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“The best part of staying amateur is that I am still able to do things like this,” Franklin said after winning all four races in a high-school meet last week. “I have given up so much for that.” Remaining an amateur will also let Franklin swim next year for the University of California, Berkeley.
But some high-school rivals view her as more of a pain in the pool.
“It’s really frustrating when Missy kind of shines above everything,” said Bonnie Brandon, who before graduating last spring was Colorado’s greatest-ever female high-school swimmer next to Franklin. “She’s No. 1 in the world, and No. 1 in the state, and then I’m No. 2 in the state.…It’s just hard being in close proximity,” said Brandon, now a University of Arizona swimming star.