Swimming: Franklin, McKeever earn Pac-12 honors

Sophomore Missy Franklin and coach Teri McKeever, who led the Cal women’s swim team to Pac-12 and NCAA championships, were named Swimmer of the Year and Coach of the Year in the Pac-12.

Franklin won the 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke and swam a leg on the victorious 200 free relay and 800 free relay at the NCAA meet. Her 200 free time of 1:39.10 broke the American record by more than a second. Franklin was recognized as the NCAA Swimmer of the Year for her efforts.

“It’s an honor to be named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year,” Franklin said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the season from both an individual and team standpoint. Cal’s win at NCAA Championships was truly a team effort and we didn’t just come together as a team, but we came together as a family. I am so grateful to have such wonderful teammates and an amazing coach staff.”

McKeever is the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the seventh time in her career. Under her directions, the Bears won their fourth NCAA Championship in March, setting a school record with 513 points.


Women’s swimming: Franklin wins third individual event, Bears capture fourth NCAA title in seven years

Sophomore Missy Franklin captured her third individual title, leading the Cal women’s swim team to its fourth NCAA championship in seven years on Saturday at Greensboro, N.C.

Franklin won the 200-yard backstroke and Cal finished with a school-record 513 points to easily top runnerup Georgia (452) and third-place Stanford (363).

Cal had previously won NCAA women’s swim titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012. The Bears won seven events, equaling their total from the 2011 championships.

Franklin, star of the 2012 London Olympics, was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year after having a hand in five victories, including two relays. Cal coach Teri McKeever was named National Coach of the Year.

“I’m so grateful for the experience that I’ve had,” Franklin said. “It’s been a very emotional couple of days and I am just so proud of my team and what we’ve accomplished here.”

In the 200 back final, Franklin trailed entering the final 50 yards but stormed from behind to win in 1:47.91, second-fastest in history.

Cal finished second in the 400 freestyle relay in a school-record time of 3:09.76, with Franklin leading off in 46.66 seconds, a school record for the 100 free.

Cierra Runge finished second in the 1,650 free, Cal’s highest NCAA finisher ever in the event.


Swimming: Missy Franklin sets American record, Bears win four events to lead at NCAA championships

Missy Franklin set an American record in the 200-yard freestyle and the Cal women won four events Friday to move into the team lead at the NCAA championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Franklin became the first women to break 1 minute, 40 seconds in the 200 free, clocking 1:39.10.

“I’ve been thinking about that (1) 39 literally all season, so to finally get it – words can’t describe,” Franklin said. “I got my hand to the wall and got the most points I could for my team, and that’s what matters most.”

The Bears built an 84-point lead over Georgia in the race for the team title. Cal has scored 383.5 points headed into Saturday’s final races. Stanford is third, 119.5 points behind the Bears.

In additional to Franklin’s record-setting victory,  the Bears captured the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay, and Rachel Bootsma won the 100 backstroke.


Swimming: Missy Franklin sparks 2 NCAA wins

Sophomore Missy Franklin, in her final meet representing Cal, won the 200-yard individual medley and swam a leg on the victorious 200 medley relay as the Bears set a school record for points scored on the first day of the NCAA championships at Greensboro, N.C.

Franklin, star of the 2012 London Olympics, won the 200 IM in a personal-best time of 1 minutes, 52.11 seconds. Teammate Elizabeth Pelton was second in 1:52.80, also a career best.

The Bears’ foursome of Kayla Bing, Franklin, Rachel Bootsma and Farida Osman began the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:26.41, barely edging Stanford.

Cal is in second place after one day with 162 points, 10 points behind Georgia. The meet runs through Saturday.

Franklin intends to leave the Cal team after this season to train for the 2016 Rio de Janiero Olympics.


Swmming: Cal women cruise to Pac-12 title

Top-ranked Cal breezed to its second consecutive and fourth overall Pac-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday, winning three more events to pull away from the field on its way to scoring a meet record 1,629.50 points at Federal Way, Washington.

Cierra Runge set meet and school records while winning the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:40.17, Missy Franklin led a Cal sweep of the 200 backstroke, and freshman Noemie Thomas won her first individual title in the 200 butterfly.

Cal swimmers won 12 swimming events in the four-day meet, breaking the school record of nine set in 2012.

Runge, a freshman who broke the NCAA record in winning the 500 free Thursday and was a member of Cal’s American record-setting 800 free relay Wednesday, was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet.

In the 1650 free, Runge won the race by 14 seconds and just missed Janet Evans’ 25-year-old conference record of 15:39.14.


Women’s sports: Missy Franklin hasn’t set post-Cal training plans leading to Rio Olympic Games

A couple stories from this morning’s edition you may want to check out:

* Cal sophomore and Olympic swim star Missy Franklin says she hasn’t decided whether she will continue training in Berkeley for the 2016 Rio Olympics after she completes her collegiate career this spring.

* The Bears’ field hockey team stages a small protest that the temporary practice field it was promised by the Cal administration still is not ready with spring workouts under way.


Swimming: 3 Cal coaches named to national team staffs

Cal men’s swim coach David Durden will serve as head coach of the USA men’s swim team at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, USA Swimming announced.

Cal women’s coach Teri McKeever, a former Olympic team head coach, will be an assistant on the women’s staff for the same meet.

Yuri Suguiyama, an assistant on the Cal men’s team, has been named a men’s assistant at the 2015 World University Games in South Korea.


Swimming: Cal lands 5 on Pan Pacific team

Cal earned five spots on the U.S. team that will compete at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia later this month.

The U.S. nationals ended Sunday, with are junior Rachel Bootsma, sophomore Missy Franklin, former Cal standout Caitlin Leverenz, junior Elizabeth Pelton and incoming freshman Cierra Runge chosen to the U.S. squad. Cal coach Teri McKeever will serve as the head coach of the women’s team for the trip.

Franklin was named the women’s high-point award winner. She captured three events – the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 100-meter freestyle and was runner-up in the 200 free.


Swimming: Franklin is World Sportswoman of Year

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.”

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