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Chelsea Franklin
Position: Free
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.
High School: Cypress Lake HS
Club: Gulf Coast Swim Team
Experience: 3 Letters
Chelsea Franklin - Bio
Courtesy: Arkansas
Release: 10/05/2009
JUNIOR (2011-12): Chelsea Franklin submitted a second straight All-America season for Arkansas her junior year, placing 10th in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships with a time of 16:03.94. Franklin earned qualification for the national meet by finishing fourth in the event at the SEC Championships with a time of 16:08.27. Franklin also competed in the 500 free at the NCAA meet after qualifying at SEC’s with a ‘B‘ Cut time of 4:42.91 and a 10th place finish. Franklin earned six first-place finishes on the season, including the Rice facility record in the 1,650 free at the Rice Invitational with a time of 16:48.09. She placed first in at least one event at four different meets, and had 13 top-three finishes on the year. Not only a distance freestyler, Franklin submitted her top 200 free time of the year at the SEC Championships in 1:49.08, placing 14th to score for Arkansas. She also competed in the 200 fly at two different meets, placing 15th and scoring at the Tennessee Invitational with a time of 2:02.24. Franklin was one of nine 2011-12 Razorbacks to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, earning qualification in both the 400 free and the 800 free.

SOPHOMORE (2010-11):
Franklin had a standout sophomore campaign for the Razorbacks. She highlighted her career with three school records, two facility records and a seventh-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Franklin broke her first facility record at the Arkansas natatorium in the double dual meet against South Carolina/Missouri (Nov. 5). She clocked 9:50.16 in the 1000 freestyle to top the previous record. The second came just weeks later at the Richards Building Pool on the BYU campus (Dec. 3). Her time of 9:58.93 in the 1,000 free was nearly six seconds faster than the previous record. At the 2011 NCAA Championships (March 17), Franklin shattered the 1,650 free record by more than eight seconds and placed seventh overall, earning her first All-America honors as a Razorback. Her time of 15:59.05 blew past the previous record set by Jamie Marks in 2010. With that record-breaking swim, Franklin also posted the program's best time in the 1,000 free with a leadoff time of 4:42.32. Franklin also earned the third and fifth spot on the all-time records list in the mile for her efforts as a sophomore. Franklin's other record-breaking performance came in the 500 free at the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 19) when she surpassed the previous record and clocked 4:42.43. She came back at the 2011 SEC Championships (Feb. 16) to improve that time and set the record at 4:42.32. The sophomore also worked her way into the record books for the 200 free. She holds the third and fourth best times, which she earned during the prelims and finals of the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla.

FRESHMAN (2009-10): Franklin scored 10 top-four finishes as a freshman. She had three wins, the first of which came against Vanderbilt in the 1,650 free with a time of 16:22.29. Franklin had four second-place finishes one of which came against No. 25 Missouri in the 500 free. Her two third-place finishes came in the 1,000 free against Missouri and in the 1,650 free at the Purdue Invitational. Franklin also placed and scored in the 500 free and the 1,650 free events at the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. Both her times in those events represented career-best times for the freshman.

Franklin, a distance freestyler, lettered each of her four years at Cypress Lake High School. While at Cypress, Franklin earned multiple All-America honors in the 200 and 500 free, winning conference championships in the 200 free and a Florida high school state title in the 500 free. At age 14, Franklin was a member of the National Junior Team. In the summer of 2008, she was the sole female from the Gulf Coast Swim Team to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials, competing in the 400 freestyle.

The youngest daughter of Rick and Sandy Franklin, Chelsea Lynn Franklin was born in Fort Myers, Fla., on Sept. 7, 1990. Franklin is studying elementary education and  hopes to become a teacher after college. She chose Arkansas because she loved the coaches and the atmosphere around the program.

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