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Charlotte Latin School senior has always done his best to perform at a high level on the soccer field and inside the classroom. The 17 year old son of Ted and Dana Swimmer has provided steady play and a commitment to all of his teammates over his four year high school soccer career. Matthew has been recognized by both his coaches and peers for being such a well-rounded student-athlete at Charlotte Latin.

Like many of today’s top soccer players, Matthew began playing soccer at age six.

“I began playing through the Siskey and Morrison YMCA programs. At age 8, I joined SCSA club (currently CSA) and have been playing with them ever since. I played middle school soccer for Latin and played 4 years on the Varsity Latin team as well. I have always played Center Back.”

Matthew lists some of his top athletic accomplishments.

“Being named Captain both Junior and Senior Years for Latin’s Varsity Team, winning the Coaches Award Junior Year and being named MVP for this year’s Varsity Team as voted by the players.”

Matthew also says his favorite soccer memories including advancing to the state semifinals with his club team the last three years and advancing to the state semifinals during his freshman year at Charlotte Latin.

Throughout the last four seasons, Matthew has been very dedicated to both his teammates and his school. He has tried hard to learn more about each teammate and help the team build into well-rounded family.

“My favorite part of playing soccer is getting to know your teammates on an athletic level rather than a purely academic level. I also enjoy playing for such supportive fans, both families as well as Latin’s student body.”

Inside the classroom, Matthew has found a pathway to success as well. With a demanding course load, he has recorded an impressive 3.7 grade point average with a strong AP course load. Matthews has been on the Headmaster’s list four straight semesters. Matthew is also involved in SADD, serves as a Student Ambassador, helps publish school literary magazine and tutors lower school students after school in the Latin Extended Day program.

He is also heavily involved in SALT, the Charlotte Latin student leadership team. His soccer coach, Lee Horton nominated him for this leadership position.

“Our purpose is to create unity for all Charlotte Latin School sports and strengthen leadership within teams. We assist with athletic events, share leadership ideas, discuss team challenges and possible solutions, and serve as mentors to upcoming freshmen and new athletes.”

Next year, following graduation, Matthew will attend Wake Forest University where he applied and was accepted in the Early Decision process. The South Charlotte Sports Report salutes Matthew Swimmer for his soccer, academic and leadership skills. We know he will find a way to be a very successful student while at Wake Forest University.