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Missy Franklin Still Team USAs Miss Sunshine

Missy Franklin Still Team USAs Miss Sunshine


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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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