Franklin Wins 3 Individual Races, Cal Bears Lose to No. 3 Ranked Stanford

Winning three individual races wasn’t enough for Missy Franklin and the lady Cal Bears as they were edged out by number 4 ranked Stanford over the weekend, 167-133.

Franklin, who has been showing some range in the collegiate racing scene this year, won the 1000 yard freestyle, pulling away from Andie Taylor of Stanford to win convincingly in 9:53.81. Fellow Cal Bear Catherine Breed rounded out the medals in 10:06.18.

The 200 yard freestyle, a distance at which swim fans may be more accustomed to see her swim at, was another W for Franklin, swimming a 1:45.46. Ranked #1 in the event among collegiate swimmers in the nation, she was no match for second place finisher Lia Neal from Stanford – who is no slouch in the event, ranked 3rd nationally, placed a couple seconds back in 1:47.52. Franklin would also go on to win the 100 yard freestyle in 48.99, with Neal touching second, and Stanford’s Maddy Schaefer just behind in third.

Anne Kastler would also set a school record in the 1-metre board, scoring 297.30 on route to winning, while also later winning the 3m board by putting up 299.40 points.

The next big step for the lady Cal Bears will be the Pac-12 championships, which is being held in Federal Way, Washington at the end of February.

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