something I’ve always held really close to my heart is being able to live the normal life and making sure I get all those experiences in, and I absolutely have been. Honestly, I don’t get that recognized that much at all. It’s super-occasional. I seriously have to stop myself sometimes when people come up to me and say hi. I just forget sometimes how people know me. It slips my mind sometimes because I don’t even think about it.”

    That being said, Franklin knows she is going to be the subject of extra attention – that’ll happen when you capture the heart and imagination of your country with a performance for the ages in the Olympics. Franklin strives to be happy and positive, and it’s sincere. But she still is an 18-year old freshman away from home for the first time, and admits it’s natural for there to be down times as well.

    “I put a lot of pressure on myself to always be happy and always be positive,” Franklin said. “That’s just the way I want to live my life. I think every freshman in college can attest to the fact that you’re not going to be happy all the time. I miss home so much. There are times when you have to allow yourself to say it’s OK to miss home. It’s OK to miss your family and miss your parents. There are regular stresses of your freshman year. Trying to balance being on this collegiate team with school and missing two weeks of class in a month and then coming back and trying to get on top of it again, missing friends – all that stuff.”

    A major reason why normalcy has usually been the norm during Franklin’s freshman year is the environment surrounding her on her team. Franklin and head coach Teri McKeever already had a relationship from the 2012 Summer Olympics, when McKeever served as head coach of the U.S. team. Franklin also knew some of Cal’s other swimmers that have also competed at an elite international level.

    Franklin said one of the reasons she decided to come to college rather than turning professional straight out of high school is because she wanted to be part of a college team. It appears that McKeever and associate head coach Kristen Cunnane have established the perfect team environment for Franklin.

    “I think she’s in an environment where she feels supported, comfortable and safe,” McKeever said. “Missy is obviously an incredible athlete, but she’s just really grounded. She’s very coachable. I’m really enjoying how much of a student of the sport she is. She has a passion that is contagious.”

    Franklin said she had no idea what she wanted to get her degree in when she arrived in Berkeley last August but now plans to major in Psychology with a minor in Disability Studies. She said her dream job is to one day become a Kindergarten teacher because of her love of kids.

    “She has a personal ethic that if she is going to do something, she is going to do it to the best of her ability,” McKeever said. “Whether it’s working out, studying or a Secret Santa gift – she’s willing to prioritize what’s important. I don’t think a lot of 18-year olds are willing to do that. That’s why she’s achieved the things most 18-year olds haven’t.”

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    Missy -> Laureus ceremony on 3/26

    Guess if Missy had been awarded "Swimmer of the Meet" @ NCAAs, she'd might have announced giddily to the cameras, "I'm going to Disney World!"

    Instead, she'll be hopping on a plane with her parents to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony where she's a nominee for the 2nd year running.

    Missy Franklin Will Attend Laureus World Sports Academy Awards Ceremony

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    The #LWSA14 Sportswomen Nominees... all incredible athletes, but who gets YOUR support?

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    "Why Missy Went to College"

    Great article below!

    Why She Went to College Casey Barrett

    Missy Franklin and the Meaning of NCAAs…

    She couldn’t have realized it at the time. She was rather immersed in the task at hand. Two and a half seconds back, her team a distant third, only her anchor leg to go… It was Friday night, day two of the Women’s NCAA Championships, and Missy Franklin had a hell of a lot of ground to make up in the 800 freestyle relay. The race was down to the three best teams at the meet – Georgia, Stanford, and Cal. Already in the water for Stanford was freshman Lia Neal, Missy’s fellow high school Olympic teammate back in London. In the water for the Bulldogs, sophomore stud Brittany MacLean, the girl who beat Missy head to head a night earlier in the 500 free.

    She couldn’t have realized it then, but this was a moment, perhaps the moment, that she will always return to when folks ask her why she went to college. This is what college swimming is all about, this is why Missy Franklin passed up millions for a few years of this priceless community of competition.

