Vollmer, the 100-meter butterfly gold medalist in London, swam for her high school in Texas after competing at the 2004 Olympics and remembers hearing the criticism too. But she knew representing Granbury High offered an experience that even the sport's biggest stage couldn't.
"It just felt like high school was my hometown. It was where I grew up," she said. "It was my friends that I'd had since kindergarten."
Franklin hopes to recapture that spirit as she makes this decision.
"I think I'm letting it get too stressful, and that's not the point," she said. "The point of high school to me is to have fun and enjoy it."
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