Erik Swartout, who built a reputation as a standout Eatonville High School basketball player with his shooting and overall offensive skills, is showing the same traits at the college level for Pacific Lutheran University.
Swartout hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to clinch a 76-75 win over Schreiner earlier this season in the Doug McArthur Men’s Basketball Classic at the University of Puget Sound.
The heroics of Swartout, who was a multi-season all-league performer at Eatonville before graduating in 2012, capped a thrilling finish to the Lutes’ victory. Schreiner rallied from a 17-point deficit and took a 73-70 lead with 16 seconds remaining. PLU managed a 73-73 tie on a three-point play by Arvid Isaksen, but Schreiner’s Al Myres made two free throws to put the Mountaineers ahead again 75-73. That’s when Swartout sank his third three-pointer at the final buzzer, giving him three treys in as many attempts for the night.
Swartout, a 6 foot 1 guard, is in his sophomore season with PLU, where he’s a Dean’s List scholar. He’s in his second season as an assistant coach for Eatonville’s boys basketball team, whose head coach is his father, Mark Swartout.