Kevin Swick Becomes USC's First Baseball Capital One Academic All-American First Team Selection
May 30, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Senior third baseman Kevin Swick becomes the first USC baseball player to be named a Capital One First Team Academic All-America selection, it was announced on Friday (May 30) by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Swick's honor represents the 33rd time a Trojan student-athlete has taken home the prestigious first team honors since the award's inception in 1952. He joins senior women's volleyball libero Natalie Hagglund as the two Trojan honorees so far this season.
Swick (La Cañada, Calif./Loyola HS) boasts a 3.83 G.P.A. as a business administration major with a psychology minor. For his studies, he was recently honored with a Renaissance Scholarship for distinguishing himself with a major and a minor in widely separate fields of study.
Swick is very active throughout the Marshall School of Business, as he has been President of USC's Value Investing Club since 2011, where members attend Berkshire Hathaway meetings & compete in national pitch competitions. He has enacted a multi-year strategic plan to increase the prominence of the group on campus as well as its reputation for motivated and well-trained investors to enter the buy side. In the fall of 2012 he was a member of the USC Marshall Undergraduate Student Investment Fund and also was a part of developing the Next Generation Bricks and Mortar Retail Investment Strategy.
Swick spent the summer of 2013 away from baseball, interning for Fidelity
Investments in Boston where he worked as an equity investment analyst. He wrote a report on traditional brick and mortar banks vs. direct (online) banks and pitched three different stocks. In the summer of 2012 he played in the Alaska Baseball League and interned for Alaska Permanent Capital Management where he created an asset report on commodities and analyzed emerging markets and the large impact they have on the supply and demand of commodities.
Additional honors for Swick include being a member of the Dean's List from 2010-2014 and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. Swick also is a two-time USC Male Trojan of the Year honoree, given to the student-athlete that best demonstrates the qualities of a Trojan - Faithful, Scholarly, Skillful, Courageous and Ambitious. He was also one of 30 finalists for the 2014 baseball Senior CLASS Award and is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree.
On the field, Swick is an inspiration to his teammates, as he climbed the ladder from walk-on to three-year scholarship starter. Swick was the Trojans' starting third baseman in 2014 and missed all but three games. He finished with a team-high 61 hits and batted .299. He drove in 24 runs, good for third-best on the team. His 10 doubles also put him tied for second on the team in that category. He helped lead the Trojans to their first winning season since 2005 and a narrow miss of an NCAA Tournament berth, as the squad finished with a record of 29-24 overall and were good for fifth in the Pac-12 with a 16-14 record.
Swick was one of four repeat baseball Academic All-America honorees, but as a third team Academic All-America selection in 2013, he was the only one to make the jump to the first team in 2014. To be recognized for an Academic All-America team, Swick earned District VIII Academic All-American first team honors for the third-straight season in 2014.
In 1990, John Jackson was named a second team Academic All-America for baseball, but earned first team honors for football in 1988 and 1989. Another two-way star for the Trojans was Steve Sogge, who never was recognized in baseball, but earned first team Academic All-America honors for football in 1967 and 1968. Ryan Stromsberg (1996) and Michael Morales (2002) earned All-District VIII honors for baseball.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 20,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
USC's First Team Academic All-Americans (program originated in 1952) 1952 -- Dick Nunis, football (DB) 1959 -- Mike McKeever, football (G) 1960 -- Mike McKeever, football (G) 1960 -- Marlin McKeever, football (E) 1965 -- Chuck Arrobio, football (T) 1967 -- Steve Sogge, football (QB) 1968 -- Steve Sogge, football (QB) 1969 -- Fred Khasigian, football (OG) 1973 -- Pat Haden, football (QB) 1974 -- Dan Anderson, basketball 1974 -- Pat Haden, football (QB) 1978 -- Rich Dimler, football (NG) 1979 -- Paul McDonald, football (QB) 1979 -- Keith Van Horne, football (OT) 1979 -- Brad Budde, football (OG) 1984 -- Duane Bickett, football (OLB) 1985 -- Matt Koart, football (DT) 1986 -- Jeff Bregel, football (OG) 1988 -- John Jackson, football (FL) 1989 -- John Jackson, football (SE) 1990 -- Ray Looze, swimming 1992 -- Katie Haller, volleyball 1993 -- Katie Haller, volleyball 1995 -- Jeremy Hogue, football (C) 1995 -- Matt Keneley, football (DT) 1996 -- Lukas Hovorka, tennis 1996 -- Matt Keneley, football (DT) 2004 -- Emily Adams, volleyball 2006 -- Anca Anastasiu, tennis 2013 - Flora Bolonyai, water polo 2013 - Alex Lendrum, swimming 2013 -- Natalie Hagglund, women's volleyball 2014 -- Kevin Swick, baseball