    What happened next was what you’d expect from the current face of American swimming. She dove in and started reeling them in. 50 yards, just a second and a half back; 100 yards, less than a second; 150 yards five one-hundredths back; and then Georgia’s MacLean dug in. She wasn’t letting Franklin by that easy. Stroke for stroke over the final lap, until Missy managed to inch by, touching the wall first for her Cal Bears by .15. Her split: an astonishing 1:40.08.

    Another golden feather in the cap for the golden girl… Did you expect anything less?

    Actually, many probably expected more from Franklin at her NCAA debut. Her individual results: gold, silver, and bronze. Three events earlier on that Friday night, she torched the field in the 200 free, crushing the NCAA and American record by almost a full second. On the first night in the 500 free, she had to settle for a hard-fought second in the 500 behind MacLean. Both swimmers eclipsed the former NCAA record, held by Allison Schmitt, though it’s worth noting that Katie Ledecky’s American record of 4:28.71, set last month, is a good four seconds faster than that NCAA mark. Tonight in the 100 free, she rounded out her freshman campaign with a third behind Arizona’s Margo Geer and Stanford’s Lia Neal.

    A fine and impressive showing, but then again, the girl collected more hardware at the Olympics. And then again, why didn’t the best backstroker on earth swim any backstroke for her team? Safe to say the 100 and 200 back were fairly sure bets for Franklin. Why wouldn’t Teri McKeever use her golden goose where she’s at her best? Well, because this is a team competition, and it’s all about the points. Cal was already stacked with backstrokers; the Bears needed her skills more in the freestyles. That’s value and versatility – when you can pass on your two best events, and still be a touch away from winning your fourth or fifth or even sixth best events, because that’s where your team needs you.

    Missy’s first NCAAs didn’t end the way she’d envisioned when she first signed at Cal last year, when she glowed and gushed about being a part of a college team and leading the Golden Bears to another team title. This year they were no match for the all-around depth and excellence of Georgia. A crushing DQ in the 200 medley relay didn’t help Cal’s chances, but even without it, Georgia was in a class of its own this year. However, it’s a safe bet that McKeever’s girls did not expect their cross-bay Cardinal rivals to sweep past them the way they did. The Stanford women swam over their heads at this year’s meet. Caps off to second year coach Greg Meehan and his crew for four relay victories and a surprising second place finish. Cal swam away with what must be a bittersweet third in the team race.

    She didn’t think it would be easy, did she? Of course not. At 19, she’s as seasoned an elite competitor as any teenager you’ll find, in any sport. Yet, everything has always seemed to turn out, well, just about perfect for Missy Franklin. The Olympics, the World Championships, the almost sickeningly well-adjusted home life… Stumbles from the script, that stuff happens to other swimmers. Don’t you think she must be just slightly surprised right now?

    And that too is why she went to college. To go through challenges not as a lone figure on the blocks wearing stars and stripes, but to embrace the collective challenge as a teammate, as a student-athlete.

    Missy Franklin has had greater triumphs than a come-from-behind relay victory at NCAAs. She’ll have greater triumphs to come. But years from now, ask her about her experience swimming at Cal. Ask her what she remembers most, what were her proudest moments?

    She’s going to mention that 800 free relay.


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    Missy voted *Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year*


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    Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year is @franklinmissy #LWSA14​

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    Missy says: "Oh my gosh... I dont know what I'm doing here" #LWSA14

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    @FranklinMissy "I'm glad it's my spring break so I'm not missing any school to come here." #LWSA14

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    BACKSTAGE: @FranklinMissy having a great time speaking with journalists...

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    Benedict in the audience again chatting to @FranklinMissy, discussing old age... (18 and mid 30ies? Not old at all...) #LWSA14

    Missy Franklin 42 minutes ago
    And to top the night off I was able to spend some wonderful time with Benedict Cumberbatch! Such a genuine person and a wonderful host! #sherlock #totallyfangirled

    Missy Franklin 1 day ago
    Couldn't be more honored to receive the Laureus Sportswoman of the Year Award. To even be considered along such prestigious athletes is a dream let alone receiving the award from Mark Spitz. Thank you so much #Laureus for such an unforgettable night! HUGE congrats to all the other recipients and nominees!


