This morning, Franklin posted a time of 59.54 seconds to lead all qualifiers into the semifinals of the 100 meter backstroke later this afternoon.
Natalie Coughlin who many believe will be Missy’s biggest competition for the number 1 spot in the event qualified in a time of 1:00.71.
Franklin will also be joined by former Cherry Creek High School standout Bonnie Brandon who qualified 9th for the semifinals with a time of 1:01.31.
The 100 back is the first of 5-events that Franklin is currently planning to compete in hopes of earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
She will also compete in the 200 backstroke and the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events.
The finals for the 100 back are on Wednesday.