2008-09: Northwestern's veteran breaststroker ... Swam the team's season-best time in the 100 breast, and ranks on NU's top times list for the year in the 200 breast ... Swam on NU's best 200 and 400 medley relays for the season ... Competed in three separate events at the Big Ten Championships, recording a career-best 55.62 in the 100 breast ... Earned a spot in the consolation final of the 200 breast at the conference meet, finishing 14th overall ... Finished third in both the 100 and 200 breast at the TYR Invitational (11/21) ... Earned first place 100 breast finishes in back-to-back meets against Carthage (1/10) and Notre Dame (1/16) ... Had 13 top-five dual-meet finishes on the year.
2007-08: Northwestern's top breaststroker ... Held NU's top times of the year in the 100 breast and 200 breast ... Swam a career-best and NCAA `B' cut of 2:00.10 in the 200 breast during prelims of the Big Ten Championships, earning a spot in the consolation final, where he later finished 10th overall ... Also competed in the 100 breast (finishing 23rd overall) and 50 free at the conference meet ... Member of the Wildcats' top 200 medley and 400 medley relays, which both earned NCAA `B' provisional qualifying standards at the Big Ten Championships ... Won the championship in the 100 breast at the Georgia Invitational (11/30-12/2) while finishing second in the 200 breast ... Swept the breaststroke events against No. 21 Notre Dame on Jan. 19, recording both of his two dual-meet event wins on the season against the Irish ... Had three other top-three finishes in dual-meet races on the year ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2006-07: Swam a personal-best time of 55.76 in the prelims of the 100 breast at the Big Ten Championships to make the consolation final, where he would finish 16th ... Clocked a personal-best time in the 200 breast (2:02.28) at the Championships as well, finishing 18th in the bonus final .... Also participated in the 100 fly at the Big Ten Championships ... Swept the breaststroke events as the 'Cats defeated No. 16 Notre Dame ... Showed significant improvement from his freshman campaign, setting personal bests in the 100 (55.76) and 200 breast (2:02.28) ... Won the 100 breast at the TYR Invitational, setting a then personal-best in the process ... Also claimed second place in the 200 breast at the TYR Invitational ... Recorded 12 top-four finishes in the breaststroke events ... Ended the season in second for both the 100 and 200 breast on Northwestern's top times list.
2005-06: Was the team's third-fastest swimmer of the year in the 100 breast with a 56.59 at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 21st ... Swam the 200 breast at the Big Ten meet, earning a personal best 2:06.55.
High School: Captained team of only four guys to a second-place finish in the Florida class 1A championship ... Named team's Most Valuable Swimmer twice ... Four-time All-American ... Earned All-State honors during his team's runner-up performance ... Honored as a member of both the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel first teams ... Finished as a runner-up in five events at the state meet ... Earned four region titles and seven district championships ... Member of the 200 medley relay that set the Southern Zone record ... Swam for the Florida Atlantic club team ... Qualified for the U.S Open ... Member of the National Honor Society ... National T-16 swimmer ... Earned highest honors all four years ... Recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award ... Also played water polo and ran track.
Personal: Born John E. Franklin ... Son of Ron and Juana Franklin ... Chose Northwestern over Texas, Florida, USC and North Carolina ... Majoring in communication studies with a business institutions minor.
FRANKLIN'S PERSONAL BESTS
|100 Breast ||55.62 |
|200 Breast ||2:00.10|