Nov 15, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT
Missy Franklin could have chosen any college swim program in the country after winning four golds in London, and she arguably chose the best.
The 17-year-old officially signed her letter of intent Wednesday to swim at Cal Berkeley, which has won three of the last four national championships and boasts alumni like Natalie Coughlin.
Missy said she plans to swim for two seasons at Cal before going pro in 2015 in preparation for the Rio Olympics, at which she’ll likely be the face of Team USA. She does, however, plan to earn a degree from the university and continue swimming with the team and coach Teri McKeever, who helmed the U.S. Olympic team in London.
“I can’t wait to be a part of that team,” the 17-year-old said in a video post. “I hope to bring whatever it is they need. I can’t wait to get to know the girls better. I am so excited.”
To be fair, the back-to-back national champs don’t need much, but Missy brings with her Olympic experience, five medals, three world championships, two world records, and smile that could break any opponent. She’ll join Olympic teammate Rachel Bootsma on the squad in Berkley next September.
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