    Missy Franklin: Laureus Sportswoman of the Year
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics
    Release: Wednesday 03/26/2014

    Missy Franklin, at the Laureus Awards

    Cal freshman Missy Franklin added yet another honor to her growing list when she was named the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Franklin earned the award primarily for her record-setting performance at the 2013 World Championships when she captured six gold medals – most ever for a woman at the event. Individually, she won the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter freestyle, while she was also a member of the victorious USA squads in the 400- and 800-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay. Earlier in the summer, she finished in first place in four individual events at U.S. Nationals – 100 and 200 back and 100 and 200 free.


    The prestigious award adds to Franklin’s ever-increasing number of accolades over the past six months. In October, Franklin was named the Sportswoman of the Year for an individual sport by the Women’s Sports Foundation. ESPNW also placed her No. 3 on its list of the most impactful female athletes of 2013, and Time Magazine chose her as one of the top 16 most influential teens of 2013.

    During her just-completed collegiate season with the Golden Bears, Franklin was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet after setting conference championship records in the 100-yard free, 200-yard free and 500-yard free, as well as being part of three winning relays. At the NCAA Championships last week, Franklin’s highlights included an American record on her way to victory in the 200-yard free and bringing Cal back from a 2.5-second deficit on the anchor leg to claim the 800 free relay title.

    In addition, Franklin was a two-time National Swimmer of the Week and two-time Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month. Over the course of the season, she set school records in both the 200 and 500 free events.


    Laureus Votes Missy Franklin Top Sportswoman In The World


    Laureus World Sports Awards 2014 winners revealed
    March 26, 2014

    Three of the most exciting young sports stars of their generation, who have proved world-beaters despite their age, have been honoured at the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, while Spain’s Marc Márquez received the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, after winning the World MotoGP Championship at just 20 years and 266 days.


    Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Missy Franklin was the sensation of the World Championships in Barcelona, becoming the first woman swimmer in history to win six gold medals at a single World Championships – three individual and three relay - at the age of just 18. This followed her performance in the London Olympics where she won four gold medals. She continues to refuse prize money and endorsements so that she can maintain her amateur status in college.

    The Awards Ceremony was held at the Istana Budaya, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was hosted by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Oscar and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx performed to the star-studded audience. German actor Daniel Brühl, who played Niki Lauda in the film Rush, was present along with Chinese supermodel and actress Du Juan.

    The Awards were announced in seven categories. The winners are:

    Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: Sebastian Vettel

    Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year: Missy Franklin

    Laureus World Team of the Year: Bayern Munich

    Laureus World Breakthrough of the Year: Marc Márquez

    Laureus World Comeback of the Year: Rafael Nadal

    Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Marie Bochet

    Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year: Jamie Bestwick


    Missy Franklin Caps Incredible Month With Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award

    MISSY Franklin capped off an incredible week by accepting the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year award during a star-studded ceremony in Malaysia tonight.

    "Oh my gosh," said the nine-time world champion upon accepting the award. "I don't know what I'm doing here."

    Franklin's appearance at what is dubbed "The Oscars of Sports Awards" comes just days after making her NCAA championship debut. She won the 200-yard freestyle in Minneapolis in American record time (1:40.31) while also placing second in the 500-yard freestyle and third in the 100-yard freestyle. Franklin received her award from legendary swimmer Mark Spitz.

    Franklin's win is the first for an aquatic sports athlete in the Sportswoman of the Year category. The honor comes after she won six gold medals at last year's world championships, the most by any female at a world championship meet. Franklin was also nominated for the award in 2013 after an impressive Olympic debut, where she won five gold medals.

    Franklin had tough competition in her category, nominated alongside soccer player Nadine Angerer, runner Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, skier Tina Maze and tennis player Serena Williams.


    Though he never won the Sportsman of the Year award, Michael Phelps received the Exceptional Achievement Award in 2013 after becoming the Greatest Olympian of All Time with his 22-medal haul over three Olympics.


