World Champion Archer recognized


POMEROY — It is not often a person has the opportunity to be number one in the world, or even their state or own area, but that is the case for one young girl from Meigs County.

Easter Swain, a member of the 2016-17 Meigs Middle School Archery team, has been all of those, placing as the top scoring female in the Appalachian Archery Conference with an average score of 294.2 out of a possible 300. She was not only first among middle school females, but all female shooters which includes elementary and high school as well.

Swain, the daughter of Jay and Robin Swain, was presented with a proclamation by the Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday for her accomplishments throughout the season.

During the archery season, Swain competed in 25 tournaments, placing first in 18 of those events.

In postseason competition, Swain placed first among middle school females at the Ohio NASP Championship in Columbus of 315 opponents, before placing 11th at nationals with a score of 291 out of 300.

She has also placed first among middle school females in the Ohio NASP/IBO Challenge, as well as placing second in the NASP/IBO Outdoor World 3D Challenge and the 3-Star Challenge which included shoots in Kentucky, Florida and Pennsylvania.

Her biggest win came at the NASP Shoots Bullseye World Tournament in Orlando, Florida, where she placed first among the 713 middle school females and was in a three-way tie for first overall out of 1,653 competitors with a score of 295. In the tie-breaker at the World Tournament, Swain shot a perfect 50 to win the overall title.

Swain said she has been shooting for five years and became interested in archery after bow hunting with her father.

During the archery season, Swain said she practices daily, even twice a day in the weeks leading up to the world tournament, and shoots a couple times a week in the off-season.

Asked who is the better shot, her or her dad, Swain said she was, with dad, Jay, proudly admitting that his daughter beats him at shooting on a regular basis. Even on her bad days she is difficult to beat, he said.

So what lies ahead for the shooter as she moves on to the high school level for the 2017-18 season. Continuing to work hard with the goal of potential college scholarships. Currently there are around two dozen colleges and universities which are part of the United States Collegiate Archery Association with more teams work to form in the next few years.

Commissioner Randy Smith told Swain, her family and coaches that it is not often the commissioners have the opportunity to recognize a student athlete for their accomplishments. Thursday is believed to be the third such time. The first two were the Eastern Lady Eagles state championship team and Archery participant Caitlin Cotterill who placed in the World Tournament, as well as the Meigs and Eastern archery programs.

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Easter Swain, front center, was recognized by the Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday for her accomplishments during the recent archery season. Pictured are (front, from left) coach Mindy Butcher, Easter Swain, mom/coach Robin Swain; (back from left) Meigs Middle School head coach B.J. Nicholson, Commissioner Randy Smith, dad/coach Jay Swain and Commissioner Tim Ihle.
http://www.mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/08/web1_8.27-Swain.jpgEaster Swain, front center, was recognized by the Meigs County Commissioners on Thursday for her accomplishments during the recent archery season. Pictured are (front, from left) coach Mindy Butcher, Easter Swain, mom/coach Robin Swain; (back from left) Meigs Middle School head coach B.J. Nicholson, Commissioner Randy Smith, dad/coach Jay Swain and Commissioner Tim Ihle.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.