Missy tells 9NEWS reporter Cheryl Preheim that it was a hard decision. Initially she was not going to swim with her high school team saying she wanted to do the right thing for her teammates. She worried about the media impact on the team if she decided to swim with them.
Her father, Dick Franklin, said the decision came after a very hard decision over which college she was going to go to.
“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,” Franklin’s father said. “She didn’t want to upset anybody and she wanted to do the right thing.”
Missy met with her high school swim coach and athletic director over a week ago to discuss the decision. Both encouraged her to swim with Regis. It isn’t about winning, they said. The Athletic Director at Regis Jesuit said, “Her team loves her and they want to celebrate their senior year together.” He says Missy deserves to have that experience too.
Missy’s friends at school say she is down to earth and just herself there. Her friend Abby Cutler said, “We watched her go from Nationals, to breaking a world record and she never changed.” Cutler says even five Olympic medals have not changed Missy. She is the same friend they’ve always known. High School has been the place she can be “just Missy.”
Even in a year that Missy set a world record she told 9NEWS, “The highlight of that year was winning the state meet with my Regis sisters it was something I’ll never forget.”
Missy 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 hopes Coloradoans get to see Missy 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 duals meets and at the state swim meet. She isn’t able to compete in more meets because of her travel schedule with USA Swimming.
Missy has signed a letter of intent to swim with the University of California at Berkeley team in college.