Missy Franklin seems to be everywhere at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
The video boards at CenturyLink Center play clips of the four-time Olympic gold medalist reading a heartfelt letter to her parents and promoting swim lessons. Children wear blue T-shirts with Franklin’s name on the back. Her picture, complete with the ever-present grin that helped make her the darling of the London Olympics, adorns arena doors.
The gregarious 21-year-old entered the meet as one of the main attractions, but Tuesday she became one more example of the rapidly changing face of U.S. swimming.
Franklin faded to a surprising...