World champion Missy Franklin failed to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final after making a late decision to compete despite a sore back on the opening morning of the Pan Pacific championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
A half-hour later, the Cal sophomore was back in the pool and swam fast enough to advance in the 100 backstroke, an event she won at the 2012 London Olympics.
Katie Ledecky led qualifiers in the 200 free in 1 minute. 56.45 seconds, with Australia's Melanie Schlanger second-fastest in 1:57. 29 and Shannon Vreeland in 1:57:40 on Thursday (Australia time). Franklin had the fourth-quickest time across the five heats but was behind U.S. teammates Ledecky and Vreeland. At the Pan Pacs only the two fastest swimmers from each nation make the A final.
Franklin, who won six gold medals at the world championship last year, had back spasms in training Tuesday and was in doubt for the meet until she completed her warm-up ahead of her two events in the first session.
"The scariest part for me was probably my starts, because my backstroke start was what set it off originally," she said. "I was a little worried -- I hadn't done one since that incident. But I was able to get up and get out."
In the backstroke, Franklin was the fastest of the U.S. qualifiers in 1:00.60, finishing just behind Australians Emily Seebohm and Belinda Hocking.
"There's definitely some discomfort still. But it's getting much, much better," Franklin said, adding she'd swim in the B Final of the 200 free, as well. "My coach and I decided I'm going to do both tonight. I figured, heck, why not? I'm just going to go for it."
Franklin was originally scheduled to swim the 100 and 200 freestyles, 100 and 200 backstrokes and relays at the Pan Pacs.
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Staff writer Diamond Leung and wire services contributed to this report.