Missy Franklin swims and wins the women's 200 meter backstroke championship final at the Indianapolis Grand Prix at the Indiana University Natatorium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Over the next few days, Colorado native Missy Franklin will be swimming at the U.S. Olympic swimming team trials. She is a favorite to make the team and vie for gold in London.
Seventeen-year-old Olympic hopeful Missy Franklin, a native of Centennial, Colo., will be competing in five different events at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb., as CBS Denver's AP report notes. Franklin is considered a major up-and-comer for this year's games, with some touting her as the next great American swimmer.
In Omaha, Franklin will swim in the 100 and 200 backstroke, the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. In order to be considered for the Olympic relay in London, Franklin must finish in the top four in free style, and she needs to finish in the top two to qualify for an individual event.
Here's a layout of Franklin's opening schedule (full Omaha schedule here):
Tuesday, June 26: 100 backstroke
Wednesday, June 27: 200 freestyle
Friday, June 29: 100 freestyle
Saturday, June 30: 200 backstroke
Sunday, July 1: 50 freestyle
Coming into the eight-day meet, Franklin has the fastest seed in the 200 backstroke, plus the second-fastest time in three other races. In the 100 backstroke, she'll be facing 11-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin, who has the top seed in that event. The two also will compete in the 100 freestyle, where Franklin has the top seed to Coughlin's second seed.