By Lee Horton
Peninsula Daily News
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Carter Juskevich, Port Angeles, (sophomore), Breaststroke and Freestyle — Won district in 100 breast and two relays; was second in 200 free.
Brooke Sires, Port Angeles, (Senior), Freestyle —Made state in 50 free and 100 free. Placed second at district in 50 free, third in 100 free.
Audra Perrizo, Port Angeles, (Junior), Freestyle and Individual Medley — Runner-up at district and ninth at state in 500 free. All-League in four events.
Rose Ridder, Port Townsend (Junior), Freestyle — Fifth at state in 50 free, one of highest Port Townsend state finishes in history. Also placed 14th in 100 free.
Jaine Macias, Port Angeles, (Freshman), Freestyle and Backstroke — Reached districts in seven of eight individual events. Placed ninth at state in 200 free.
Kylee Reid, Port Angeles, (Freshman), Individual Medley and Freestyle —Swam at state in 200 individual medley, 500 free and two relays. All-League in four events.
Rachel Ramsey, Port Townsend (Senior), Diving — Placed 16th at state in Port Townsend's first year with a diving program.
Coach: Rich Butler, Port Angeles — Led Roughriders to Olympic League and district titles for second consecutive year.
“I really wanted us to go far,” Reid said.
The Roughriders did just that, claiming West Central District and Olympic League championships for the second consecutive year.
Leading the way was Reid, who also achieved her
“Myself, I wanted to go to state, since I have every year since I was a freshman, and place at state,” she said.
Reid won district titles in the 100-yard freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Then, at the Class 2A state meet, she fulfilled her goal by placing — finishing eighth or better — in all four events: sixth in the 100 freestyle, sixth in the 100 backstroke, fourth in the 200 medley relay and seventh in the 400 freestyle relay.
These district titles and state placements earned Reid the All-Peninsula Girls Swimming MVP determined by a poll of area coaches and Peninsula Daily News sports staff.
The closer Reid got to the end of her high school swimming career, the more important leading her teammates became.
“I knew I had to go all out, even if it hurt,” Reid said.
“I wanted to give the team something they could look up to for years to come.”
Reid calls herself a leadership-oriented person and said she loves being part of a team.
“It's kind of hard to do everything by yourself,” she said.
“For the future, it teaches you to work as a team. Learning to do that is one of the most important things.
“I like to talk to people and get to know people and form better bonds.”
Her desire to lead extends to dry land.
Although Port Angeles' softball team, for which she is a power-hitting, two-time All-Peninsula third baseman, doesn't designate captains, Reid felt the responsibility of leadership as one of the team's seniors.
She also was one of the leaders of Port Angeles High School's Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or NJROTC, program, for which Reid said she was a commanding officer, color guard commander and a drill team commander.
“I really like the military aspect,” Reid said of the ROTC.
“I like the discipline and how everything is run.”
Reid began swimming competitively when she was 7 years old with the Port Angeles Swim Club.
She changed strokes and distances often until setting on what she likes to do most: sprints.
“Sprinting is definitely my thing,” Reid said. “It's more of a competition [that longer distances].”
Reid said her upper-body strength makes her a strong sprinter. (It also helps in softball: “I think that's what helps me be a power hitter, and my throwing,” she said.)
“I work at it really hard,” Reid said, adding that some of that strength is built with the pushups she is required to do with the NJROTC.
That strength helped her move up two spots in the 100 backstroke to sixth in the state finals after finishing eighth in the state semis.
“Almost didn't make finals, but I did and I moved up,” Reid said. “That was a proud moment for me.”
Her backstroke also played a major role on Port Angeles' fourth-place state finish in the 200 medley relay, which Reid swam with Carter Juskevich, Jaine Macias and Audra Perrizo, all of whom join her on the 2014 All-Peninsula team.
“I do like the relays, especially the medley because I lead off with my backstroke,” Reid said. “It's kind of like a mini-team.”
Reid finishes her career with four All-Peninsula swimming nods to go along with her four state appearances.
But her future isn't in the pool.
Reid will attend the University of Idaho, where she will be part of the college ROTC program.
After graduation, she plans to be an officer in the Navy.
Sports Editor Lee Horton can be reached at 360-417-3525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Editor's note: Online version updated to correct Kylee Reid's school affiliation.]