Monday, June 26, 2006
Steamboat Springs Rising Steamboat Springs tennis star Jamey Swiggart won the Colorado State Junior Tennis Open last weekend at the Country Club of Colorado in Colorado Springs.
The 11-year-old Swiggart, ranked No. 1 in the state for the boy's 12-and-under division, defeated Juan Kang and Sean Moore to get to the semifinals of the prestigious tournament.
Swiggart moved past Jakob Hedderig, 7-6 (7-0), 7-5, to earn an invitation to the finals, in which he went head to head with No. 2 seed Parker Curry for the crown. Swiggart won the match, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, to claim the title and strengthen his position in the state rankings.
Swiggart hoped to pick up a little more experience by playing in the 14-and-under division, as well.
Swiggart lost in the first round to Alex Naegy but rebounded with wins against Robert Bui (6-2, 6-3), Mikel Kosich (6-1, 6-1) and Joe Kelliher (6-0, 6-1) to win the consolation bracket and finish third in that division.
Swiggart was headed to Tennessee this week to take part in the USTA National 12-and-under Clay Court Championships, which will be held in Chattanooga. Match play begins Saturday.