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A different look: Sarah Losinger, Lassiter swimmer

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Lassiter captured the Class AAAAA swimming title last season, and behind Sarah Losinger, who has already met her Olympic trials time in the 200 breaststroke and will swim for Auburn next year, the Trojans are favored to repeat. Staff writer Chris Whitfield caught up with Losinger to talk about life in and out of the pool.

> What is the toughest thing about swimming? "Waking up at 5 o'clock every morning and having to go through hard practices. I have to be a morning person, but it still isn't fun."

> Who is Lassiter's toughest competition? "I really don't know. At our relays, Parkview was really close to us. Kennesaw Mountain is supposed to be really good."

> What are your swimming goals? "I'm going to swim for Auburn next year, and this summer, I got my Olympic trial time for the 200 breaststroke. I will go to trials and see what happens. It is everyone's dream to swim in the Olympics. You realize how fast you have to be to go, and now it is becoming more of a reality."

> What's your hardest class in school? "Math. I am in AP statistics, and I am not really a math person. It is tough, but it is almost over."

> Name five things you want for Christmas? "I want an iPod, clothes and money and a digital camera and some Nike socks."

> What's your earliest sports memory? "When I was 7, I started swimming for my neighborhood team, and that was always fun. My coach on my neighborhood team recommended that I swim year-round. I loved the neighborhood meets, and everything was just so relaxed."

> Is swimming still fun after all these years? "It is still fun. For me and a lot of people, high school swimming is fun and [there's] not that much stress to it. State is competitive, but all of the meets that we do are just fun. I love competing, and it is something that it is fun to do. I enjoy it."

> What drives you to succeed? "I just want to be the best that I can be. My coaches say that I have a lot of potential. I love going to practice."

Copyright 2005 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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