Academic All Star - Taylor Szwec

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 17, 2009 at 12:23 AM EDT

There are adjustments that had to be made.
Both by the coach and the star player.
That's what happens when dad is also the coach.
Taylor Szwec's dad, and coach, Norm Szwec says, " Well I think one of the things Taylor has had to adjust to is the fact that I'm probably 3 or 4 times tougher on her than I am with anyone else. I always have set really high standards for Taylor and when she doesn't meet them I'm sure to let her know."
Expectations are well exceeded in the class. Taylor Szwec is on track to be her class valedictorian, while balancing a full course load and a loaded athletic calendar.
Taylor says, " It's definitely been hard work trying to manage my time. I've always been kind of a procrastinator, my parents are constantly on me about it, but I think it's finally starting to sink in. School is always first."
Dad agrees: " It's tough. Last night we played a home game, we got home about 9, a little after 9. Taylor popped open some books, and she studied to about 11. A lot of times Taylor's mother and I have to tell her to go to bed. You have to close the books and you have to get some sleep, because sleep is important."
Of course sports have a major influence on Taylor's academics.
Besides doing her homework on long bus rides, her career aspirations are inspired by her sports injuries.
" Occupational therapy. I tore my ACL 2 years ago, and so I knew I wanted to do something in the medical field, but I don't really like blood and guts, so I decided to go that way."
She's a standout in the class and on the court, earning her coach's admiration.
It's why Taylor Szwec is this week's academic all star.

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