Maggie Swank is undecided about what career choice to pursue, but engineering is one of her options. In the meantime, the senior is trying to engineer a way to get more wins for the Englewood …
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Maggie Swank is undecided about what career choice to pursue, but engineering is one of her options.
In the meantime, the senior is trying to engineer a way to get more wins for the Englewood softball team.
Through games of Aug. 28, Englewood is 1-6, with a 20-41 record over the past four seasons.
Swank, a pitcher/outfielder, attends St. Mary's Academy and has a 3.92 grade-point average. She has played softball for Englewood for the past three seasons and been a standout, with a career batting average of .532.
She was a Colorado 7 first-team, all-league selection in 2017 with a .642 batting average, with five pitching victories, including two no-hitters. She also plays competitive softball for a club team, the Rocky Mountain Thunder.
"It's really fun to switch between the two because here I can kind of like coach some of the new girls," she said. "I just like playing on both teams.”
Key statistics: As of Aug. 28, she had hit safely in 35 consecutive games going back to her sophomore season and was hitting above .600 in seven games this season.
The coach's take: “She just been an incredibly hard worker, and it has been fun for me as a coach to see that hard work pay off. When your best player is also your hardest worker, you have a chance to be a pretty good team.”
— Dave Swank, Englewood softball coach and Maggie's dad
What's your favorite pregame breakfast?
Every morning before a game, my mom makes me blueberry muffins, so that's my favorite.
Who is your favorite athlete (past or present, pro or college) and why?
Lauren Chamberlain (University of Oklahoma and USSSA Pride of National Pro Fastpitch). She is a real good inspiration and role model. Our team did a camp with her and I got to meet and talk to her.
What would be a perfect performance for you in your sport?
Perfect is hard to achieve, but I would say 4-for-4 with four home runs. Obviously, that is pretty unrealistic, but it helps me stay motivated because I know I can't stop working hard until I reach that...
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Mathematics. I really like problem solving. You give me a problem and I will sit there and keep working on it until I find the answer.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I love to hang out with all my friends, have sleepovers and play with my three dogs (Charlie, Bart and Little Bear).
What are your plans for after high school?
I want to go to a college where I can play softball. I have a lot of colleges I am interested in, but I haven't decided yet. I want to go into engineering, and I am interested in law and maybe (becoming) a lawyer like my dad.
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