Missy Franklin wins NCAA Championships 200 IM

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Missy Franklin expanded her repertoire in her final college meet at the NCAA Championships on Thursday, winning the 200-yard individual medley.

Franklin, a five-time 2012 Olympic medalist and a California sophomore, captured the second NCAA individual title of her career. She clocked 1 minute, 52.11 seconds, beating teammate Liz Pelton by .69. Franklin swam .34 slower than Olympic bronze medalist Caitlin Leverenz‘s American record.

In 2014, Franklin won the 200-yard freestyle at NCAAs, was second in the 500 free and third in the 100 free. She’s competed in varying events in two seasons at Cal, wherever her team needed her the most.

NCAA meets are held in 25-yard pools. Olympics and World Championships are held in 50-meter pools.

Franklin hasn’t contested an individual medley at a major international meet since 2010 and is not expected to add it in the run up to the Rio Olympics. Her events are the 100m and 200m backstrokes and freestyles, the four swims she’s qualified for the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, in August.

Earlier Thursday, Franklin helped California take the 200 free relay title.

The NCAA Championships continue through Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. They are Franklin’s final college meet because she is expected to turn pro in the spring.

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