Missy Franklin to Swim for Cal

Olympian signs letter of intent

Adam Roy

Five-time Olympic medalist Missy Franklin will swim for University of California, Berkeley, the school announced this week. Franklin, of Centennial, Colorado, signed a letter of intent to compete for the school on Wednesday. The 17-year-old swimmer, who won four gold medals at the London Games, plans to join the collegiate team for two years and turn pro before the 2016 Rio Games, but will finish her degree. Franklin will be working with a familiar face at Cal: the Golden Bears’ head coach, Teri McKeever, also headed up the U.S. women’s swim team at the London Olympics. “Does Missy Franklin have the ability to make millions? Yes, I think she does,” McKeever said. “If she earns a degree and broadens her 17-year-old person, she’s going to be more marketable and make a bigger difference in the world.”