One of the nation’s most coveted recruits has made a commitment. No, this isn’t about a Top 100 basketball player. It’s Missy Franklin, the high schooler who won the United States four Olympic gold medals in London over the summer. Franklin announced on Saturday that she will attend California, a vaunted swimming program that also produced Natalie Coughlin, the woman who owned the 100m backstroke record that Franklin broke over the summer.
‘Baby Golden Bear’
Franklin shared the news via her Twitter account.
Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley! I am officially a baby Golden Bear! I am so honored to be apart of such a special team! #GoBears
She chose Cal over Georgia and Texas. She will be joining a school that won the last two national championships.
After becoming one of Team USA’s most successful and well-liked athletes, she could have earned endorsement money. Instead, Franklin turned down endorsements to keep her NCAA eligibility intact. Swimming World reports Franklin will swim collegiately for two years before turning pro in 2015 to prepare for the 2016 Olympics.
She will have plenty to talk about during her school’s orientation. In addition to winning five medals total in London, Franklin visited “The Tonight Show,” flipped a coin for the Denver Broncos and threw out a first pitch at a Colorado Rockies game.
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Source: Yahoo Sports
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