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August 6, 2013

OSU’s Jordan Niebrugge wins 2013 Western Amateur

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ROLAND, Ark. — Oklahoma State University sophomore Jordan Niebrugge has claimed the 111th Western Amateur title — his third win in just three weeks.

Niebrugge claimed the title on Monday in a rain-delayed match that resumed at 7 a.m. at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark. Niebrugge won the first three holes, including birdies on the 10th and 11th holes, to take a 3-up lead with seven holes to play.

For Niebrugge, the win is another step forward in his quest to earn a spot on the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team. His next stop is the U.S. Amateur Aug. 12-18 at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.

In a span of just 17 days, Niebrugge has won three tournaments, including the U.S. Public Links, the Wisconsin State Amateur and the Western Amateur.

Franklin heads off to college with 6 gold medals

BARCELONA, Spain — Missy Franklin can’t wait to head to college.

Boy, will she have some stories to tell the other freshmen.

And a lot of gold to show off.

With one last swim at the world championships, Franklin stamped her name in the record book and joined a club that is even more exclusive.

Before Sunday, the only swimmers to win six events at either a worlds or an Olympics were Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto.

Now, there’s Franklin, who earned her sixth by swimming the leadoff leg for the U.S. in the 400-meter medley relay, the final event of the championships in Barcelona.

Yet somehow, the eternally optimistic 18-year-old left everyone with the impression that she’s capable of even more.

“I had some really great races that I’m really proud of, and there’s still a bunch where I have a lot of room to improve,” Franklin said. “So I’m really excited for the next year and the year after that and all the years following those.”

She was heading home to Colorado for a much-deserved break, but not for too long.

In less than three weeks, she’s got another life-changing event - the start of her freshman year at Cal-Berkeley.

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