Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin to swim for Cal

Sunday October 21st, 2012

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin committed to swim for Cal, thus keeping her amateur status. (Donna Ward/Getty Images)

Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin has committed to swim for the University of California-Berkeley, reports USA Today.

"I instantly felt at home there," Franklin said on Saturday. "The team dynamic is incredible. The friends I swim with in college will be the bridesmaids at my wedding. You can't put a price on friendship. You can't put a price on being part of a team."

Franklin wanted to keep her amateur status so she could be eligible to swim in college.

At Cal, she will swim for Teri McKeever, who was also the head coach of the U.S. Olympic women's team. Franklin won four gold medals and a bronze at the 2012 London Olympics and narrowed her list to four colleges Georgia, Texas, Southern Cal, and Cal Berkeley.

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