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.
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.
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.
Missy Franklin taller than Mark Spitz ... pic.twitter.com/wQdoE6IW9j— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) March 26, 2014
Can you even imagine doing all of this as a college student? Speaking of that student status, Franklin definitely has her priorities straight.
- Paul "Boomer" Andrew, who played rugby and football as one of Pappy's Boys, has passed away. A public memorial for Andrew will be held on April 4. We at CGB send our condolences to his family.
- Brittany Boyd and Missy Franklin had two of the Pac-12's top plays of the week.
- There's enough hatred between Cal and Stanfurd to warrant the creation of the first-ever Big Game Birdwatching event
- Support this architecture alumnus's proposal for a Lego Campanile!
Men's Swimming and Diving
- The projected top ten at the NCAA Championships after some preliminary events
Here are the projected top 10 teams following this morning's prelims (no diving), with points change: pic.twitter.com/oxAa2EniNn— USA Swimming Stats (@USASwimStats) March 27, 2014
- Alicia Asturias and Charlie Owens received All-Pac-12 honors on their all-around teams
- Highlights of the Bears' third-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships
- Brittany Boyd is one of the WBCA All-Region VIII honorees, which makes her eligible to be a WBCA All-American
- Mikayla Lyles is a Pac-12 All Academic honorable mention pick
- Despite strong play by Jabari Bird and some last-minute heroics by Justin Cobbs, Cal couldn't upset SMU, which has been stellar at home, in the NIT Quarterfinals
- Jorge Gutierrez was ejected from the Nets' game with the Bobcats for a flagrant foul (video within link)
- Alex Morgan played Take Your Pick with ESPN
Women's Water Polo
- Roser Tarrago thinks the Cal atmosphere is "perfect" and "better than" the Olympic, Worlds, and National teams she has been on
- Two Cal players finished in the top 20 at the SDSU Farms Invitational, resulting in a sixth overall finish for Cal
- Check out some old-timey football footage (which claims to be the oldest Cal football footage, from 1928) of Cal vs. USC, featuring some classic Cal-created card stunts
- Uncle Ted ranks the best returning offensive three-headed monsters (passer, rusher, and receiver) of the Pac-12 North; despite having all three return from last year, we're the bottom of the division
- Our defensive three-headed monster (tackler, sack-er, and intercepter) is also the bottom of the division and probably deservedly so
- A nice hype video for receivers from the Dykes/Franklin system
- QB Aaron Rodgers spent some of his free time getting to know a group of Milwaukee sisters (video autoplays)
- The latest on DeSean Watch 2014 (video autoplays). WR DeSean Jackson is one reason the Eagles will have issues with their salary cap and they can't afford to lose LB Mychal Kendricks (more autoplaying).
- Cal Football Spring Preview: The Offense
- Cal Football Spring Preview: The Defense
- Golden Scholars: Berkeley has a new superstar scientist, finds a new threat in thirdhand smoke, and helps students' start-ups
- Instant Reaction: SMU 67 Cal 65: Cal's season ends right at the footstep of a NYC trip
- Cal spring football defensive line preview: "You're a big guy!" "For you."