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Aberdeen teen competes in Olympic trials

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It's a dream for many; to compete in the Olympics.

For one teenage girl in Aberdeen, she is hoping that dream soon becomes a reality.

Some would say Hannah Kastigar is part fish.

She swims in the morning, in the afternoon, all as part of her daily training regiment.

Recently Kastigar was lucky enough to compete in the Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska for a shot at the Olympics.

"It was really fun, we got down there, I went down there to the pool and practiced and I had just been there two weeks before, for a different meet. So it was good that I already knew what the pool was like," Kastigar said.

Kastigar was among 125 of America's top swimmers.

She competed in the 400-meter individual medley and finished with a time just under five minutes.

Hannah's mother and swim coach Elyce Kastigar watched as her daughter competed in the event.

"If you're an athlete in any sport, I think everybody's dream is to be in the Olympics one day, and just to get that foot in the door and have this experience and being amongst all the Olympians this past week that was extremely exciting," Elyce Kastigar said.

Hannah says she placed first in her heat, moving her up several spots in her overall ranking.

"I could see I was in first and I was just, I knew everyone's times were gonna be really close together, so I knew I just had to go out and win it," Kastigar said.

After placing first in her heat, Hannah moved up 70 places in her rank putting her in 61st place overall.

That wasn't enough for a spot on the Olympic team.

But she says the opportunity to compete in the trials was fun and gave her the confidence to keep training for the Olympic trials in 2016.

"Who knows what the future will hold, but, we're hopeful that it will be positive and Hannah will continue to excel and have an opportunity to be in there again in four years," Elyce Kastigar said.

Hannah says until that day, she will continue training hard one lap at a time.

Kastigar plans to compete in the junior nationals in August, 2012.

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