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Mount St. Mary's Junior Ian Schwing Wins Silver Medal at U.S. Collegiate Mountain Biking Championship

Raimondo Partito
Graduate Assistant, Marketing and Communications

Ian Schwing silver medalist

Ian Schwing, C'25, in October, won the silver medal in the omnium, or best all-round rider, competition at the U.S. Collegiate Mountain Biking Championship, representing the Mount.

Mount St. Mary’s University junior Ian Schwing is a dynamic and enthusiastic force in the world of mountain bike racing. He has carved a path as an extraordinary athlete, pushing boundaries, and setting a new standard for competitive biking. Schwing's dedication, skill and unwavering determination have not only brought him personal success but have also elevated the university's standing in the world of competitive mountain biking.

ian-schwing-in-mount-colors-2.jpgSchwing in October won the silver medal in the omnium, or best all-round rider, competition at the U.S. Collegiate Mountain Biking Championship, representing the Mount. The mathematics major also serves as president of the Mount Cycling Club, leading rides on area trails, and runs an annual summer biking camp at the Mount.

With a fervor for conquering rugged terrains and a relentless drive to excel, Schwing has become a pivotal figure in the mountain bike racing scene. His prowess on the trails is not only a testament to his athletic abilities but also a reflection of his unwavering commitment to the sport.

Schwing believes he is “lucky to be here at the Mount because it’s easy for me to personally know my professors and build relationships. Biking is such a big part of my life, and the professors here allow me to balance both academics and cycling.” He travels all around the country for races, and the university allows him to attend class via Zoom and complete makeup work for missed assignments. He is the son of alumni Stephen Schwing, C’92, and Laura Bannon Schwing, C’94.

Mountain bike racing has not always been easy for Schwing, and it never will be. He declared, “That’s the best part of the sport, there’s always going to be a challenge. It’s important to understand ‘you mess up’ but all you can do is just practice because that’s the only way you can get better. You have tian-schwing-in-mount-colors-1.jpgo always push yourself and be willing to push yourself beyond that limit or edge. Eventually, you’re going to get where you want to be, and nothing beats that. Whether it’s in life or biking.”

Schwing particularly enjoys the challenge of competing for the omnium title, racing in all four disciplines in collegiate cycling: downhill, dual slalom, cross country, and short track. Even qualifying for the category is a challenge; athletes must race at an A level all season for each discipline. “It is a real honor and pleasure to compete with the best all-around guys in the nation during nationals,” Schwing said In earning the silver medal, he scored 25th in downhill, 17th in dual slalom, 9th in cross country, and 4th in short track. Schwing’s tally of 136 points was just two points off the 138 points needed to secure the gold medal. Exhibiting his positive outlook and competitive spirit, Schwing said, “Don't worry, we'll get 'em next time!”

In addition to his podium finish at Nationals, Schwing had multiple other accomplishments this collegiate season, including winning the Atlantic Conference Endurance title and achieving multiple top finishes. He competed for the Mount at Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and Roanoke College, among others.

Schwing’s tenacity and sportsmanship have not only gained him admiration within the biking community but have also made him a respected figure in the university's sporting legacy. His words of advice reflect why he is well-respected both in the biking community and at the university: “Life is all about trying new things, it’s okay to mess up and make a mistake. What’s most important is how you pick yourself back up and move on to the next step!”

Raimondo Partito
Graduate Assistant, Marketing and Communications