Feb. 9, 2013; Ft. Collins, CO USA; Missy Franklin of Regis Jesuit High School smiles as her name is announced as winner of the girls 500 freestyle at the Class 5A Colorado State Swimming Championships. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Carpenean-USA TODAY Sports

Missy Franklin Wins 100m at Nationals

United States swimmer Missy Franklin was one of the bright young stars of the 2012 London Olympics last summer and she is continuing to emerge as one of the world’s top swimmers with her latest win. While Franklin was competing on the national stage at the nationals in Indianapolis, Franklin earned  the win in the 100m with a record time of 53.43.

Franklin discussed her quick finish after the race and let everyone know just how exciting the final moments of a race are when you reach out for the wall.

“It’s my favorite part of the race,” Franklin said, via NBC Sports. “I just love doing everything possible so I can get my hand on the wall.”

Franklin edged out Shannon Vreeland and 16-year-old Simone Manuel for the win.

Manuel broke her age group record with a time of 53.86, and she said that Franklin is someone that she looked up to and aspires to be.

“[Missy] really is who I model myself after,” Manuel said after making the U.S. world team. “We’ve kind of grown a friendship, she tells me good luck before all of my races. I feel like I learned a lot tonight.”

Considering Franklin is a four-time Olympic gold medal winner and two-time NCAA national champion, she is a great role model to have.

While we still have a while until Franklin can return to the Olympic stage, she is showing that she hasn’t missed a beat and she is only continuing to improve.

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