Reed Porterfield (Fredonia, NY) is a member of our swimming and diving team. Reed is a remarkable talent on the team, and his outgoing personality and sense of humor shine both in and out of the pool. [Athlete Spotlights]
Q: What attracted you to Jamestown Community College Athletics?
A: Well, Jamestown Community College offered an affordable education, and when I found out there was a competitive swim team, I had to join!
Q: Why the swim team?
A: I swam competitively all through high school, and I knew that college was going to be an adjustment. I decided that joining the team would be a good way to make friends and stay in shape.
Q: What do you enjoy the most about college athletics?
A: To be honest, the thrill of competition. I love the adrenaline rush I get from racing; there is nothing like it. I also really like the fun we have traveling to meets and getting to hang out and joke with the team.
Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: To compete at Nationals in Port St. Lucie, Florida this March!
Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: I have always had a passion for science, and I am majoring in environmental science at JCC. I plan on becoming an environmental engineer in the future. I will be finding new ways to deal with waste and developing practical solutions to environmental problems, hopefully changing and improving how we protect the planet.
Q: Are there any personal highlights you’d like to mention from this season so far?
A: Every time I get to race is a highlight, any time I take the lead. I love the sport.
Q: Do you have any advice to aspiring athletes?
A: Basically, just do it. Put yourself out there and join a team. It is really worth all the hard work.
I swim breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley at JCC. I also swam in high school, where I broke the former high school record and currently remain the record holder. I plan tot transfer to SUNY Buffalo after graduation to become an environmental engineer.