AURORA, Colorado, November 28. NOT long after choosing UC-Berkeley as her college home, Missy Franklin had another tough decision to make: to swim or not to swim for Regis Jesuit High School for one more season.

With pressure mounting from all sides, Franklin decided this week to participate in the Colorado high school season, after weeks of weighing the pros and cons. Parents of other high school swimmers complained that Franklin's participation in last season's high school championships caused standing room-only attendance that kept many parents out of the main pool arena, forced instead to watch their swimmers on a TV screen in an overflow room. But Franklin had insisted all along that she wanted to compete with her team at Regis, getting a thrill out of racing with her classmates.

"I'm so excited to be swimming some high school meets with my sisters at Regis Jesuit," Franklin told Swimming World today. "It will be so much fun to finish my Colorado swimming (years) with these wonderful friends and teammates. It's one of the perfect ways to end my four years at Regis."


As with last season, Franklin will not compete in every meet on Regis' schedule. She only swam in one dual meet, as well as the regional and state championships, and Regis athletic director John Koslosky told the Denver Post that Franklin could take on the same schedule this season.

The first dual meet for the Regis Raiders is today against Chaparral, but Franklin won't be there. She's attending the USA Swimming nationals in Austin, Texas, where she's entered in six events.

All eyes will be on Franklin's performances at the state meet in February, where she will be chasing her own national independent high school records in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 back. The overall national high school records in those events could be in jeopardy as well, though Franklin will have to work harder to combat the effects of altitude. The state meet will be held February 8 and 9 at the Edora Pool Ice Center, which stands at 5,500 feet above sea level.




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