    Missy Franklin Wins Laureus World Sports Award for Sportswoman of the Year


    Missy Franklin Wins Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award


    2014 Laureus Sport Awards: Missy Franklin & Sebastian Vettel Win Top Prizes


    VIDEO: Missy Franklin swimming clinic in Kuala Lumpur


    VIDEO: Missy Franklin Laureus World Sports Awards 2014 Acceptance Speech

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    Missy: Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year


    Franklin Named Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of Year

    Courtesy: Cal Athletics
    Release: Wednesday 03/26/2014

    Missy Franklin shows off her Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet award from the conference championships.
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics

    Missy Franklin, who captured three individual events and was a part of three winning relays at the conference championships, has been named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year for women’s swimming.

    Since the award was first established in 2000, Golden Bears have earned the honor five times, most recently with Elizabeth Pelton last year. Others to receive the recognition are Natalie Coughlin in 2001, Liv Jensen in 2009 and Caitlin Leverenz in 2010.

    At the Pac-12 meet, Franklin won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.17, the 200 free in 1:42.29 and the 500 free in 4:35.73. In addition, she helped Cal to victories in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.

    Franklin was the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December and February and was tabbed the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet for her performance at the conference championships.


    Pac-12 announces women's swimming postseason awards

    By Pac-12 Conference
    Mar 26, 2014

    Chuckarelei Studios

    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD senior Maya DiRado was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Year, CALIFORNIA freshman Missy Franklin earned Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year honors, and Cardinal head coach Greg Meehan was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year, the Conference office announced today. The awards were voted on by the Pac-12 head women’s swimming coaches.


    Franklin, flourished in her first season in Berkeley, claiming Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honors in December and again in February after collecting a meet-high six titles—three individual and three relay— in her debut at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. The Centennial, Colo. native set three meet records in the 100 free, 200 free and 500 free to collect her first three Pac-12 individual championships. She also helped Cal to victories in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay. Her performance earned her the Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Meet honors. She capped her first season of collegiate swimming by setting an American, U.S. Open and NCAA record with a time of 1:40.31—a full second under the old record of 1:41.21—in winning the 200 freestyle at the NCAA Championships last weekend. Franklin also helped the Bears—who finished third overall— to a national championship in the 800 freestyle relay in addition to a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, second-place effort in the 500 freestyle and a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle.



  9. #24

    2014 Honda Sports Award nominee



    Nominees Announced for 2014 Honda Swimming & Diving Sport Award

    Teammates Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee of Stanford, California's Missy Franklin, Breeja Larson of Texas A&M and Georgia's Brittany MacLean are the five nominees for the Honda Sports Award for swimming & diving as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.

    The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of expert coaches from the sport of swimming & diving.

    The Honda Sports award winner for swimming & diving will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.

    DiRado ...

    A native of Centennial, Colo., Franklin was named the Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year and earned Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet honors at the conference championship. She captured her first NCAA title in the 200 free setting an American record and went on to anchor the 800 free relay team to a come-from-behind NCAA victory. She was a two-time National Swimmer of the Week and a two-time Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month.

    Larson ....

    Lee ...

    MacLean ...

    The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Honda Sports award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.

    Five Honda Sports Awards winners for swimming & diving have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup- Tara Kirk (Stanford, 2004), Cristina Teuscher (Columbia, 2000), Mary T. Meagher (California, 1987), Tracy Caulkins (Florida, 1984 &1982) and Jill Sterkel (Texas, 1981).

    THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.


    Missy Franklin Nominee for 2014 Honda Award

    BERKELEY – Cal freshman Missy Franklin, who set an American record in winning the 200-yard free at the NCAA Championships earlier this month, has been named one of five nominees for the Honda Sports Award for women’s swimming & diving.


    Four Cal swimmers have earned the Honda Sports Award previously – Caitlin Leverenz (2012), Dana Vollmer (2009), Natalie Coughlin (2002 and 2003) and Mary T. Meagher (1985 and 1987) – with Meagher winning the 1987 Honda Cup. Last year, Elizabeth Pelton, now a Golden Bear sophomore, was a nominee for the Honda Award.


