My name is Kayla Swiderski. I would like to share a little bit about who I am as a player, student, and as a person with the hopes of becoming a member of your team in the fall of 2019.
I am a sophomore at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis MO. I have been the starting varsity shortstop and 3 hole hitter for 2 years now. My team is not very talented so I was put in a leadership role as a freshman. Although, I missed 2 games this fall due to a sprained ankle, I am very proud of the fall season I had. I was voted All Conference-1st team, All District-1st team, All Region-1st team, All-State- 2nd Team, All Metro-3rd team. I had a batting average of .528 with 33 RBIs and 3 Home Runs. (See my player profile for additional stats.) I was also voted MVP by my team mates, which I am very proud of. Both my parents played DII softball/baseball and are college coaches. I guess you could say softball is in my blood.
I am entering my 6th year with the St. Louis Stix 01, which is coached by my parents. I am our starting shortstop and the 3 hole hitter with the top batting average for 5 years straight. I have recently received the honor of being one of the "USSSA 2016 Best of the Best!"
As a member of the St. Louis Stix 01 team, we have emerged as one of the top programs in the St. Louis and surrounding areas. We have over an 80% winning percentage in the last 5 years in which we participated in top showcases such as USSSA Select Elite Titan Invite in Evansville IN, and the Scenic City Summer Showcase in Chattanooga, TN. OSU (OK), SEMO, Indiana, and Maryville University to name a few, have expressed interest in our players.
As a student, I am very driven. I have yet to get a B in my educational career. I am recommended for all Honors classes, however to keep a good balance, I decide to take just 3: Honors French 3, Honors Algebra II, and Honors Physical Science. My current GPA is a 4.5. I was recently informed by my high school coach that I will be a part of the All Academic-All-State team. I am aware that without strong academics, a college softball career is not possible.
I have learned many life lessons during my 15 years. My younger brother Jacob was diagnosed at 2 1/2 years old with brain cancer. I was only 4 1/2 years old. He endured 5 brain surgeries, over 5 years of different chemo drugs, and 3 different kinds of radiation, including 10 weeks in Houston TX. He fought an amazing fight for 9 1/2 years and passed away in June 1, 2015. I have learned the importance of perseverance in the midst of tragedy. Faith and family are the most important things in life. Tomorrow is never promised and you only get one shot at this. So, make it your best.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.