Missy Franklin Sets New 100-m backstroke Record
Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin has established a new meet and U.S. Open record in the women's 100m backstroke Friday at the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials.
Franklin, who hails from Centennial, Colorado finished with a time of 58.67 seconds, beating US National Teamer Elizabeth Pelton of Baltimore, Maryland. Franklin's time was the fastest in the world this year while Pelton was second with 59.27.
"The main goal is to be faster in four weeks than we were right now," said Franklin, who has now qualified for the U.S. World Championships Team in four events - the 100m free and 200m free, the 100m and 200m back. She finished first in all but the 50m back this week.
"I think for the most part, each event has different things I need to work on, which is fun. There's always room for improvement," she added.
Franklin earlier won gold in the 100-m backstroke, 200-m backstroke, 4×200-m freestyle and 4×100 m medley at the London Olympics. She also captured a bronze in the 4x100-m freestyle.
In addition to Franklin, each of the winners and runner-ups in Friday night's individual events qualified for the World Championships Team. The winners of the 50m breast, back and fly were also added to the Worlds roster today.
Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Maryland, ruled the women's 400m freestyle, outdistancing the rest of the field by more than two and a half seconds and setting a 15-16 national age group record with a time of 4:04.05.
Ledecky's time was the third-fastest in the world this year. Chloe Sutton (Mission Viejo, California) was second in 4:06.64.
Ledecky and Sutton qualified for the World Championships Team on the first night of competition with their 1-2 finish in the 800m free. Like Franklin, Ledecky has qualified for the team in four events, including those already mentioned and the 200m free and the 4x200m free relay.
Olympian Connor Jaeger of Fair Haven, New Jersey made it to his second World Championships event, winning the men's 400m free in 3:45.89, just 15-hundredths of a second ahead of Olympic teammate Matt McLean, who touched in 3:46.14.
The 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials will conclude Saturday with the men's and women's 200m IM and 50m freestyle, and the men's 800m free and women's 1500m free.
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