Franklin swims in 1st meet of year for high school

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AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- This should come as no surprise: Missy Franklin easily qualified for state in all four events she entered at a high school dual meet on Tuesday.

To think, she almost skipped her senior year of swimming at Regis Jesuit in Aurora. After winning four gold medals in London, the 17-year-old weighed whether to join her teammates after criticism arose over whether her presence took away from other swimmers.

In the end, Franklin elected to participate and kicked off her season against rival Highlands Ranch in fine fashion. No one came close to catching her as she eclipsed the state times in the 200 individual medley and 500 free. She also swam the opening legs of the 200 and 400 free relays.

Franklin will attend California next year.