Updated Oct 20, 2012 - 6:50 pm
Olympic star Missy Franklin commits to Cal
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Olympic star Missy Franklin has verbally committed to attend the University of California, ending the pursuit of one of the most sought after swimming recruits.
"Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley! I am officially a baby Golden Bear?????? I am so honored to be a part of such a special team! (hash)GoBears," Franklin tweeted Saturday.
Franklin will be reunited with Cal coach Teri McKeever, who directed the U.S. women's team at the London Olympics, where Franklin won five medals. The 17-year-old won the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events, earned gold medals in the 400 medley and 800 freestyle relays, and a bronze in the 400 freestyle relay.
Franklin will join Olympic teammate Rachel Bootsma on the Bears. Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer, two of her other Olympic teammates, starred at Cal.
Franklin, a senior at Regis Jesuit High in Aurora, Colo., had made earlier recruiting visits to Georgia and Texas. As a result of her decision, Franklin won't make a scheduled visit to Southern California.
Cal can't comment on the commitment until Franklin signs a letter of intent.
Franklin only plans to swim collegiately for her first two years, and then will turn pro in 2015, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to Swimming World.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Bonneville Media encourages site users to express their opinions by posting comments. Our goal is to maintain a civil dialogue in which readers feel comfortable. At times, the comments can descend to personal attacks. Please do not engage in such behavior. We encourage your thoughtful comments which: have a positive and constructive tone, are on topic, are respectful toward others and their opinions. Bonneville reserves the right to remove comments which do not conform to these criteria.
Trading Iwakuma could bolster M's offense
- Danny O'Neil
Irvin's suspension is a reality check for Hawks
- Brock and Danny
Ackley, Montero not much help during M's hot streak
- How Earl Thomas can take the next step
- Seahawks DE Bruce Irvin suspended 4 games
- Irvin's suspension is a reality check for the Seahawks
- Seahawks' Bruce Irvin suspended four games by NFL
- Seahawks sign rookie fullback Spencer Ware
- Take your pick: 49ers' or Seahawks' defensive line
- More Seattle Seahawks »