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Name: Maryn Swank

School: Portage

Age: 18 years old

Level: Senior

Sport: Softball

Athlete of the Week: Swank struck out 14, drove in two runs and was Portage’s game-winning pitcher in a 6-5 win over Penn Cambria and was named to the All-Tournament team while leading the Lady Mustangs at the Mayhem on the Main Tournament Championship. She was the winning pitcher and struck out six over three innings in a 16-1 win over Bishop McCort, in which she also doubled, scored twice and drove in three runs, and went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs in a victory over Johnstown in the championship.

Season Update: Swank broke the all-time strikeout record earlier this season for Portage and is currently 4-2 with 55 strikeouts. She’s batting .550 with 15 RBIs and a pair of doubles.

Quote from Coach Brian Randall: “She has been stable. She is our ace in the circle and the leader on and off the field. I’m really excited to see her continue this in college.

Favorite teacher: Ms. Lutz

Favorite subject: Mathematics

Favorite movie: “Shawshank Redemption”

Favorite food: Grilled chicken salad

Favorite song: “Towers” by Mac Miller

Outside interests: basketball, travel, hiking, outings with friends and family

Favorite professional team: Pirates

Favorite college team: Pitt

Most Admired Professional Athlete: Jennie Finch

Best Athlete I’ve Competed Against: Central Cambria’s Kami Kamzik

Most influential person in my sports career: My mother, my father and my brother

Athletic achievement I’m most proud of: Winning District 6 in basketball and making the PIAA Semi-Finals.

How I got started in softball: Started playing T-ball in kindergarten and have been playing ever since

Future goal: Attend Juniata, accounting major and play softball

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