Clearwater teen keeps swimming towards her dream

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Clearwater, Florida -- 15-year-old Becca Mann isn't spending her afternoons at the mall. She's not hanging out after school chatting with her friends. She's too busy for that because she's hard at work, trying to make her swimming dreams come true.

"It's been a goal for a little while," she said with a smile. "Ever since I was a little kid, I've wanted to go to the Olympics. Now it's more of, it's coming closer and closer to a reality."

She spends her afternoons in the deep end, stroking her way towards a golden dream. A dream she thinks will come true just three short years from now.

"Definitely," she said. "I definitely think that Randy and I can get there."

Randy is Randy Reese, who helped coach the USA at three different Olympics and helped win 35 medals. He's been watching Becca in the pool for more than half of her life.

"Each year she's got a greater chance to make it there just by watching what she practices," he said. "She plans out and rehearses all of the things she'll do at all of these other meets she'll go to."

Last year, Becca missed a trip to London by just five seconds after finishing fifth in the 400 I-M race at the U.S. Olympic trials. Now, she's using that experience as fuel on every lap of every practice so she can reach her goals.

"That's the best part of swimming- when you win, when you get a best time, when you achieve your goals. I mean, really it's just an amazing feeling."

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