Spotlight on varsity athlete: Swindle stepped up when Trinity was in need | STLHSS scholarship athletes
Swindle, 18, made the most of it. At 5ft 4in, she is rather small for the guards. At Trinity, she was one of the taller girls on the list and played in the position. She averaged 10.1 rebounds per game and clocked a career-high 19 against Valley Park.
âWe fought every game,â Swindle said. “That’s all we can ask for.”
Just days after the end of the basketball season, the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced that Trinity would close at the end of this school year. It was a punch for the community, but it landed particularly hard on Swindle.
âIt’s like when someone dies, the Seven Stages of Mourning,â Swindle said. “We have all accepted it and are moving forward.”
The roots of Trinity are the roots of Swindle. Trinity was formed when St. Thomas Aquinas, Mercy and Rosary High Schools were merged into one in 2003. Two of Swindle’s siblings, her mother, aunt, two uncles and six cousins ââall attended Trinity or the schools that became Trinity.
âMy whole dad’s side went to Mercy or Aquinas-Mercy, my mom’s side was all Rosary,â said Emily Seithel, Swindle’s older sister and Trinity’s volleyball coach for the past two years. . “(Lauren) wanted to go out there and excel and make a name for herself, even more than my brother and I.”
Swindle has done this and more. Trinity’s post-dispatch scholarship athlete, Swindle became the face of his school in his day.