Clint Swanson balances sports, career in college

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Editor’s Note: The following is an article titled ‘Wolf Tales’ from the Sports Information office at Indiana University East, which is located in Richmond, Indiana. The article spotlights IUE senior Clint Swanson, who is a graduate of Switzerland County High School. The article is reprinted with the permission of the IU East Public Relations office.

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Indiana University East senior Clint Swanson visited “Inside IU East Sports” to chat about his experiences in the Indiana University cadet program and how he balances track and field, classwork, and his duties with the Indiana University Police Department-East.

Clint Swanson burst out of the blocks in the race to prepare for a career in law enforcement, thanks to his involvement in the Indiana University cadet program.

Swanson (Vevay, Ind./Switzerland County High School), a criminal justice major and senior standout on the Indiana University East track and field team, completed cadet and academy training last year. His efforts put him in position to work about 25 hours a week with full-time law enforcement staff at Indiana University Police Department-East this year during his final months on campus.

“My uncle was a cop, and I always wanted to be a cop,” Swanson said. “(Former IU East athlete and cadet) Kyle Hall was a good mentor to me, and he helped me get into the program and into law enforcement. I will have a head up on most people who get into this job. I’ll be academy certified, and then I already have experience in radio traffic, understanding what to do in calls.”

Swanson was one of two IU East students selected for the elite cadet program for the 2015-16 school year. He earned the opportunity following a rigorous application process that included interviews, background checks and fitness assessments. Swanson then spent the summer before his senior year at law enforcement academy at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.

“My favorite experience (of the cadet program) was the experience of going through the academy,” Swanson said. “I got to be with a lot of people who are in my shoes, all the people on other IU campuses coming for police academy. It wasn’t always fun, but it was good to get to know people, and we were all going through the same stuff.

“Getting pepper-sprayed was the most memorable thing. It wasn’t the best memory,” Swanson continued with a laugh, “but we all knew we had to do it, we went, we got it done. It was not fun at all, but we went through it together.”

Swanson says he will start applying for post-graduation jobs toward the end of the fall semester – right about when his final IU East track and field season will kick into high gear.

Swanson is already one of the most decorated track and field athletes in IU East history. He holds five individual school records in sprinting events. He is a two-time conference champion in the 200 meter dash and a two-time conference champion in the 4×400 meter relay. He was the conference men’s track and field athlete of the year in 2015.

“Clint always goes above and beyond what is asked of him,” says IU East track and field coach David Sanders. “That quality alone will translate very well into the career that he has chosen. Clint is the definition of ‘leader by example,’ whether that means on the track, in the classroom or in the community.

“In the past three-and-a-half years, he hasn’t missed a practice, and he comes in every day ready to work. I am proud of how far Clint has come, both on the track and as a man.”

Swanson looks forward to team and individual successes during his final spring in a Red Wolf uniform.

“We have a good chance to do well this year,” he said. “We’ve always had good quality athletes, but never quality and quantity. We have the numbers this year, so I think we can make a big impact on the conference.”