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16-year-old Missy Franklin makes waves at US Swimming Championships.

Missy FranklinSixteen year old swimming phenom Missy Franklin held off three Olympians to win the women’s 100m freestyle on the final day of the US Swimming Championships.

Franklin, who will be a junior at Regis Jesuit High School outside of Denver this fall  is racking up medals at home and abroad.

The triple world champion brought home three gold medals from the recent world championships in Shanghai. Franklin  captured her second national title Saturday night in Palo Alto with the world’s fifth quickest time against a field that featured three Olympians. Franklin was level with Olympian Amanda Weir at the turn before  clocking in at  53.63 – a time that would have given her bronze in China.

The 6-foot-1 Franklin, who has a 6-foot-4 wingspan, hopes to join U.S. Olympic team in 2012 Bob Bowman, the longtime coach of Michael Phelps,  told the Washington Post that the swimming prodigy reminds him of somebody he knows.

The national freestyle win this weekend was Franklin’s second title of  the meet. She also ruled in the 100m backstroke. Now the Colorado teenager heads off to a week’s vacation in Hawaii before returning to high school.

Franklin wasn’t the only high-school student dominating in the Stanford pool. In the women’s 800m freestyle, fifteen-year-old Gillian Ryan won in 8 minutes, 27.64 seconds.

Want to know how Franklin does it?  When profiled in the Denver Post last year she described her life in the fast lane:

Wake up, breakfast in car, go to pool.

Practice with Colorado Stars, her club swim team.

Breakfast with Stars swimmers who attend Regis Jesuit High School.

Classes at Regis, and lunch.

Homework and meal in car.

Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Lone Tree for physical therapy and dryland training or Regis Jesuit practice.

Meal in car.

Colorado Stars practice.

Ride back home.

Dinner and homework.

Easy peasy.

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