A typical soccer match takes about 80 minutes, but sisterhood lasts forever. For the Swaim sisters, they are united by blood, and bonded through soccer.
The Swaim sisters, Rachel, Natalie, and Sarah, all are keepers for their respective soccer programs. Formerly from the Yadkin Valley they have traveled southwest, but have kept their name known, a tradition that’s been passed on for centuries. Their father, Davis Swaim, graduated from Starmount High School.
The girls have played soccer for most of their life, and while competition can be fierce, the sisters all want each other to get better, and that’s a value not many athletes get.
“You want to be the best out of your sisters, so I feel like that really helps,” Sarah Swaim, 13, said.
“The good thing is we all play the same thing so we can say, ‘This is what you need to work on,’” Rachel, 17, said.
Most importantly, these girls are student-athletes, not athlete-students. They all have attained a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Finding balance is something that they’ve found at a young age, and it’s a testament to their work ethic.
“The discipline it takes for them to get everything accomplished is a good thing,” their father said.
If their success continues, it’s likely that Rachel, a senior in high school and the oldest of the trio will go on to play in college. From there, the work ethic can take her far, and that’s exactly what she wants.
“It takes a lot of hard work, persistence, and mental ability,” Rachel said. “You have to be able to play with your mind.”
With the fall season now wrapped up, all three girls will participate on the swim team in an effort to stay in shape. Once spring rolls around, be on the lookout for all three of these girls to continue to write their own legacy. However, don’t forget that above all else, they’re family, and that’s a value that goes far beyond the soccer field.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.