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  • This weekend is the last time Missy Franklin will compete at the high school level, and it appears that she wants to go out with a bang.

    The four-time Olympic gold medalist set the Colorado state record in the 200 IM while competing for Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) Friday at the 2013 CHSAA Prelims.

    Franklin's time of 1:58.22 broke the existing state record by nearly a full second.

    Watch the video below to see the record-breaking race. You can also see Franklin try to break more records in the Finals live Saturday at 4 p.m., EST.

    Click here to watch the swimming and diving finals

    Franklin was the MaxPreps Girls Athlete of the Year for 2011-12, and set a national record last season at the 5A finals.

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    Franklin won four gold medals at the Austin Grand Prix.

    Missy Franklin, representing the Colorado Stars, won her fourth gold medal on Sunday during the final session of the Austin Grand Prix at the University of Texas.

    The Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) senior, who has only the Colorado state meet left in high school competition, captured the 100-meter backstroke in one minute flat. Earlier during the three-day event she had won the 100- and 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter backstroke.

    Swimming World Magazine reported that the 17-year-old, four-time Olympic gold medalist was favored to win the 200-meter individual medley, but was upset by Karlee Bispo, who was timed in 2:12.49.
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    Missy Franklin won yet another gold medal on Friday.

    Missy Franklin is as good as gold when it comes to competitive swimming.

    On Friday the highly-decorated Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) senior swam the women's 100-meter freestyle in 54.68 seconds to win the gold medal during the Austin Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

    Earlier in the week, the four-time Olympic gold medal winner swam her final home meet to help Regis Jesuit hand Cherry Creek (Greenwood Village, Colo.) only its 19th dual-meet loss in 38 years, according to the Denver Post. The Senior Night event drew spectators from throughout the area — many from other sports who just wanted to see the young phenom for the first time.

    Her final high school competition will be at the Colorado state meet in February.
  • Two high school girls finished 1-2 in balloting for the Associated Press U.S. Female Athlete of the Year.

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    Gabby Douglas

    Gabby Douglas won top honors with 48 of 157 votes from a panel of AP sports editors throughout the U.S.  A home-schooled sophomore from Virginia Beach, Va., she captured the all-around gymnastics gold medal during the 2012 London Olympics.  Still just 16 years old, Douglas also helped the U.S. women win the team gold medal for only the second time in history.

    She is the fourth U.S. woman and the first African-American woman to win the coveted all-around Olympic gold medal. Her efforts also helped the youthful Americans win the Olympic team championship at the London Olympics.

    Douglas is a native of Virginia Beach, Va., but has been living in West Des Moines, Iowa while working with Chow Gymnastics, which has also produced another standout Olympian, Shawn Johnson.

    In Oct. she received the Women's Sports Foundation 2012 Sportswoman of the Year Award Wednesday night during the 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports banquet in New York City

    Douglas told the AP, "I didn't realize how much of an impact I made. My mom and everyone said, 'You really won't know the full impact until you're 30 or 40 years old.' But it's starting to sink in."

    Missy Franklin, a senior at Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), was just seven votes behind in second place. She won four swimming gold medals during the 2012 London Olympics.
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    Missy Franklin

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    Missy Franklin celebrates with a Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) teammate last year during a dual meet. Franklin, who won four gold medals at the London Olympics last summer, has decided to participate for the Raiders this season, according to The Denver Post.

    Missy Franklin is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, but she also is a senior at Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) who loves her school and her prep swimming teammates. That combination led her back to the high school swimming ranks.

    The Denver Post reported late Tuesday night that Franklin has decided to compete for the Raiders this season. She had wrestled with the decision of late for a variety of reasons, including possible competitor concerns.

    "She's doing this because of her team, her school and the other girls who swim in high school," Regis Jesuit girls athletic director John Koslosky told the newspaper. "And she wants to. They all want her there."

    The winter sports season begins today in Colorado, but Franklin is not expected to join the Raiders until after the New Year. The plan is to participate in only a handful of meets, much like last season when she competed in a dual meet against perennial power Cherry Creek, the Continental League championships and state.

    "Don't expect to show up at a Regis Jesuit meet and expect to see her," Koslosky told the Post.

    At the Class 5A state meet last season, Franklin won the 200 freestyle as well as her third consecutive title in the 100 backstroke. Her appearance at the state meet resulted in sell-out crowds and a media frenzy.

    It also created challenges for state officials to accommodate all who were interested in attending, particularly parents of participants. Franklin seemed aware of those issues, but the state's governing body is glad those did not deter her from suiting up for her senior season.

