Missy Franklin Qualifies for Her Second Individual Olympic Event

Colorado swimmer Missy Franklin finished second in the 200-meter freestyle on Thursday night to qualify for her second Olympic event. How many more events can she line up for London?
June 2012

Colorado high schooler Missy Franklin is now two-for-two in individual Olympic-qualifying events, having finished second in the 200-meter freestyle Thursday night at the swim trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

The 17-year-old from Centennial finished her only race of the night in 1:56.79, two seconds behind Allison Schmitt, who set an American record. Franklin—who swims both for the Colorado Stars club team and Regis Jesuit High School—is still scheduled to swim the 200-meter backstroke, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 50-meter freestyle before the trials end on Monday. In addition to the 200-free and 100-back—which she qualified for earlier in the week—she also qualified for a spot on the 800-meter freestyle relay team.

Her mother, DA Franklin, has said that Franklin might not swim the 50-freestyle, which is scheduled near the end of the seven-day trials, and her coach told the Denver Post on Thursday that Franklin might scrap the 200-freestyle in London because of the need to keep the teenager fresh for other races. In addition to Franklin's individual events, she's a favorite to swim in three relays.

I profiled Franklin in this June's issue of 5280. During a meet in Austin, Texas, I asked three-time Olympic gold medal winner—and NBC's swimming guru—Rowdy Gaines about Franklin's chances in London: “This kind of talent doesn’t come around often,” Gaines told me. “She could swim seven events [in the Olympics] this year—and she could medal in all of them—which is unheard of. She has the whole package…."

Franklin could swim the 100-meter freestyle twice today at trials. The Olympic-qualifying race for that event is Saturday.