CORVALLIS, Ore. — If you want to see an Olympic gold medalist up close, you’ll get the chance Friday.
Swimmer Missy Franklin will be competing at Oregon State University.
The 18-year-old won four gold medals in last year’s Olympics while she was still in high school. She’s now a freshman at Cal and will be swimming Friday at OSU’s season opener.
The Beavers say they’re excited to swim against the Olympian, but they also say they’ve worked really hard to prepare for the season.
“It’s also going to be about them there, watching us and seeing what we do,” said OSU swimmer Sammy Harrison. “And it’ll be nice to have an audience.”
Harrison says it’s an honor for OSU to be hosting Franklin’s team, but the Beavers will be there to compete.
“We’ve been working really hard these last three weeks – the whole team has,” said OSU swimmer Crystal Kibby. “It’s a brand new team this year and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
Though both Harrison and Kibby say they’re not getting their hopes up too high to beat Franklin in her events, they say it’s still a competition.
“I just think it’s good for our ladies to see that kind of quality and to know what can be done,” said Larry Liebowitz, OSU Women’s Swim Coach.
The meet is free to attend, and it’s at Dixon Rec Center on campus. It starts at 4 p.m. The doors open at at 2:30. Dixon Rec Center says those who attend will want to get there early because seating is limited.