Name: Maryn Swank
Age: 18 years old
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