Missy Franklin shines at Austin Grand Prix


Stars were stars this weekend during the Austin Grand Prix at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. But no star had as big a weekend as Missy Franklin, who claimed four first-place finishes.

On Friday, Franklin got off on the right foot, winning the 100-meter free. But the night ultimately belonged to Nathan Adrian, who not only won the men’s 100-meter free, but also broke the pool record — which had been held since 1988 by Matt Biondi — by a tenth of a second.

On Saturday, Franklin owned the show, winning the 200-meter free and 200-meter backstroke. The 200-meter backstroke ended her night in a similar fashion to Adrian’s — with a pool record. Texas ex Ricky Berens also won an event, while Adrian won the splash-and-dash (nickname for the 50-meter free).

To round out the festivities Sunday, Ryan Lochte finally took gold. He swam away from his competition in his main event, the 200-meter medley. Franklin also capped off her grand prix, winning at least one event every day.

Texas-ex Karlee Bispo won twice, both times edging out Franklin in some of the tightest races of the evening. Current Longhorn Michael McBroom took first in the 1500-meter free, just like he did at Winter Nationals in November.

The next stop for the 2012-2013 Arena Grand Prix is Feb. 14-16 in Orlando, Fla.