St. Charles’ Swann signs to Delaware State for women’s lacrosse

Be­comes first St. Charles fe­male ath­lete to sign with D-I school

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Since walk­ing onto the lacrosse field in the sev­enth grade, Tam­rin Swann has had the ul­ti­mate goal of one day play­ing at the next level.

The St. Charles High School se­nior saw that goal come into fruition as she signed her na­tional let­ter of in­tent to play NCAA Divi­sion I women’s lacrosse at Delaware State Univer­sity, a mem­ber of the Mid-Eastern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence.

Swann made his­tory, be­com­ing the first fe­male ath­lete at St. Charles to sign to a Divi­sion I pro­gram for any sport.

“This was def­i­nitely a bless­ing,” she said. “This was my main goal for a long time and it feels good to see the end­ing prod­uct be that I signed to a Divi­sion I school to play lacrosse.”

Swann’s older sis­ter Tam­many Swann, a 2013 Thomas Stone grad­u­ate, was also a lacrosse stand­out, play­ing a brief stint at Divi­sion II’s West Virginia Wes­leyan Col­lege be­fore at­tend­ing Divi­sion III Frost­burg State Univer­sity for a year and now is in her sec­ond year at Divi­sion I Tow­son Univer­sity for her se­nior cam­paign.

“My sis­ter ex­plained to me her sto­ries of the col­lege ex­pe­ri­ence on and off the field and be­ing able to travel,” the younger Swann said.

Tam­rin Swann, who went on her un­of­fi­cial visit to Delaware State on July 18, fell in love with the over­all cam­pus and the aca­demic pro­gram.

“I liked how it was in fact a HBCU and it had a taste of di­ver­sity,” said Swann, who is un­de­cided on her ma­jor. “The school is not too long of a com­mute and not too far from home. There was a lot of ma­jors to ex­plore and see what I want to study.”

Swann at­tended Thomas Stone for one sea­son where she was the only

fresh­man to make the var­sity team. From there, she trans­ferred to St. Charles where she ex­ploded onto the scene for the next two sea­sons.

Af­ter play­ing her pri­mary de­fender po­si­tion with Stone, St. Charles head coach Mark Stan­ley de­cided to not only use her as the an­chor of the de­fense, but also at the mid­field po­si­tion.

In her ju­nior cam­paign last spring with the Spar­tans, Swann scored 15 goals, dished out seven as­sists, scooped up 15 ground­balls and won 16 draws along with caus­ing 19 turnovers.

For her ef­forts, Swann was

se­lected to the All-County sec- ond team as a util­ity player.

“Play­ing in the mid­field re­ally opened the door for Tam­rin,” said Stan­ley, who also coached her on the South­ern Maryland Revo­lu­tion travel team. “She is very fast in the open field and that is due to her agility. She used all the tools that was giv- en to her and ex­celled. Tam- rin works hard not only in the sport to im­prove her skills, but she is an ex­cep­tional stu­dent in the class­room.”

Swann, who has main­tained a 4.2 GPA at St. Charles, is cur- rently tak­ing Ad­vanced Place­ment and honors classes. She is cur­rently a mem­ber of the in­door track and field team and was a cheer­leader for the foot­ball team.

Swann is also a mem­ber of

the JROTC pro­gram at St. Charles and was a stand­out gym­nast for seven years be­fore devot­ing her time to lacrosse.

“It has been a fun ex­pe­ri­ence at St. Charles. I love meet­ing new girls that have come on the lacrosse team,” she said. “I have one more sea­son left and I can’t wait to play this spring com­ing up. I will def­i­nitely miss all my team­mates and coaches.”

Swann noted that most likely she will be play­ing on de­fense for Delaware State, which is headed by Kari-Lei Mad­dox.

Delaware State en­ters its fifth sea­son of ex­is­tence this spring and has only won a com­bined six games. It is a pro­gram still in the de­vel­op­ing stages be­ing fairly new.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

St. Charles se­nior Tam­rin Swann, pic­tured among McDonough de­fend­ers dur­ing a con­test last spring, signed her na­tional let­ter of in­tent Thurs­day to Divi­sion I Delaware State Univer­sity.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

St. Charles High School se­nior Tam­rin Swann signed her na­tional let­ter of in­tent on Thurs­day to play women’s lacrosse at NCAA Divi­sion I Delaware State Univer­sity, a mem­ber of the Mid-Eastern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence. Seated, from left, are Swann’s mother Tam­mala Swann, Tam­rin Swann and Swann’s fa­ther Wardell Swann. In the back row are St. Charles Prin­ci­pal Richard Con­ley, left, head girls lacrosse coach Mark Stan­ley, as­sis­tant coach Shawna Peter­son and head in­door and out­door track and field coach Chris McAl­lis­ter.

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