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Olympic Swim Star Missy Franklin Picks CAL Over USC

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Missy Franklin of the United States celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 100m Backstroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Missy Franklin of the United States celebrates with her gold medal during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 100m Backstroke on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)-Olympic swim star Missy Franklin has made a decision of forgoing a professional career and verbally committing to the Univserisy of Ironical, Berkeley.

“Committed to swim at Cal Berkeley! I am officially a baby Golden Bear?????? I am so honored to be a part of such a special team! (hash)GoBears,” Franklin tweeted Saturday.

Cal head coach had a bit advantage on recruiting the swim star as she coached the women’s Olympic swim team, where she won four gold medals – 100, 200-meter backstroke, 400 medley and 800 freestyle, and a bronze in the 400 freestyle relay.

USC was a strong consideration for Franklin, but she canceled her scheduled visit to Los Angeles after committing Saturday to the Golden Bears.

The school cannot comment on the commit until she signs the letter of intent.

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