Synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall is targeting a top-six finish in the duet competition at the London Olympics.
The 23-year-old finished 14th in Beijing with partner Olivia Allison.
Randall, from Camberley, told BBC Sport: "2012 is a stepping stone for us to 2016. That's the Olympics that we're really fighting for the medals.
"We're hoping to come top-six at 2012 so we're just going to work hard for that. It's about good experience for Rio de Janeiro."
Randall, who trains with Allison at the Rushmoor Synchro Club in Aldershot, added: "Biz Price and Lolli Montico are two of the best coaches we've ever had.
"They've brought us from 22nd to 8th in the world in the space of three or four years.
"We're always learning more things about synchro and we're always trying to analyse our rivals to make our routine better than theirs."
Adele Carlsen, British synchro's high performance manager, believes the duo's performances last year show that they are making good progress.
"Putting Olivia and Jenna in a centralised system with world-class coaches has allowed them to progress," Carlsen told BBC Sport.
"To come top-eight in the world in 2011 is a great achievement and it shows everything is on track.
"We set our own targets but we have a very young squad. We hope to keep them together and work up to Rio, where realistically they have more chance of a medal."