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Missy Franklin will swim for high school team as a senior

Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin will swim for her high school team at Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colo., during her senior year.

Franklin initially decided she would not swim with her high school teammates, worrying about the media impact on the team if she competed. She told KUSA-TV in Denver that it was a difficult decision.

Her father, Dick Franklin, said the family reached the decision after Missy chose to commit to California-Berkeley.

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"There were a lot of concerns on her part in terms of what it meant and how other people were feeling about her competing or not competing," Dick Franklin said. "She didn't want to upset anybody and she wanted to do the right thing."

Missy Franklin met with her high school swim coach and Regis' athletic director over a week ago to discuss the issue. Both encouraged her to swim with Regis.

She has support from classmates as well. "We watched her go from nationals, to breaking a world record and she never changed," Abby Cutler said.

Even though she set a world record in the past year, Franklin said the highlight was "winning the state meet with my Regis sisters. It was something I'll never forget."

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Franklin won five medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, including four gold medals and a bronze. She will compete at nationals in Texas this weekend.

Dick Franklin hopes Coloradoans get to see his daughter swim one last time. "She's only got nine more months in Colorado. There are going to be very few chances for Colorado people to be able to watch her swim again. Then she leaves for California and she will be there for quite some time."

With her Regis team, she will swim in two dual meets and at the state meet. She isn't able to compete in more meets because of her travel schedule with USA Swimming.

Preheim and Lynch write for KUSA-TV in Denver.

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