Tuesday, October 13, 2009
On October 9, 2009, Ketia Swanier and the Phoenix Mercury defeated the Indiana Fever for the 2009 WNBA Championship. A proven winner, Ketia now adds WNBA champion to her impressive resume. The former Georgia AAAA Player of the Year and UCONN standout, played a key role throughout the season and playoffs, backing up Temeka Johnson at the PG position. Having started the season with the Connecticut Sun, Ms. Swanier quickly adapted to the new uptempo pace of the Phoenix Mercury providing quickness, defensive pressure and leadership for the Mercury.
This season was a dream-come-true for the 2nd year player out of UCONN. Players such as Temeka Johnson and Diana Taurasi spoke throughout the season about the spark that Ketia provided off of the bench. Ms. Swanier credited Temeka Johnson for making the transition easier in the new system and on a new team. The future is promising for the guard, as she will be asked to perform at an even higher level for the Mercury, while pressing the defense with her penetration and improved jump shot.
Ms. Swanier will be heading to Turkey shortly to continue her basketball season. Prior to her departure, she will make a few appearances on behalf of her foundation - Ketia4Kidz - starting with a school visit at Dexter Elementary School in Ft. Benning on October 14th. The foundation will also honor Ketia, by hosting a Championship Dinner at Olive Tree Restaurant on Sunday, October 18th. Ketia will be on-hand to meet with sponsors, donors, family and friends, as well as raise awareness and funding for the foundation.
For more information, please contact Ketia4Kidz at Ketia4Kidz@yahoo.com. For media requests and interviews please contact Quency Phillips (Quency@FuzionAM.com).