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Practice is the easy part for Malandra

Updated: December 19, 2008, 1:55 PM ET
By Brian A. Giuffra | ESPNRISE.com

Parkland (Allentown, Pa.) senior Jaime Malandra's lungs burn. Her heart pounds. Every muscle in her body aches. But there's no time to stop.

"One more lap," the Parkland senior says to herself. "Just one more."

Malandra has been swimming for more than an hour. She's done too many laps to count. No breaks. No slowing down. She feels nothing except pain and fatigue.

"One more lap. Just one more."

As she makes her final turn, Malandra can envision ...

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