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Gold medalist compete for high school titles


March 16. 2013 9:23PM
The Associated Press

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DENVER — The teen sensation will perform in front of a capacity crowd this weekend, hoping to treat the fans to one last splashy show.


And no, Justin Bieber hasn't suddenly added a concert date in the Mile High City.


This ticket is even harder to come by as Regis Jesuit senior Missy Franklin concludes her high school swimming career at the Class 5A state championships in Fort Collins, Colo. Franklin, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and 500 free, along with perhaps two more relay events.


Interested in attending?


Sorry, it's sold out. Has been for quite some time.


The Colorado High School Activities Association allocated roughly 90 percent of the nearly 990 available tickets to schools so that all parents of qualified swimmers had a chance to see their kids swim.


The few remaining tickets went fast, especially with fans of Franklin hoping to see the 17-year-old swim one final time in her prep career before heading off to the University of California at Berkeley.


Then again, this event usually draws a crowd with or without Franklin.


The ever-cheerful Franklin nearly didn't swim this season for her high school team after criticism arose over whether her presence took away from other swimmers. In the end, she did and her two dual meets last month drew huge crowds. She stayed long after the competition to pose for photos with competitors and sign autographs for kids, who wanted to be the next Missy Franklin.


I think most people are pleased that she is completing her high school career with the team she started with, said Bert Borgmann, the assistant commissioner of CHSAA.




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