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Sep 20, 2013 8:22 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Olympian Missy Franklin races at swim meet at Cal Poly

Four-time gold medal Olympian Missy Franklin visited Cal Poly on Friday to partake in the very sport that has put her in the spotlight.

Franklin, who is an 18-year old freshman at Cal Berkeley, won four gold medals in swimming at last year's Olympics in London. On Friday, Franklin competed in the King and Queen of the Pool swim meet at Cal Poly's Anderson Aquatic Center.

Each swimmer competed in five 100-yard events, including the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle, and individual medley. Franklin's appearance at the meet was her official debut as a freshman and swimmer for Cal Berkeley.

Dozens of fans came out to support both the Mustangs and the Golden Bears, but most eyes in the crowd were on Franklin.

"It's absolutely incredible. It still feels like a dream come true wherever I go, like seeing the fans that come out, it means the absolute world to me. And for people to do that, like I mean, I just can't put words to how much it means to me, because I do this because I love it, and to have people kind of share that enthusiasm with me is the best feeling," said Franklin.

Franklin said it was her first time visiting San Luis Obispo. She said she is not thinking about the Olympics in 2016, rather focusing on her college team and the NCAA Swimming Championships in March 2014.

Missy placed second for Cal Berkeley at the meet. Her teammate Celina Li took the crown for Queen for Cal, while Jill Jones took the title of Queen for Cal Poly.

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