May 31, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Olympic swimmers Missy Franklin of the STAR Colorado Swim team and Cullen Jones in the background during warm ups before the friday championship finals of the 2013 Arena Interational Santa Clara Grand Prix at the George F. Haines International Swim Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Missy Franklin wins first NCAA national title in record time


Missy Franklin was one of the breakout stars at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but there was one missing title in her career. On Friday, she was finally able to reach another achievement with her first NCAA national championship.

As a freshman at Cal, the four-time 2012 Olympic champion won the 200 yard freestyle at the NCAA Championship in Minneapolis.

The 18-year-old Franklin smoked the rest of the field by nearly two seconds, as she recorded a final time of 1 minute, 40.31 seconds. Her time beat the previous record of 1:41.21 which was set by Megan Romano in 2012.

“The 200 is a little bit more my style,” Franklin said, via OlympicTalk.com. “I knew it was a really tough field. I was right next to [MacLean], who came home in a 25 in the 500 [Thursday]. I knew I was going to have to be out fast.”

Franklin finished in second-place in two events on Thursday, and will have another opportunity to win a title in the 100 free.

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