Alex Swiatlowski, from the recently crowned Oak Bay AAA boys volleyball team, has committed to the UBC Okanagan Heat for the 2012-13 Canada West season.
The 6-foot-7 outside hitter was a key piece of the team that sat atop the rankings for the entire season, then claimed the B.C. crown against the Earl Marriot Mariners on Dec. 3 at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Swiatlowski received first-team all-star honours for his efforts in the tournament.
Swiatlowski’s volleyball resume includes four city and Island championship titles, a U14 provincial silver medal, 2009 provincial champion, 2010 Island silver medalist, 2010 U16 national volleyball bronze medalist, 2011 UBC Invitational Champion, and (Island championship volleyball MVP and two-time all-star), and member of the 2010 Volleyball B.C. team.
Swiatlowski has expressed his interest in UBC’s science program
“UBC Okanagan is well known for its outstanding science programs and a high standard of achievement. Wanting to move into the medical field, I believe that UBCO is simply the best option,” says Swiatlowski.
Alongside his academic ambitions, Swiatlowski is excited for the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
“Having the ability to play at the CIS level for volleyball has been one of my dreams from the start.
“It is quite a unique opportunity to transition to the CIS level with the team. After meeting with the team and staff it has become clear that they are like a family. Win or lose, they are a team, and that is very important to me. To me, UBC Okanagan means that I will be able to study and compete at the highest level without sacrificing one or the other.”
Swiatlowski’s coach at Oak Bay, Al Carmichael, has high hopes for him in the years to come.
“Alex is one of those few kids who came through the system who are truly ready to play at the CIS level in their first year,” says Carmichael. “He is mature, dedicated and a student of the game. Academically, he is one of the strongest student-athletes we’ve had the pleasure to work with, consistently in the mid 90s.”
Swiatlowski is the first recruit UBC Okanagan Heat head coach Greg Poitras has signed for the upcoming season and he is excited about adding a player as skilled as Swiatlowski.
“We feel great about Alex coming to UBC Okanagan. Alex is a big, athletic guy who can play multiple positions. For someone his size, at 6-7, his skills are very good for a young volleyball player,” says Poitras. “His desire to excel in everything he does and his commitment to meeting all of his responsibilities separated him from others during this recruiting process. We are thrilled to have him in our program.”