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Saugus’ Daniel Swarbrick dominated the competition this season, his marks unrivaled

Posted: June 14, 2009 10:02 p.m.
Updated: June 14, 2009 9:57 p.m.

Saugus High's Daniel Swarbrick is the 2009 All-Santa Clarita Valley Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Supporters of Daniel Swarbrick wore t-shirts to the CIF State Track and Field Championships that read, "Veni, vidi, vici."

Translated from Latin, it means, "I came, I saw, I conquered."

This season, Swarbrick did just that, and he is The Signal's 2009 All-Santa Clarita Valley Male Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

The senior Saugus thrower amassed an impressive list of accomplishments, starting with his domination of the Foothill League.

Swarbrick's personal best in the discus was 188 feet, 4 inches - almost 46 feet longer than the next-closest league competitor.

His personal best in the shot put was 61-5 1/2 - more than 10 feet better.

He won both league championships with marks well below his personal bests, and he also led the way as Saugus' boys team claimed its first league title since 1986, when the school competed in the Golden League.

But he had his sights set on bigger conquests all season.

Swarbrick won the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship in the discus and finished third in the shot put.

One week later, he met the state qualifying marks in both events at the CIF-SS Masters Meet.

Swarbrick didn't envision his campaign ending the way it did in Clovis at the state championships. He wound up fourth in the discus with a toss of 181-2, and he later finished fifth in the shot put at 58-4.

The top six marks earn state medals, however, and Swarbrick's double is a rare feat.

The fact that he was disappointed with his performance is a testament to his competitive fire, which helped him conquer the competition all season long in arguably the state's toughest division and section.

It also helped him receive a scholarship to Iowa State, where he will throw for the track and field team. Swarbrick's average marks project well in comparison with the rest of the Big 12 Conference, and he has the potential to become a conference champion right away.

He follows in the footsteps of his brother Matt, a source of inspiration who excelled in the throws for Saugus and attended UC Davis on a track scholarship after graduating in 2005.

The younger Swarbrick's track and field future has yet to play out, but he's already laid siege to plenty of California competition.

Next up is the Big 12 Conference.


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