Missy Franklin wins NCAA title in 200 IM at her final college meet
Missy Franklin of California won the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships Thursday night in her final college meet.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist finished first in 1 minute, 52.11 seconds -- third-fastest in history -- on the first night of competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Franklin plans to turn pro after the three-day meet ends Saturday, having completed two years of college. She aims to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Franklin swam a leg on Cal's winning 200 freestyle relay. Kaylin Bing, Franklin, Olympic gold medalist Rachel Bootsma and Farida Osman touched first in 1:26.41. Stanford was second and Georgia third.
Stanford freshman Simone Manuel won the 50 free in 21.32 seconds, second-fastest ever. Ivy Martin of Wisconsin was second in 21.61 and Kelsi Worrell of Louisville took third.
The Stanford team of Alley Howe, Katie Olsen, Janet Hu and Manuel won the 400 medley relay in 3:26.41, lowering the American and NCAA record of 3:27.51 set last year by a Cardinal team.
Leah Smith of Virginia won the 500 free in 4:31.54, slower than her NCAA-record time of 4:30.37 from the morning preliminaries that was the second-quickest in history. Cal's Cierra Runge took second in 4:33.82.
In 1-meter diving, Samantha Pickens of Arizona won the title with 345.90 points. Kassidy Cook of Stanford was second at 340.20.