CHATTANOOGA, TN- On Thursday evening July 2nd, the Baylor Swim Club hosted a private question and answer zoom meeting for its members and athletes with Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and Baylor School alumni Kristen Vredeveld.
Baylor Swim Club athletes were asked to submit questions ahead of time for Missy and Kristen to answer. Franklin and Vredeveld have a unique bond, as they are great friends and were college roommates during their time swimming at the University of California at Berkley. Franklin and Vredeveld discussed various topics that ranged from swimmers’ diet, the best memories of their swimming careers, and how athletes have to deal with adversity in and out of the pool.
Missy Franklin is a five-time Olympic gold medalist and multiple world record-holder in the sport of swimming. Franklin became a household name during the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won four gold medals and one bronze medal, becoming one of the most decorated athletes of the Games.
Kristen Vredeveld was an NCAA champion, member of USA Swimming’s National Junior team, US Olympic Trials qualifier (2012 & 2016), and multiple TISCA State Champion. At Baylor School, Vredeveld was a 16-time state champion and she set a 15-16 NAG record in the 50 freestyle. Vredeveld still holds school records in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free.
See complete bios for Missy Franklin and Kristen Vredeveld below.
Franklin became a household name during the 2012 Olympic Games in London when she won four gold medals and one bronze medal, becoming one of the most decorated athletes of the Games. She won gold in the 100-meter back, 200-meter back, 4×200-meter free relay and 4×100-meter medley relay, and won bronze in the 4×100-meter free relay. Franklin’s performance in the 200-meter backstroke broke the world record in the event and also marked the first time that an American had won the event in 40 years.
She followed her Olympic success by winning six gold medals at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, becoming the most-decorated female swimmer in history at a single World Championships. At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Missy made history again, becoming the first woman to earn 11 career World Championship titles.
See the link below for her complete bio
See links below to her Touch the Wall documentary film and some of Missy’s best races.
- Touch the Wall documentary film
- RACE VIDEO- Missy Franklin Takes Gold and breaks the World Record in the 200-meter backstroke- 2012 London Olympic Games
Vredeveld became an NCAA Champion as a member of Cal Berkeley’s 200 freestyle relay in 2016.
As a member of the 2011-2012 U.S. National Junior Team Vredeveld won a gold medal as a member of the 400m freestyle relay at the FINA World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru. She also came in fourth in the 50m freestyle.
At Baylor School Vredeveld is a 16-time state champion and she set a 15-16 NAG record in the 50 freestyle. Vredeveld still holds school records in the 50 free (22.17), 100 free (48.32), and 200 free (1:45.63).
After college, Vredeveld worked for Teach America in Atlanta, GA and she is now pursuing her law degree at Boston University.
See more at the links below