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Golden Nuggets: Missy Franklin is Laureus World Sports's Sportswoman of the Year!

Missy Franklin receives a huge award (in Malaysia!) for her accomplishments in the pool.


The awards just keep coming for Missy Franklin, who was recognized as the Pac-12's Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.

Since the award was first established in 2000, Golden Bears have earned the honor five times, most recently with Elizabeth Pelton last year. Others to receive the recognition are Natalie Coughlin in 2001, Liv Jensen in 2009 and Caitlin Leverenz in 2010.

At the Pac-12 meet, Franklin won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.17, the 200 free in 1:42.29 and the 500 free in 4:35.73. In addition, she helped Cal to victories in the 400 and 800 free relay and 400 medley relay, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay.

And just in case you've forgotten the other accolades she's collected in her young career here.

Franklin was the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December and February and was tabbed the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet for her performance at the conference championships.

But right now, Franklin is just in Kuala Lumpur receiving the award for Sportswoman of the Year from Laureus World Sports Awards. No big deal.

Eighteen-year-old Franklin won the main women's prize after an outstanding year that saw her become the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Swimming World Championships.

"This is such a dream come true," Franklin, who has eschewed the monetary gains of turning professional to attend the University of California, said after accepting her award. "I have to thank Laureus for even considering me.

Franklin's achievements at that event are detailed by

Individually, she won the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter freestyle, while she was also a member of the victorious USA squads in the 400- and 800-meter free relay and 400-meter medley relay. Earlier in the summer, she finished in first place in four individual events at U.S. Nationals--100 and 200 back and 100 and 200 free.

Franklin got plenty of on-screen time as she was interviewed by host Benedict Cumberbatch.

Some more pictures from the event.

Can you even imagine doing all of this as a college student? Speaking of that student status, Franklin definitely has her priorities straight.

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