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Olympian Franklin swims in 1st meet of year for high school


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"We find 100 different ways to goof off," she said.

And support each other. When she wasn’t competing, Franklin was encouraging her teammates down the lane.

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"She’s so good for our athletes, our swimmers," Regis Jesuit coach Nick Frasersmith said. "It really brings the level of swimming up in Colorado. It’s what Missy is and what swimming is about, working for your teammates and enjoying it."

Franklin was exhausted after the meet as the day finally caught up to her. That’s what happens when someone stays out late to hang out with Bieber, who treated her to quite a show. He even taught her how to ride a Segway scooter.

"Then he offered to show us the stage!" said Franklin, who went to the concert with a friend.

Franklin was quite a popular attraction at Pepsi Center herself. Fans were climbing over seats to get her autograph, even over former Colorado Avalanche great Joe Sakic.

"I thought it was so funny, that out of the entire Pepsi Center, Joe Sakic and I end up in the exact same row," Franklin said. "What are the odds of that? I thought it was great."

She got home from the concert around midnight and had to be up for swim practice four hours later. On top of that, it was the school’s first day back after winter break.

"I was (yawning) all through school," said Franklin, who will swim in another dual meet next Tuesday. "But I gave 110 percent (at the meet)."

"The second I made the decision, I felt 100 times better — to work out with my friends and be able to spend time with them. You get so close with the swim team. I’m so happy I did this."


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