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Missy Franklin

Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.)
junior Missy Franklin continues to make her mark in the international swimming world.

Franklin swam the anchor leg of the 400-meter medley relay Friday to help the U.S. team to a world record in the event at the Duel in the Pool in Atlanta. She joined with teammates Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer to complete the short-course event in 3 minutes, 45.56 seconds. The previous record was 3:47.97.

Franklin posted on her Twitter account @FranklinMissy shortly after the race: "So proud of @NatalieCoughlin @rebsoniand @danavollmer for being such an inspiration and so honored to be on a WR relay with them!!!!:)"

After swimming the freestyle anchor leg in the winning relay, the 16-year-old Franklin later won the 200-meter backstroke, an event in which she set the world record in October.

According to the Associated Press, Franklin trailed for most of the individual race before pulling ahead of Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds over the final 50 meters. She won with a time of 2:00.14, which was 0.11 seconds off her world-record mark.

Because of her U.S. National Team schedule, Franklin has not yet competed for her high school team this season, but reportedly will swim with Regis Jesuit later this season.