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Missy Franklin expected to make Cal debut Friday

Missy Franklin

University of California freshman swimmer Missy Franklin smiles during a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. One of the most renowned swimmers in the world, Franklin won four gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and recently captured a record six gold medals at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona. She will be joining a Cal women s program that claimed NCAA team titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and was the national runner-up this past season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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The name for Missy Franklin‘s first college swimming competition is fitting: Queen of the Pool.

Franklin is expected to compete in Cal’s season-opening meet hosted by Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Cal Athletics said. In the meet, swimmers go against each other in a pentathlon -- 100 yards for all four strokes plus a 100-yard individual medley.

NCAA competitions are done in yards, so it will be tough to measure Franklin’s NCAA times with her top times from major international meets.

But swimming fans who yearn to see how Franklin fares across all stroke disciplines should be appeased. Franklin has only done the backstroke and freestyle in World Championships and Olympics.

Her competition will be tough. Cal won the NCAA title in 2011 and 2012 and was runner-up to Georgia this past season. Olympic teammate Rachel Bootsma won Queen of the Pool last year in her first college meet.

On Saturday, Franklin and Bootsma could be part of co-ed relays. Remember that FINA approved mixed-gender relays in July, meaning they could be in place for the 2015 World Championships.

Here’s video of Cal’s female freshmen swimmers, including Franklin, serenading the men’s water polo team with the school’s fight song, an annual tradition:

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