Student Athlete of the Week: Alison Swartout
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- For the last five years Alison Swartout has been a constant from the moment Monticello girls lacrosse coach Langley Sloan was hired, all starting with a couple late season practices.
"What's cool is in the eighth grade we pulled her up for the postseason as a practicing manager," Sloan said, "So she's going up against some Monticello legends Meghan Walin, Paige McGlothlin, Caleigh Smith and she's just completely crushing it, holding her own and that's who she is. She's just tough."
"I was scared out of my mind honestly, I was super nervous and I wanted to play my best, but I was worried my best wasn't good enough," Swartout said, "After a few I was less nervous and I felt more like a player that could maybe benefit the team next year."
Swartout rode that momentum into her freshman season earning first team all-region honors, but then everything came to a screeching halt.
"I remember watching the news that school was going to be canceled and starting to cry because I knew that that meant lacrosse was over," Swartout said, "So coming back it makes me cherish every practice, every game, everything so much more because I know that I lost some of it and I don't ever want to take it for granted."
The two-time Mustang captain has more than made up for lost time, recently tallying her 150th career point to go with more than 100 career goals and draw controls.
"I nicknamed her the Brave Little Toaster when she was in ninth grade, you might get that reference, she did not," Sloan said, "But that's just who she is, she's just this spunky, happy go-lucky and if we struggle in a game she'll role it off and show up at practice the next day ready to go."
Swartout was named a U.S. Academic All-American last year and will continue her career at Delaware with a familiar coach from lacrosse camps at Penn State in Amy Altig.
"I grew up going to those camps and I met her and I Idolized her, she coaches the USA team, so I was always really intrigued with her," Swartout said, "Just getting a text from her on September 1st my junior year was the greatest feeling I think I have ever gotten."
For Sloan, she prepares to lose not only a team leader, but a once in a lifetime player.
"I think Delaware is a perfect match for Alison, I think she's going to excel there and they're going to realize 'wow, this was a great grab' as sad as we are," Sloan said, "I just can't believe she's a senior."