One day, in the not-too-distant future, Wes Reed would like to wear "USA" on his uniform as a competitive diver.
But the Fairfax resident's immediate goal is to become a member of the Junior Olympics world age group team.
Reed, a member of the Capital Aquatics squad, has qualified for the junior national championships that will be held in Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 22-24.
As a member of Mantua, a Northern Virginia Diving League team, Reed, 17, went undefeated this summer. Also, he has twice earned all-America honors at W.T. Woodson High School.
Reed has qualified for the U.S. nationals five times, including this season, and if he wins at the junior nationals, he would be guaranteed a place on the world team.
"I have a good shot (at making the world team)," said Reed. "I've sort of been shooting for this for about a year."
"Wes probably has the most difficult one-meter springboard optional dives of any high school diver in the country," said his coach, John Walsh. "He will probably have his choice of colleges.
"He'll be one of the top three (high school) recruits in the country -- maybe one of the top two."
Reed, who is built like a gymnast, often works out at the MG's Gymnastics Club in Silver Spring. Many of the movements are the same in the two sports.
"He is very acrobatic and does somersaults and twists very well," said Walsh.
"I've dedicated my life to diving," said Reed. "I'm not yet satisfied. I don't know if I'll ever be satisfied. I'll keep pushing myself."
Reed receives a great deal of support from his family, which travels to out-of-town competitions to watch him perform..
"They (my family) are the best. They're always there 100 percent," said Reed. "They're my biggest incentive."
Walsh feels Reed has a good chance to qualify for the 1988 Olympic Trials. To do that, he must finish in the top eight in the senior national championships.
"I don't think I could ever hang it up," said Reed. "It's been a big part of my life when I've been growing up."
Working out four times a day with his Capital Aquatics team, Reed hopes to gain an athletic scholarship and has plans to major in business.
In the recently completed Northern Virginia Diving League season, Cardinal Hill finished its second undefeated season. Kamil Salah, who will attend George Washington University in the fall, and Bryan Jones, an intermediate diver, led the team.
Nancy Methfessel of Camelot placed second in the Wally Martin Memorial three-meter diving competition.
Sideburn's Jill Bumgarner went undefeated in her dual meets and finished second in the Presidents Cup at Wheaton Pool.
Bo Bloomer, an intermediate diver for Holmes Run, won the three-meter event in his age category. Bloomer finished his dual-meet season undefeated and qualified for the Eastern Zone senior nationals in Boston