Missy Franklin Still Team USAs Miss Sunshine

Missy Franklin Still Team USAs Miss Sunshine


Editorial Coverage Sponsored By FINIS

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer

It was the summer of 2010 when I first met the wonder kid from Colorado– Missy Franklin. I was 22, Franklin was 15. I had finished my college career, Franklin had just started high school. We had both qualified for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championship team.

During training camp, I was awkwardly lumped into a group with two 16-year-olds (Elizabeth Pelton and Rachel Bootsma) and Franklin under the watch of a young, charismatic Colorado Stars coach, Todd Schmitz. On day one of training camp we did a round containing 5×100 free in which we were to keep our heart rate around 160 beats per minute. The teens were all holding 1:00s…long course. I was left in their wake, but I didn’t care. This pack of tenacious cubs (who all, ironically, ended up becoming Cal Bears), endearingly started calling me “Mama Bear”. I loved swimming with my pack of baby bears. They lightened the stress of my first international meet. Especially that Missy Franklin.

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