  10. #25

    Cashing in on College




    Missy Franklin was faced with a tough decision, one only a select few high school seniors – and even fewer – swimmers ever have to make. Fresh from a four-gold-medal performance in London, one of the most recognizable faces in swimming had two choices: take the academic route and make a top college program even stronger, or cash in on her fame and Olympic performance and make millions in endorsements and prize money. After lengthy, intense discussions with her coach and parents – and despite endorsement offers from a slew of corporations and products – Franklin chose college and enrolled at the University of California-Berkeley this past fall to train with and learn from coach Teri McKeever. Now, five months into her freshman year and a couple of months from her first NCAA Championships, she has had time to reflect upon her decision, and she couldn’t be happier. “It’s been an amazing season for me,” Franklin said. “I love being a Cal Bear. “My first semester was more challenging than I expected, but I am so happy be here and swimming with Teri and part of the Cal family. It couldn’t be better.”

    While her first season has been a good one for her, Franklin admits it hasn’t been without its challenges. Just like the rest of her fellow freshmen, it took Franklin a good couple of months to get really comfortable in her new surroundings living away from mom and dad. Add in the academic rigors of a top university and her responsibilities of being a student-athlete, and Franklin had her hands full. Having kept in touch with her regularly – mostly via text – during this time, Todd Schmitz, Franklin’s club coach with the Colorado STARS, noticed she was a little anxious when she returned home for Thanksgiving break. When she came back for Christmas a few weeks later, he said he could see a definite ease in her demeanor and outlook about school and swimming. “Missy is an only child, and she had full run of her parent’s house for most of her life, and then she’s sharing a small dorm room with someone – it took her a while to adjust,” said Schmitz, who has been coaching Franklin since she was 11.“There was definitely something different about Miss when she came home for Christmas that wasn’t there at Thanksgiving. I think it all finally clicked, and she was fully engaged and comfortable with this new part of her life.”

    Franklin said one of the main reasons she decided to join a collegiate swim team and attend college now was because it was between Olympic years and she always wanted to experience college life. During her college visits, she said she felt a strong connection to the other girls at Cal, something that weighed heavily on her decision – not just to become a member of the Bears family but also to attend college altogether. McKeever was the U.S. women’s head coach during the Games in London, and working with McKeever in that environment also factored into Franklin’s decision-making process. “I know I still have a lot to learn in and out of the water, and the opportunity to work with Teri was enough for me to decide to forego professional swimming for a little while,” said Franklin, who intends to swim another season at Cal before going pro and focusing on her training for the 2016 Olympics. “I’ve learned so much from her, some things I had never thought about before, especially with a different perspective from a different coach,” Franklin said. “I really wish I could stay all four years, but I’m happy to have the two and make the most of them.”

    For McKeever, who welcomed the world’s most popular and lately most successful female swimmer to her team with open arms, she is excited to have Franklin as a member of the team and never worried about any distractions. If anything, she wanted as much as possible for her college experience to be one of normalcy – as normal as it could be for someone of her celebrity and accomplishment. That included life on campus among other students as well as her teammates, and even at dual meets and other swimming events. “Missy is just Missy, and that makes her very appealing and approachable, and she welcomes that from people on campus and during meets,” said McKeever, who has coached a number of other ‘celebrity’-level swimmers, including 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, Olympic champion and world-record holder Dana Vollmer and former world champion Jessica Hardy. “If I was concerned about anything, it was how would she mesh with the other swimmers here, but that’s a concern with all new recruits,” McKeever said. “Of course, she’s not the first well-known swimmer or athlete we’ve had at Cal, so most everyone has been respectful of her space, and we all know how to work with someone of her talent. It’s been a real pleasure having her on the team. She brings a lot to the group.”

    For Franklin, who said she has never – not once – had an ounce of regret or doubted her decision, the part she enjoys most has been being part of a team with other young women. Having fellow athletes her age to help her through the ups and downs has given her a new perspective about what it means to be accountable to others in a sport that can be very singular and individual. “It’s been wonderful feeling of something so much bigger than just myself,” said Franklin, who earned a 3.5 GPA her first semester. “Having other girls who are going through the same things I am going through has been great, and we have a great time together. It’s like having a big group of sisters, and that’s been absolutely wonderful.”

