Cal freshman swimmer Missy Franklin added another honor to her resume when she was named the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year during a ceremony Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Franklin earned the award after her record-setting performance at the 2013 World Championships, where she won six gold medals – most ever for a woman at the event.
“Oh my gosh,” exclaimed Franklin, the youngest-ever winner of the women’s award and the first swimmer so honored. “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”
Cal freshman and Olympic star Missy Franklin won the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA women’s swimming championships at Minneapolis, breaking NCAA, American and U.S. records.
Franklin touched in 1 minute, 40.31 seconds.
Later, Franklin and her 800 free relay teammates prevailed in 6:54.94.
The Cal women are in third place after two days of competition.
Cal freshman Missy Franklin was named National Swimmer of the Week by collegeswimming.com after leading the Bears to the Pac-12 Conference championship last weekend in Seattle.
Franklin set meet records while winning all three of her individual events — the 100-yard free (47.17 seconds), 200 free (1:42.29) and 500 free (4:35.73) — and helped Cal to wins in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay and a runnerup finish in the 200 medley relay.
This is the second time this season Franklin has been given the weekly honor as the nation’s top collegiate swimmer.
Franklin and her Cal teammates will next be in action at the NCAA Championships March 20-22 in Minneapolis.
Cal swimmer Missy Franklin, who won a record six gold medals at last summer’s world championships, is among six nominees for the 15th annual Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year.
The freshman from Centennial, Colo., who won four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, joins a list of high-profile female athletes nominated for the award.
Also up for Laureus honors are German soccer star Nadine Angerer, the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year; Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, winner of three sprint gold medals at the world track and field championships; Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, winner of the world title; Slovenia skier Tina Maze, the overall World Cup champion; American tennis star Serena Williams, winner of the French Open and U.S. Open titles.
It’s the second straight year Franklin was nominated.
With the Super Bowl a week away, the Cal basketball team on the road and football signing day 2 1/2 weeks out, how about a dose of Olympic superstar to fill out your sports weekend?
Cal’s top-rated women’s swim team, featuring London Olympics hero and freshman Missy Franklin, are competing in Berkeley for the only time this season, with meets Friday and Saturday at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
The Bears face Arizona State on Friday, then take on Arizona on Saturday. Diving will start at 11 a.m. both days, the 1,000-yard freestyle goes off at 11:25 a.m., and the remainder of the schedule begins at noon each day.
Admission is free.
And, if you can’t get to Berkeley, both meets will be shown on the Pac-12 Networks, with former Cal star Natalie Coughlin providing commentary.
Friday’s meet will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks beginning at noon (with a 10 p.m. replay). Saturday’s meet will be shown on tape-delay at 8:30 p.m.
Friday is the Pac-12 opener for the Bears and the conference debut for Franklin, who won four Olympic gold medals at the 2012 London Games at the age of 17.
Cal freshman swimming sensation Missy Franklin added to her long list of accolades Wednesday night when she was named the Sportswoman of the Year for an individual sport by the Women’s Sports Foundation at the 34th annual Salute to Women in Sports gala in New York City.
Franklin is the third Golden Bear to earn a Sportswoman of the Year honor, joining soccer’s Alex Morgan and fellow swimmer Natalie Coughlin. Morgan, one of the heroes of the USA’s gold-medal-winning squad at the 2012 Olympics, won in the team category last year, while Coughlin picked up the honor for those competing in individual sports in 2003.
“For Missy to win this award is a testament to a young woman who is striving to reach her full potential and use athletics as a vehicle to do so,” Cal women’s swim coach Teri McKeever said. “At Cal, we talk about having it all, and Missy has demonstrated that through hard work, dedication and determination, this is possible.
“The Sportswoman of the Year honor is a fitting way to celebrate an extraordinary young lady, and I am honored to have her at Cal and swimming in a program with other exceptional student-athletes.”
Olympic swim star Missy Franklin, perhaps the most decorated athlete ever to enroll at Cal, begins classes on Thursday.
On Wednesday she met the Bay Area media and talked about adjusting to life in Berkeley.
Click here to read staff writer Elliott Almond’s story.
Need a reminder of what Franklin already has achieved in the pool: Here are all the facts you need.
Former Cal star Tom Shields set his third American short-course meters record in a week, swimming the 100-meter butterfly in 49.01 seconds at a FINA World Cup meet in Berlin, Germany.
Shields, who won 11 NCAA titles during his Cal career, set the 200 fly record on Aug. 7 in the Netherlands, then broke it again on Saturday in Berlin with a time of 1:51.31.
Fair to say Cal is getting a pretty fair swimmer in Missy Franklin.
The incoming freshman won her sixth gold medal at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona on Sunday, making her the winningest female ever at the event.
Franklin, 18, swam the leadoff leg on the winning USA 400-meter medley relay — ex-Cal star Dana Vollmer also had a hand in the victory — to break the record of five gold medals shared by Tracy Caukins in 1978 and Libby Trickett in 2007.
”I still can’t really believe that it happened,” Franklin said.
Franklin and her teammates won in 3 minutes, 53.23 seconds — nearly two seconds ahead of runnerup Australia.
It’s been quite a 13 months for Franklin, who won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics.
Incoming Cal freshman Missy Franklin won her fifth gold medal of the FINA World Championships on Saturday in Barcelona, Spain.
Franklin set a championship meet record in the 200-meter backstroke, clocking 2 minutes, 4.76 seconds. She touched the wall nearly 2 seconds ahead of the runnerup. Cal sophomore Elizabeth Pelton finished fifth.
Former Cal stars Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin were fourth and sixth, respectively in the men’s 50 free final, swimming 21.60 and 21.65.
Dana Vollmer, another former Cal swimmer, was eighth in the 50 butterfly at 26.46.