Swan, Trent make All-State
In Iowa, there are plenty of good high school bowlers.
There are plenty of great highs school bowlers, too.
And then there are the elite, the best of the best.
Fairfield seniors Sara Trent and Eric Swan are in that best of the best category.
Trent and Swan made the 2017 All-State squad, signifying each as one of the top Class 1A high school bowlers in Iowa.
Trent, who led Fairfield’s girls’ team with a 183 average, made All-State Second-Team. Swan, leading the Trojan boys’ squad with a 194 average, tying teammate Kyle Ruckman, made All-State First-Team.
“It really means a lot to me,” Swan said. “I’ve always wanted to be among the top in anything in the state, so this is a huge accomplishment for me.”
On Jan. 20, Swan rolled a 475 series (266-209), leading the Trojan boys’ team to a shock-the-state third-place finish in the State Tournament in Des Moines.
“It is an honor to see Eric recognized by the state on the First-Team All-State,” said Trojan head coach Lisa Greenig.
Trent won the girls’ Southeast Conference individual championship with a 458 series (259-199). The Trojan girls’ team finished runner-up in the District Tournament, one spot short of qualifying for state.
“It is wonderful that Sara’s efforts throughout the year are recognized by her making the All-State team,” Greenig said.
As for earning All-State honors, Trent said, “Considering this was my last year, I wanted to leave with something big. So this honor is pretty important to me.”
In 2017, Trent set the Fairfield girls’ all-time school record for series (469) and high game (258).
“Sara improved a tremendous amount this season,” Swan said. “She was consistently hitting her mark. She did that last year, too, but even more so this season.”
Said Trent, “I kept my composure more this year. As a senior, I felt it was important to show leadership, and keeping my composure was a key to that.
“I tried to focus on each ball I was throwing. I didn’t worry about the first ball if I made a bad shot — I just focused on that second shot. I didn’t stay mad about a bad shot.”
Keeping calm was critical for Swan, too.
“Last season, I was a little more quick to judge things,” he said. “This year, I was more calm. I knew my settings. I relaxed more, and I was a lot more comfortable this season.”
Hard work helped, too.
“I put my time in all summer,” Swan said. “Whenever that bowling alley was open, I was there. And I got myself in better shape physically, too.”
Swan hopes to compete in bowling at the collegiate level.
Trent is a standout catcher for the Trojan softball team and she has already committed to play at Southeastern Community College.
“This bowling season was a lot of fun,” she said.
“Our team spirit improved from a year ago. We did a lot more cheering. I felt like we wanted it more as a team. Even though we didn’t make it to state as a team, our team chemistry was very strong.”
Trent was thrilled to have some friendly company on the All-State squad.
“I’m glad there is more than one person at Fairfield making All-State,” she said. “The boys’ team went to state, took third, Eric was the anchor — and he handled that role so well.
“I’m happy for Eric — we’ve been best friends for years.”