U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials: Missy Franklin Heads To London In 100m And 200m Backstroke, 100m And 200m Freestyle

Colorado native Missy Franklin has made the London Olympics in the 100m and 200m backstroke and the 100m and 200m freestyle. Including relay events, she will likely compete in seven events.

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2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Team Trials: Missy Franklin Wins 200m Backstroke Finals

Missy Franklin is heading to the 2012 London Olympics to compete in four individual events after capturing the 200 meter backstroke finals title on Sunday evening. With relay events, too, Franklin will compete for seven medals across the pond later this month and in August.

Franklin completed the 200 meters in 2:06.12, better than her nearest competitor, Elizabeth Beisel, by 1.46 seconds. Beisel will compete in this event in London. Elizabeth Pelton came in third place at 2:08.06. Cherry Creek graduate Bonnie Brandon finished in fourth with a time of 2:09.52.

Franklin has previously qualified for 100 meter backstroke and the 100 meter and 200 meter freestyle. The 200 meter backstroke is her favorite event.

The XXX Olympiad begins on Friday, July 27, in London. How many medals can the 17-year-old swimmer from Denver win?

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2012 U.S. Swimming Team Trials: Missy Franklin Finishes 2nd In 100m Freestyle, Adds 3rd London Event

In the 100 meter freestyle finals, Denver's Missy Franklin finished in second place and is now in her third even in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Franklin was in seventh at the turn, but her closing speed was amazing and she finished in 54.15 seconds. Jessica Hardy won the event in 53.96 seconds. Allison Schmitt finished in third while Natalie Coughlin finished in sixth, placing her on the Olympic team.

Roughly 20 minutes before the 100 meter freestyle, Franklin captured the best time in the 200 meter backstroke semifinals by posting a 2:07.91. She beat Elizabeth Beisel, who was in the same heat, by 0.50 seconds. Elizabeth Pelton captured third place while Bonnie Brandon, a Cherry Creek High School graduate, came in fourth.

Franklin is already going to the Olympics for the 100 meter backstroke and the 200 meter freestyle. On Sunday, she has the finals for the 200 meter backstroke and the preliminaries for the 50 meter freestyle.

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2012 U.S. Swimming Team Trials: Missy Franklin Qualifies For 200m Freestyle In London

Add a second event at the 2012 London Olympics that Colorado's own Missy Franklin will compete in this summer. On Thursday night, Franklin finished in second place for the 200 meter freestyle. She finished the race in 1:56.79, second only to race winner Allison Schmitt and her U.S. record 1:54.40 time.

Dana Vollmer, Lauren Perdue, Shannon Vreeland, Alyssa Anderson, Megan Romano and Chelsea Chenault finished out the race in third through eighth place.

On Wednesday evening, Franklin qualified for her first event, the 100 meter backstroke, when she set a new American record at 58.85 seconds. She still has three more events in which to compete: 100 meter freestyle, the 200 meter backstroke and the 50 meter freestyle. The preliminaries take place over each of the next three days; if she eventually goes on to win in the finals, Franklin is looking at competing in five events in London.

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2012 U.S. Swimming Team Trials: Missy Franklin Wins 100m Backstroke Finals

Missy Franklin is going to the 2012 London Olympics after finishing in first place in the 100 meter backstroke. Franklin, 17 years old, completed the 100 meters in 58.85 seconds, a new American record. Rachel Bootsma came in second place with a time of 59.49, leaving Natalie Coughlin's 1:00.06 in third place. Bootsma is joining Franklin in London later in July.

Bonnie Brandon, a Cherry Creek, CO, native finished in fifth with a time of 1:00.82.

A little over 15 minutes before she won this race, Franklin had just completed the 200 meter freestyle semis to qualify for the finals, which will take place on Thursday night. She will also take part in the preliminaries for the 100 meter freestyle, the 200 meter backstroke and the 50 meter freestyle starting on Friday and through the weekend.

It's quite possible Franklin will compete in five events in London.

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U.S. Swimming Team Trials: Missy Franklin Qualifies For Semis In 200m Freestyle

Missy Franklin has advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. She finished in third place with a result of 1:58.62. Allison Schmitt had the fastest time at 1:58.02. Dana Vollmer came in second place at 1:58.34.

Sixteen of the 99 swimmers qualified for the semifinals, which take place on Wednesday night. This will be a busy night for Franklin, as she will also compete in the finals of the 100 meter backstroke on Wednesday. She swam the 100 meter backstroke in 59.06 seconds on Tuesday to win the semis.

Should Franklin advance to the finals for the 200m -- which is very likely -- she will compete in the finals on Thursday. She will also have three other events to take part in over the remainder of the trials. Preliminaries for the 100m freestyle, the 200m backstroke and the 50 freestyle come on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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U.S. Olympic Swimming Team Trials: Missy Franklin Posts Fastest Time In 100-Meter Backstroke Preliminaries

The latest word out of the 100-meter backstroke preliminaries is that Colorado native Missy Franklin has set the bar high. The 17-year-old recorded the fastest time in the morning's heat, finishing in 59.54, and put herself in excellent position for the semifinals on Tuesday evening.

And despite coming into the event with some of the highest expectations of the field, she did not overcome her nerves until after the event:

"It’s such an adrenaline rush," Franklin said. "The first 50, you always feel it. . . . I was a little bit nervous before that race, but now I’m really excited."

Missy was hotly pursued by 18-year-old Rachel Bootsma, who finished at 59.68 -- less than a half-second behind Franklin. The two young swimmers were also the only ones to finish under 60 seconds in the first set of races.

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