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Swezey to Represent USNA on TEAM USA

2008-08-27


Senior Defenseman Matt Swezey on the move.

In a season full of firsts, Navy Hockey is pleased to announce the selection of Midshipman First Class Matt Swezey to represent the United States and TEAM USA at the upcoming Winter World University Games in Harbin, China from February 18-28, 2009.

A native of Cohoes, New York, Matt Swezey is the first hockey player from the United States Naval Academy to be selected to TEAM USA.

Matt started playing ice hockey when he was four years old for the Capital Youth Hockey in the Albany, New York area.  As a Squirt at age 12, his team won the New York State Championship.  Matt then went to Shaker High School in Latham, New York, where he played varsity hockey for all four years.  The team won the Section II Championship during his freshman year.  For his senior year, he was selected as Captain of the team, and his team won the Suburban Council Championship and the New York State Regional Qualifier.  Matt was selected First Team All-Section and 2nd Team All-State.  He was also recognized as an Albany Times Union Scholar Athlete and a member of Shaker High’s National Honor Society.

The son of a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Midshipman Swezey chose the Naval Academy during an unplanned stop by his family during the spring break of his sophomore year of high school.  While they were passing through the area, his family decided to see Annapolis for the first time.  After Matt listened to the presentation at the Admission’s Office, he was hooked and Navy was his first choice even though Army was recruiting him to play Division 1 lacrosse.

Every day, the United States Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally, and physically.”  Midshipman Matt Swezey is the personification of this mission.  

Matt has achieved a 3.72 cumulative GPA in his Mechanical Engineering Major and a 3.58 Military GPA.  He is currently on the Superintendent’s List and has been on an Academic Honor Roll in each of his six prior semesters.

Matt Swezey has been the embodiment of the growth of Navy Hockey.  He was an immediate presence on Navy’s defensive corps as a plebe because of his size, puck handling skills, and slap shot.  After two and a half seasons of playing defense, he was moved to the forward position in order to fill a void.  Even though he had never played forward in any type of organized hockey, he rose to the challenge and netted 24 goals in only 18 games.  At the end of the season the accolades began to pour in.  He was named Team MVP at the annual team banquet and finished the season as both the leading scorer and the leading goal scorer.  He was named an Academic All-American and was selected to the ESCHL 2nd-Team All-League.

Stats  Games Goals  Assists Points
2005-06     26    5       6      11
2006-07     31    3       9      12
2007-08     35   30      22      52
TOTALS     92   38      37      75

Matt will proudly represent both the United States Navy and the United States at the 2009 World University Games.

Matt; Navy Hockey salutes you!!
 




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