|Full name||Claudia Maria Franco Solana|
July 21, 1975 |
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
|Club||Real Canoe NC|
|College team||Stanford University (U.S.)
University of Florida (U.S.)
Franco was born in Madrid, Spain. She is the younger sister of Olympic swimmer Barbara Franco. Both sisters attended Mission Viejo High School in Mission Viejo, California, where they swam for the Mission Viejo high school swim team.
Franco attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she swam for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition in 1993 and 1994. During her two years as a Gator, she won four Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships as a member of the Gators winning relay teams, and received six All-American honors. She subsequently transferred to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where she won five NCAA championships as a member of Stanford's national championship team in 1996.
At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Franco competed in the 50-meter freestyle, the 100-meter freestyle, and the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. She finished twenty-first in the world in both individual events, and the Spanish women's team finished thirteenth in the relay. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, she was again a member of the Spanish Olympic team, and finished eleventh in the 50-meter freestyle, and twenty-first in the 100-meter freestyle, and was a member of the Spanish relay teams that finished fourteenth in the 4x100-meter freestyle and 4x100-meter medley relay events.
- Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Claudia Franco. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
- Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement Archived May 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida (2011). Retrieved April 14, 2012.