Meet the Phoenix: Paul Swanson
Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2010-11 school year, junior women’s tennis player Morgan Weuve will introduce Phoenix fans to some of her peers and fellow student-athletes. The Green Bay native will conduct interviews with various student-athletes and share her findings with feature stories on GreenBayPhoenix.com.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Junior men's tennis player Paul Swanson (Coon Rapids, Minn.) is currently competing in his third year as a Green Bay student-athlete.
"Green Bay has been a great experience so far, " said Swanson. "The coaching staff is very helpful on and off the court and my teammates have become like family to me."
Swanson has played a key role on the team since day one of his career at Green Bay under head coach Mark Thomas.
"I feel very fortunate to have started my coaching career with Paul Swanson as an incoming freshman," Thomas said. "He was the first piece of the puzzle in our goal to build a Horizon League championship team. Paul is one of the best competitors I've known. If the match is tied 3-3, I like our chances if Paul is on the court."
During the 2009-2010 season, Swanson achieved singles records at the top three positions of 14-7 overall and 3-4 in the Horizon League and earned second team All-Horizon League honors. Swanson was also the sole winner for the Phoenix in the duel matches against Wisconsin and Marquette, defeating his nationally ranked opponents in three sets.
Swanson continues to find success during this spring season with singles records at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions of 10-4 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League. As the Horizon League Championships grow nearer, Swanson has high hopes for his team.
"I am excited for the conference tournament, since that's really what we build our season around," said Swanson. "Hopefully, we are able to reach our goal and win the conference and be able to continue on to the NCAA tournament."
In addition to Swanson's many achievements on the court, he has also excelled in the classroom. Swanson is pursing a major in business administration with an emphasis in finance and a minor in economics.
Getting to know Paul Swanson
On the court:
I first started playing tennis when I was...seven years old and then started playing competitively at the age of 12.
One part of my game that I would like to improve this season is...my second serve.
If I had to choose to play singles or doubles, I would choose...singles, without question.
My goal for myself this season is...to achieve first team All-Horizon League honors.
My goal for the team this season is...to win the Horizon League Championship.
Off the court:
The music that I listen to the most is...a little bit of everything. My favorites are Yellowcard, Blink-182, Relient K, Explosions in the Sky and Angels and Airwaves.
I have visited...Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.
For fun I...like to do the versa-climber.
When I have free time I...work on my Snake high score.
My favorite sport to play besides tennis is...volleyball.
My favorite TV show is...The Simpsons.
My favorite movie is...Braveheart.
My favorite indulgence food is....anything and everything at Cold Stone.
On my perfect day...I would water-ski and tube all day at my cabin and then go to a Twins game at night.
The person I most admire is...Rafael Nadal.
If I could learn to do anything, it would be...to play tennis left-handed (like Nadal).
One thing that makes me laugh the hardest is...Marko Skoric's Facebook statuses.
To learn more about Swanson, watch his video bio.