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State champ Kaitlyn Leary stands alone

Updated: September 16, 2009, 3:12 PM ET
By David Auguste | ESPN RISE Magazine

For much of her freshman year at Padua (Cleveland), Kaitlyn Leary was playfully called "Little Leary" -- a reference to her admiration for her older sister, Heather. Kaitlyn often styled her hair and dressed like Heather, and the two even shared clothes and had several of the same friends.

"I try to be like her," the younger Leary says. "I embraced [the nickname]. I always look up to her."

Now a senior, Kaitlyn has finally shed the nickname in favor of the moniker ...

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