U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin released a statement today praising her experience with the Cal women’s swimming program and saying she will return to Cal to finish her degree while training with men’s head coach Dave Durden.
Franklin swam two years with Teri McKeever and the women’s swimming & diving program at Cal, then turned professional in advance of the 2016 Rio Olympics. In the interim period, she returned to the Colorado Stars and her childhood coach Todd Schmitz.
News broke this week that Franklin would be continuing her training with Durden, who heads up the Cal men’s program in the NCAA and also coaches a group of post-grads – mostly men – at Cal.
In a statement to SwimSwam today, Franklin praised her teammates and coaches with the Cal women, but said she felt the environment of Durden’s group was the best fit for her in the professional realm.
Franklin also noted that she’ll be finishing up her undergraduate degree in psychology while training at Cal. Her full statement:
I am back in California and will be working to finish my degree in psychology at UC Berkeley. I am excited to get back in the water and train with the strong group of post-grads at Cal under Coach Dave Durden. I had such an amazing time as a student-athlete at Cal, training under Coach Teri McKeever and swimming with such an amazing group of women, and I could not be more grateful to have spent my two years as a collegiate athlete with this group. Now, training as a professional athlete, I am confident that this environment is exactly what I need and it will be best for myself and those around me. I can’t wait to cheer on the women’s team at their meets this season and support them as a fellow Cal Bear, and to get to know my new teammates even better. Go Bears!