U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin was a four-time medalist in the 2012 London Olympics and became one of the most talked about young American Olympians. Now, Franklin is going to have one final year to dominate the competition.
Before taking her talents to the collegiate level, Franklin will return to compete for her high school swim team at Regis Jesuit High School. That’s right, the four-time Olympic medal winner will be competing in the pool against her fellow high schoolers on an abbreviated schedule before she heads to college.
Regis Jesuit athletic director John Koslosky announced that Franklin would be competing for the Raiders swim team on Wednesday.
“She’s doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school,” Koslosky said. “And she wants to. They all want her there.”
Franklin will not return to the high school swim team until after the holidays but she was committed to swim one last time with her high school teammates.
“It will be limited,” he said. “Last year, there were all sorts of cameras everywhere. … Missy was concerned about it, and I think that’s what made her struggle in making this decision. But she said she wanted to pass on turning pro and attend college, and she signed to do that, and she said she wants to swim with her teammates and her school.”
Last season, Franklin just swam in a dual meet, a league gathering and the state championships. You can expect a similar schedule for Franklin this season.