One on One: Rachel Swartz

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- “Winning the championship and going to the tournament is my biggest takeaway,” said Rachel Swartz.

They always say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Players like Tyonna Snow claimed that she wouldn’t take the ring off after the Valley Championship.

Players like Rachel Swartz, took a more modest approach.

“I bought a chain for it so I can wear it around my neck,” said Rachel Swartz.

After 4 years as a Lady Bear,

“You see girls playing on TV, but now that you’re here, it’s a surreal feeling.”

Not only is she here. She’s crossing the finish line, with 2 other seniors.

Rachel Swartz has played in over 114 games, and spent close to 1,200 minutes on the court throughout her career.

Her stats however, show only half of the story.

“I think I have grown in positivity and my leadership roles. Those are my consistencies,” said Swartz.

“Rachel has a big personality. She has always been vocal and positive. Those are really important things for our team and for our culture. They are invaluable.”

While her career isn’t over just yet,

“I feel like we are all just coming together,” said Swartz.

It’s hard to not reflect, on her decorated time as a Lady Bear.

“I don’t think women’s basketball is always as appreciated as it should be. Coming into a full arena all the time, the fan base is a such a big decision. There’s nothing else I would have changed.

 


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