Leslie’s success story begins when she was taught to swim at the Cumberland Lincoln Boys Club in the Beginner swim classes. In the same year Leslie was asked to join the Boys Club Swim Team under Coach Carl LaBranch. She moved on to compete in the Narragansett Swim League for Sher-Le-Mon Swim Club of Cumberland. At Sher-Le-Mon, Leslie was named the team’s Most Valuable Swimmer at the age of ten and again at the age of sixteen. Leslie won many RI Junior titles as well as setting Narragansett Swim League titles and records. She also excelled in New England age group swimming, winning many USS championships and high point awards.

        In 1981, Leslie earned selection to the first Girls Team of the Rhode Island All-State Swim Team. She was also named All State in 3 events in 1982 and 1983. During her 3 years of swimming at Cumberland High School under Coach Bruce Calvert, she competed in the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard butterfly. In 1 981, Leslie received the prestigious National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches of America State Top Ten Award, and she still holds the Cumberland High School record in the 1 00 freestyle.

Competing in the 1981 National Junior Olympics, Leslie was the first woman, Rhode Island resident, to score when she made consolation finals. She continued to compete and score in the Junior Nationals from 1982-1984. Leslie swam in events  such as the 50/1 00 yard freestyle and the 1 00 yard butterfly, her specialty, in which she still holds the Rhode Island resident record.

In 1983, she was nominated for the Rhode Island Swimmer of the Year and earned Rhode Island State Junior and Senior Championships in the 100 yard freestyle and butterfly. 1 984, her senior year of high school, was dedicated to USS Swimming under the coaching of Kevin Thornton. She achieved the USS National Top Ten Award in the 1 7-18 Age Croup in the 50 meter freestyle, and was named the 1 994 Rhode Island Swimmer of the Year. Leslie attended Ohio University after earning a scholarship for women’s swimming.

Leslie went on to coach the Abbott Run Valley Club Swim Team to two Narragansett Swim League Championships and served as an assistant coach with the Cumberland Area Swim Team. She served as President of the Narragansett Swim League in 1985.

Leslie and her husband Glen have two daughters, Katherine and Sarah, and reside in Cumberland.