Coach Eric Craven of Cherry Creek High used the LeBron James analogy.
“Look at it this way: LeBron James was the No. 1 pick in the NBA, right?" he said. "Well, I'm sure there were people complaining about that. They're like, 'Why is LeBron playing basketball in high school?' Because he wanted to represent his school, wanted to be with his teammates, wanted to represent Ohio. It's the same thing Missy is going through. She wants to represent the school. This is a good thing.”
Franklin, who will take her talents to Berkeley next year to swim for California, is known for accommodating fans, too. During high school meets she would often stay afterward and sign autographs for all those who wanted one.
In the last two years, she broke state records in the 100 and 200 freestyle events as well as the 50 free, 100 backstroke and as a member of the 400 free relay team. At the state meet, she'll be going after records in the 200 individual medley and 500 free.
Franklin, who can also compete in two relays, has been quiet on the subject of the state meet, saying recently at a Grand Prix event, "To be a part of it, I'm so happy."
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