Rachel Swartz, who helped lead the Spartan girls basketball team to the state tournament in 2013, helped guide Drury University to the NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Final Four.
Swartz, a graduate assistant on the coaching staff at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, saw the Lady Panthers go undefeated during the year, taking a 35-0 record and No. 1 ranking into the postseason.
Swartz worked on the coaching staff with NCAA DII national coach of the year Molly Miller.
She is in her second year as a graduate assistant coach, but her first with the Lady Panthers. Last year, she served as a graduate assistant with East Tennessee State.
A former center with the Missouri State Lady Bears from 2013-17, Swartz ranks 12th in program history in games with 124 played.
With the Lady Bears, she played on two WNIT teams, a Missouri Valley Conference tournament championship team in 2016 as well as their NCAA tournament squad. Swartz graduated from Missouri State with a degree in Communications.
While at Stanwood High, Swartz averaged a double-double in her junior and senior high school seasons. She helped the Spartans to a 25-3 record in her senior year and was named to several All-Star teams representing the state of Washington.
Swartz will complete a master’s degree in organizational communications in the spring of 2019.
• Madison Yerigan, a 2016 Stanwood grad, finished fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 11 feet, 5 inches, last month at the Wichita State Herm Wilson Invitational track and field meet in Wichita, Kansas. The University of Nebraska junior is in her third year with the Cornhuskers.
• Haley Strowbridge, a 2016 Spartan grad, transitioned from a successful basketball season at George Fox University to track and field, where the junior throws the javelin and does the triple jump. She threw the javelin a personal best 129 feet, 7 inches at a home meet last month.
• Isaac Olson, a 2016 Stanwood grad, currently boasts the second-best ERA in the Northwest Conference. The George Fox junior is 2-1 with 31 strikeouts and a 2.57 ERA in 35 innings over 21 appearances. Olson, a right-handed relief pitcher, and the Bruins are atop the standings in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. This summer, Olson will pitch for the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks.
• Doug Knight, a 2014 Stanwood grad, has five innings under his belt so far this young season for University of Dubuque in Iowa. The senior sports management major is a right-handed relief pitcher for the defending league and conference champions who look to return to the NCAA D-III Regional Tournament.
• Southwestern College senior Tyler Givens, a 2014 Stanwood grad, is batting .339 for the 10-14 Moundbuilders. Givens, an infielder, transferred to the Winfield, Kansas, college from Olympic Community College in Bremerton.
• Trey Tiffany, a 2017 Stanwood grad, struck out 10 in eight innings of work over two appearances for far this young season for the Edmonds College Tritons baseball team.
• Riley Sykes, a 2017 graduate of Stanwood High, is 4-1 in the circle for the Edmonds College Tritons softball team. She’s appeared in six games and has racked up 15 strikeouts over 33 innings pitched for the 11-3 squad. Sykes will continue her softball career next season at Linfield College, a Northwest Conference team in NCAA D-III.