FORT COLLINS -- Was it worth it? Did she enjoy it? And would she do it again? Colorado's Golden Girl responded with a resounding yes to each question.
"It has been incredible," an exhausted and hoarse Missy Franklin said Saturday night at the Edora Pool Ice Center after capping perhaps the most unlikely, celebrated and scrutinized schoolgirl career here and nationally.
The senior at Regis Jesuit High School won races for the Raiders individually and as a relay member, set state and national swimming records and led her teammates to the Class 5A state championship. But she acted just as she did in London, when she won five medals, including four gold, as a member of the U.S Olympic team, saying all the right things, giving credit to others and treating the local stage as she did with the one worldwide.
"Now, I realize why I did this," she said. "It's being with my girls for the last time. It's the very last swim with all of them and for me to have a Regis cap on my head."
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