Athens Academy’s Drew Swan won’t be walking in Memphis. He’ll be running.
Swan committed to Rhodes College, located in Memphis, to run on the track and field team. His primary event will be the 800 but he said he may do the 400-hurdles.
Swan’s signing ceremony was Monday at the Spartan Center.
“I am pretty excited. It is good to see all of my friends come and support me,” Swan said. “The coach called me to see if I was interested in a visit. I said yes. I went down for an overnight and had a lot of fun. A couple of months later I went again. I realized I really loved the school and really liked the program. I decided it was a good fit for me.
“I really liked the guys on the team and I really loved the academics and the campus, and I also really liked the city of Memphis.”
Swan plans on studying Accounting, which is one reason he chose Rhodes.
“They have a good five-year program there,” he said. “It worked out really well.”
Swan said his favorite memory of running was this year’s Class A private school state meet at Berry College. The Spartans finished third as a team and he finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:03.60. He also finished seventh in the 300-meter hurdles.
“It was fun hanging out with the team for the last meet,” Swan said. “As soon as I finished, it was weird. I was like, ‘This is my last high school meet,’ but graduation is coming up. It’s an exciting time.”