After dominating the 100m backstroke in Tuesday's prelims with a time of 59.54, Denver native Missy Franklin swam even faster in the semifinals. Franklin won her semifinal heat in the 100-meter backstroke by posting a time of 59.06. The final is Wednesday night.
Another Denver native, Bonnie Brandon of Cherry Creek, finished fifth with a time of 1:00:76 to qualify for the finals.
Here's what Franklin had to say about her effort:
"It felt so good to get the first race out of the way," a beaming Franklin said afterward. "It's so nice, like first-race nerves. I'm super, super happy with my time. I didn't think I'd go out that fast. "I felt amazing."
"I haven't been thinking about it," Franklin said. "I was nervous about that first race but right now I'm just excited."