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Running Toward Success

August 27, 2014 - by Hannah Shaffer

Financial mathematics major Chase Swisher ’15 is running toward success, both on and off the track.

A sprinter and long jumper, Swisher is a member of the Mount Union men’s track and field team, the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Champions. He participated in the 1,600-meter relay at the championship, the final event and deciding factor to winning the title.

Swisher had one word to describe the way he felt directly after becoming a national champion – gratification.

“It was everything anyone who competes in track and field could dream of,” Swisher said. “To win the meet on the final event, and winning the event itself, was just icing on the cake. It is something my teammates and I talked about all year and believed we could make happen.”

They say “you can only go up from here,” but when you’ve just won a national championship title, how much higher can you reach? Swisher and fellow team members are striving for the stars, setting goals for next season to win the NCAA indoor title and successfully defend their outdoor title.

“Winning is contagious!” Swisher said. Personally, he hopes to win an individual national championship in the 400-meter dash and participate in the 1600-meter relay at the National Championship once more.

As the National Championship was held in close proximity to Swisher’s hometown of Lewis Center, Ohio, he was ecstatic to receive loving support from high school friends and family, including his brother (Management Major Garrett Swisher ’16) and two adopted sisters from Guatemala.

“One thing that has gotten me through tough stretches in school or during the track season is having a brother right here at Mount Union with me and a loving family back home that hasn’t missed a track meet yet,” Swisher said.

As if balancing studies and athletics isn’t enough to keep him busy, Swisher is an active member of the Psychology Club and holds a student assistant position in the Office of Alumni Engagement at Mount Union, helping to carry out various on and off-campus events for the alumni community.

“Having a great support group of coaches, friends and teammates makes it much easier to be a student athlete because they understand how important it is for me to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom,” Swisher said.

Though undecided about his future career goals, Swisher is excited for the opportunities in front of him and is considering working in hedge funding.

“There are so many possibilities,” he said.

What Swisher loves most about his major in financial mathematics is the required day-to-day problem solving.

“The professors in the Department of Mathematics do a tremendous job of developing the skillset of each student and always find a way to put students and our success first,” Swisher said.

Swisher spent the majority of his summer problem solving in the Sunshine State, holding an internship position at Worldwide Superabrasives (WWSA) in Boynton Beach, Florida. Swisher’s main responsibility was to provide assistance in the company’s accounting department.

Swisher’s aspirations have only grown larger with time, from dreaming of owning a McDonald’s as a child to now discovering and pursuing his love for math. Following graduation, he plans to travel outside of the state, but ultimately hopes to end up back in Ohio, close to Mount Union.

“I feel at home here,” Swisher said. “This is a school that puts you in the position to succeed as long as you are willing to put in the work. I owe a lot of my success to the people I have met at Mount Union.”

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