Jamey Swiggart is one of two new Utes for 2014-15
May 20, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The University of Utah men's tennis team announced the additions of two newcomers, Jamey Swiggart and Santiago Sierra Rodriguez.
Swiggart, from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, arrives from Idaho State where he played No. 1 singles and doubles this past year.
"We are excited to have Jamey join the Ute family," head coach Roeland Brateanu said. "Jamey has a lot of potential and has improved tremendously over the past two years. We look forward to helping him develop his game to the next level."
In his two years at ISU, Swiggart amassed a 25-10 record in singles play. He was named ISU's Tennis Player of the Year as a freshman after earning a 16-2 record from the No. 5 position and was a runner up for the Bengal Freshman Athlete of the Year Award.
As a sophomore, playing from the No. 1 singles position, Swiggart earned a 9-8 record, was named the team's Most Valuable Player and was an honorable mention All-Big Sky performer Prior to joining Idaho State, he was the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Colorado and three-star recruit.
"Utah has a world-renowned physical therapy program, a highly-regarded tennis coach and competes in the Pac-12," said Swiggart. "I look forward to making the most of my opportunities the University of Utah has to offer me."
Swiggart comes from an athletic family, as both his parents were Division I collegiate athletes. His mother, Stacy, was a four year letter-winner on the tennis court for Oklahoma State, while his dad played basketball at Western Kentucky.
As a junior player in Mexico, Sierra ranked in the top 10 in the nation (U18).
"Santiago is a player with a lot of potential and has a great work ethic," Brateanu added. "I'm very excited to have him on our team."
Sierra is a three-time runner-up at the Mexico nationals and earned an ITF ranking of 430. He has had great success in ITF doubles tournaments, winning three titles.
"Getting into a top college, both academically and athletically, has always been one of my goals," Sierra stated. "My next challenge is to help this team reach a higher level. My family, coaches and friends inspire me and thanks to them, I am where I am today."
Santiago's father, Gerargo, and his mother, Angelica, both graduated from universities in Mexico and reside in Mexico City. Athletic genes run in the family, as his grandfather was a running back for the Texas A&M football team.