    "The fact that Missy Franklin still sees such joy and excitement by swimming for her high school team and for the chance at another state championship speaks volumes for the importance of high school activities," said Bethany Brookens, an assistant commissioner who manages the sport for the Colorado High School Activities Association.

    "Missy continues to exemplify the importance of swimming for something larger than herself, and we're thrilled she will be representing her high school this season."
  • Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) High School senior Missy Franklin, the world's most famous teen-age female athlete, committed to Cal on Saturday.

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    Missy Franklin, Regis Jesuit

    The winner of four Olympic gold swimming medals and five medals overall at the London Olympics, picked the Bears over Georgia, Texas and USC.

    "Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley," she tweeted. "I am officially a baby Golden Bear????? I am so honored to be part of such a special team! Go Bears."

    According to Swimming World, Franklin only plans to swim in college for two seasons before turning pro in 2015, just before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    She might have been influenced in London by some of her teammates and Cal coach Teri McKeever, who directed the women's team. Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer, two Olympic teammates, starred at Cal. Another teammate Rachel Bootsma is currently at Cal.

    McKeever or officials at Cal can't comment on Franklin's commitment until she signs a letter of intent.

    Missy Franklin is MaxPreps 2011-12 Girls Athlete of the Year


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    Missy Franklin could become the first female swimmer in U.S. history to compete in seven events at a single Olympics.

    How good is Missy Franklin? Well, she has the opportunity to make history at the upcoming Olympics in London.

    Franklin, who just completed her junior year at Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) and swims for the Colorado Stars club team, capped the U.S. Olympic swim trials with a win in the 200-meter backstroke Sunday in Omaha. The victory clinched a fourth qualifying spot for Franklin in an individual event and set her up to compete in seven events in London.

    By racing in all seven events – 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 freestyle, three relays - the 17-year-old Franklin will be the first female swimmer in U.S. history to do so.

    The previous high at a single Olympiad was six events, most recently by Natalie Coughlin and Katie Hoff in 2008. Coughlin won six medals at those Olympics in Beijing.

    "I can't believe I have seven events," Franklin told reporters afterward. "It's so overwhelming but so exciting. The whole week went really, really well."
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    Missy Franklin, Regis Jesuit

    Another event, another spot clinched on the U.S. Olympic swimming team for Missy Franklin.

    Franklin, who set an American record in winning the the 100-meter backstroke Wednesday, added a qualifying spot in the 200 freestyle on Thursday at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha. Neb.

    The 17-year-old Franklin, who just completed her junior year at Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), finished second in the 200 in a time of 1 minute, 56.79 seconds. Allison Schmitt set a U.S. record in winning in 1:54.40.

    According to several reports, Franklin might not compete in the 200 freestyle in London because of the Olympic race schedule, but she raced Thursday to attempt to secure a spot on the 800 relay team. She did so by finishing in the top six.

    Franklin still will compete in the 200 backstroke finals on Sunday. She will be heavily favored in that race.
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    Missy Franklin, who just completed her junior year at Regis Jesuit (Colo.), qualified for the Olympics by setting a U.S. record in the 100-meter backstroke Wednesday.


    The expectations of multiple Olympic gold medals might have overwhelmed a lesser talent. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) standout Missy Franklin is proving, though, that she is in a class of her own.

    Franklin, who just completed her junior year of high school, officially became a member of the U.S. Olympic team, and she did it in style on Wednesday. Franklin set an American record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 58.85 seconds to win the event and clinch an Olympic berth. It also was the top time posted in the world this year.

    In the same race, Rachel Bootsma, who recently graduated from Eden Prairie (Minn.), also qualified for London by finishing second with a time of 59.49. Two-time Olympic champion Natalie Coughlin, who had held U.S. record in the event (58.94), finished third. Only the top two placers qualify.

    "Dreams really do come true," Franklin tweeted after the race (@FranklinMissy). "Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and helped me achieve my goals! Wouldn't be here without you."

    Franklin still will compete in the 200 freestyle finals (Thursday) and the 200 backstroke finals (Sunday).
  • Missy Franklin, a junior from Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), continues to sparkle in national swimming meets.

    Competing in the USA Sectionals in Federal Way, Wash., she set a meet record by winning the women's 200-meter backstroke in 2:09.30, which broke her record 2:11.30 clocking in the prelims. She also won the 100-meter freestyle the same day with a clocking of 54.55 seconds.

    The following day she won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:59.83.

    * Kim Williams of Bellevue (Wash.) proved to be a star on the horizon by shattering a 16-year-old meet record with a 4:48.01 victory in the women's 400-meter individual medley. It also is the fourth-fastest time in the event by a 14-year-old U.S. swimmer.