    There’s no denying Franklin’s presence on the Cal team has helped increase interest and attendance at swim meets, both on and off campus. Everybody wants the opportunity to say they had the chance to see Missy Franklin swim in person. “At our last home dual meet, we had more than 1,200 people come, and some actually had to be turned away,” Franklin said. “I may be one of the reasons they come to watch, but once they are there, they see a fantastic group of swimmers. Hopefully, they get hooked and come back more and more. This team is full of swimming stars, and I’m just happy to have been a part of it all.”

  11. #26

    MVP - 2014 Team Awards. Teri = USA Women’s Head Coach @ 2014 Pan Pac Champs

    2014 Team Awards Presented at Annual Banquet

    Missy Franklin set 2 school records and won the 200 free NCAA title in 2014.
    Courtesy: Cal Athletics

    MVP – freshman Missy Franklin
    Most Improved – freshman Farida Osman
    Golden Bear Award – junior Eva Greene
    Warren Hellman Scholastic Award – sophomore Rachael Acker
    Coaches Award (diving) – senior Kahley Rowell
    Coaches Award (swimming) – junior Melanie Klaren and junior Caroline Piehl


    And in other news:

    USA Swimming Names Bob Bowman, Teri McKeever 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Coaches

    Teri McKeever & Bob Bowman To Lead USA Into Aussie Den For Pan Pacs

    USA Swimming Names Bob Bowman, Teri McKeever 2014 Pan Pacific Championships Coaches

    Bowman, McKeever Named 2014 Pan Pacs Coaches
    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 04-30-2014 at 09:46 AM.

  12. #27
    One thing that crossed my mind recently was when was the last time an NCAA athlete was the best overall participant in their sport? Cal's had world record holders as Bears (Par Arvidsson, Mary T, Biondi, Natalie), but none of them were considered best overall in their sport until after college. Missy's arguably the best female swimmer in the world as a college freshman. Ledecky may be the best overall female swimmer in the world while in college (if she doesn't go pro), but I can't recall anyone (Carl Lewis? Tiger?) ever being considered the best in the world in their sport as a collegian.

  13. #28

    Little Miss Sunshine - The Daily Californian

    Women's Swim & Dive Thursday, May 1, 2014

    Little Miss Sunshine

    After Missy Franklin became the darling of the United States in the wake of the 2012 Olympics, she made an unusual decision: Turn down millions of dollars in endorsements in order to swim at Cal. Now, she continues to dance through life.

    By Shannon Carroll | Staff

    Franklin, 8, with Ruger, the Alaskan Malamute that the only child describes as her little brother. Dick Franklin/Courtesy

    Before making her first trip to the Olympic trials, Franklin, then 12 years old, traveled to Disney World with her mom and dad. Dick Franklin/Courtesy

    At the 2012 Olympics, Franklin (left) competed for the US Swim Team alongside her idol and Cal alum, Natalie Coughlin (right). Along with Coughlin, Franklin was surrounded by former and current Cal swimmers at London. JD Lasica/Creative Commons


    Missy Franklin 27 April 2014
    My best friends through it all��

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-03-2014 at 06:28 PM.

  14. #29

    Cap & Goggles + Swimswam articles on Missy turning pro


    The Sharks Circle

    by Casey Barrett

    Missy Franklin is turning pro in ten months… Top agencies hungry for their piece of the biggest fish in the pool…

    She’s the most marketable Olympian alive. Across every sport, Summer or Winter, Phelps and Lochte included, you won’t find a more appealing athlete for endorsements in the lead up to Rio. Two years out and Missy Franklin is already the confirmed face of the 2016 Olympics.

    Much was made about her decision to forgo the pro path after London and attend college at Cal, including by yours truly (Why She Went to College :, but let’s be honest – that was always a halfway commitment. Missy, and her parents Dick and D.A., who are highly active behind the scenes, never had any intention of swimming through the full four years of her collegiate eligibility. She longed for the college experience, and she’s getting it, but the time has come to start talking dollars and sense.

