Fast Facts

  • Began swimming at the age of 5.
  • Is 6-foot 1-inch tall with women's size 13 feet.
  • Has both U.S. and Canadian citizenship.
  • At age 13, competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, but failed to make the team.
  • Had breakout performance at the 2011 World Championships, winning three gold medals, one silver and one bronze.
  • Was named the FINA women's Swimmer of the Year for 2011.
  • Set world short-course records in the 200m backstroke and the 4x100m medley relay in 2011.


  • Dick Franklin — Father
  • D.A. Franklin — Mother


  • Attends University of California, Berkeley, California, United States


  • Birth Name: Melissa Jeanette Franklin
  • Birth Place: Pasadena, California, United States
  • Birthday: May 10, 1995, Taurus
  • Profession: Swimmer
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