(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she's on dry land.
Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn't fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time for the Americans, and she's the only swimmer from the afternoon to be picked for the final.
Schmitt will swim the leadoff leg before handing off to three more rested swimmers: Maya DiRado, Leah Smith and Katie Ledecky, who will be going for her third gold medal of these games.
Franklin said after the prelims that she was fine with whatever the coaches decided and merely wants what's best for the team.
Even though Franklin isn't swimming, she would receive whatever medal the team earns in the final, as would the other preliminary swimmers. With Ledecky as the anchor, the Americans are favored to win gold.
It's still a disappointment for Franklin, who failed to reach the final of the 200-meter freestyle earlier this week. While she tried to keep her characteristic smile, she couldn't hide the disappointment.
So heartbroken by my results from last night. Doing everything I can to keep my head up and keep fighting with all I have
— Missy Franklin (@missyfranklin) August 9, 2016