    This four-time Olympic champion is a sponsor’s dream. She may not have the 8-gold epic-ness of Phelps in her future, and she may not have the twinkling-eyed model smirk of Lochte, but Franklin has something neither of those two man-childs possess. Actually, quite a few somethings. She is that rare transcendent athlete who is also relatable, down-to-earth, and somehow, retains an accomplishment-defying humility. She might be a mutant of physical excellence, like all highest-tier Olympians, but she possesses an unaffected star power that seems rooted in appreciation.

    This sounds like I’m among the agents pitching her these days. She and her parents have clearly been hearing much of the same from many quarters. In this week’s Sports Business Journal, the trade reports that meetings have begun in earnest among top agencies trying to woo the Franklins to their star athlete stables. (I’d include the link to this piece, but it appears you have to be a subscriber to access SBJ stories online…)

    These agencies include CAA (home of Lochte); IMG (Lindsay Vonn); The Legacy Agency (Lolo Jones, Kerri Walsh); and of course, Octagon, where Phelps has resided since he turned pro way back in 2001. Safe to say she’ll be just fine at any one of these hot spots. Each will come flooding into her orbit with big ideas and big promises and big-time endorsement contracts. In less than a year’s time, Missy Franklin will be a multi-millionaire.

    Those new representatives will also get theirs. Anything an athlete makes in endorsement income, the standard is that the agent keeps about 20 percent. A $5 million deal with Kellogg? Lovely! The agency will collect a cool million for their trouble. That’s just one example, probably ample. As the deals continue to spin, and the potential earnings add up, one can see just how valuable a commodity Franklin has become.

    Her refusal to turn pro right after London may have actually helped her in the long run, and not just for the two blissful college-years she’s in the process of enjoying. Provided these years proceed without any real hiccups or injuries, her value continues to soar as she sits on the professional sidelines. She’s already a proven quantity on the Olympic stage; she’s a proven quantity as an athlete with her priorities refreshingly in order; and she’s yet to endorse a single thing. All of which adds up to the Sports Business Journal calling her “the most sought after Olympian for agencies in more than a decade.”

    Indeed, the sharks are circling. But first they’ll need to swim past Missy’s father, Dick Franklin. See, Mr. Franklin has spent much of his career as a sports business executive, working for Reebok and Head tennis. Agent Evan Morgenstein, who is quoted liberally in the SBJ story, but knows he can’t sign her himself, points out that Dick Franklin will likely act as “the point guard” in the team that assembles around Franklin beginning next spring.

    Reading all of this in the works, can you blame her from wanting this last gasp of campus normalcy? Just two years to indulge in the fantasy that you’re a regular college kid, just like all your friends. But Missy Franklin isn’t normal; she’s so abnormal in fact that there is a growing line assembling in front of her, just waiting to pour millions into her bank account the moment she says so.

    The irony is that what makes her most valuable is the fact that, despite all those heady money clouds on the horizon, she remains motivated by all the right stuff.


    Talent Agencies Lineup For Missy Franklin, The Biggest Olympic Client Since Michael Phelps

    CAA, IMG, Octagon, WMG (Casey Wasserman) and The Legacy Agency have already taken meetings with Missy Franklin’s parents reports the Sports Business Journal... Archive Photo via Tim Binning/


    Happy Birthday Missy Franklin, You’re No Longer an “Age Grouper”

    Braden Keith | May 10th, 2014 | Featured, National

    Ok, so we know it’s a little silly. It’s been a long time since Missy Franklin was viewed as ‘just... Archive Photo via Tim Binning/

    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-10-2014 at 02:18 PM.

  15. #30
    Timing is a little bit cramped for Missy. Natalie and Teri interviewed potential agents in the Fall of her senior year and signed directly after NCAAs. Ideally Missy, Teri, and family could interview potential agents this Summer to minimize distractions during Missy's final season as an NCAA swimmer. Problem is that Pan-Pacs are at the end of August, either during the first week of classes or just before. Missy and Teri will be participating in Australia. Either they do their agent interviews early this Summer or sometime in September. Teri did a great job this year of letting Missy be as much of a typical freshman student-athlete as possible, but unfortunately she's still going to have to sacrifice part of her last season as an amateur swimmer to become a pro in less than a year.

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