National Signing Day Lighting Up the Twitterverse

PHOENIX, Arizona, November 14. TODAY is the day where the top college-bound high school seniors across the country put their words into action: National Signing Day. Since the beginning of the college recruiting seasons, news of verbal commitments have rolled in. However, it isn't official until said recruit puts pen to paper, signing their letter of intent to the university and athletic program of their choice.

Needless to say, recruits aren't the only ones excited about their commitment. Twitter feeds are alive and abuzz with teammates and coaches congratulating the new additions to their programs, and welcoming the class of 2017 to the world of college swimming.

Without a doubt, the biggest recruit of the 2012 was five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. Franklin showcased her collegiate commitment last month, when she showed up to her Morning Swim Show interview decked out from head to toe in California gear. But it wasn't official until she signed the papers this morning.

Cal Athletics Tweeted the following about the event:

This Tweet was followed by Franklin posting a YouTube video talking about her official commitment to the Cal program:

Franklin's Colorado STARS coach, Todd Schmitz also Tweeted the following congratulations:

Franklin's former Colorado STARS teammate, and now Cal Golden Bears teammate, 2010 National Champion Caroline Piehl Tweeted out congratulations to the Cal class of 2017:

However, Franklin wasn't the only one earning congratulations for her commitment. Number 6 recruit Chelsea Chenault and number 15 recruit Madison White, classmates and teammates at Carondelet High School, Tweeted out the following picture early in the day, visually displaying their commitments to USC and UCLA:

University of Florida swimmer, and two-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel was quick to Tweet out congratulation to all of the recruits signing at her alma mater:

Auburn head coach Brett Hawke took to Twitter to express his excitement at signing Pine-Richland High School's Kristen Murslack, who specializes in the breaststroke and medley events:

This was followed by Murslack posting a picture signing the letter of intent to Auburn:

Butler, Florida State University and Stanford also got in on the party, sending out congratulatory Tweets to their own committed recruits:

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