Courtesy of GoExplorers.com
PHILADELPHIA – Five former athletes will be inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes, the La Salle Alumni Association and Athletic Department announced today. James Abel ‘66, Jack Moore ‘54, Rachel Papin Knox ‘08, Sean Quigley ‘08, and Mark Swiski ‘82 will be recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game on February 1 vs. Duquesne. A post-game reception and the induction program will follow in the Ballroom of the Student Union on campus at approximately 6:30 PM.
James Abel ‘66 (Langhorne, Pa. / Neshaminy) was a two-time All-American for the Explorers in the 500 and 1650 yard freestyle. Abel helped the Explorers finish third at the NCAA Championship in 1964 and fifth in 1965 and 1966. He won the 1966 Middle Atlantic Conference Championship in the 500 freestyle and set school records in the 200, 500 and 1650 yard freestyle.
Jack Moore ‘54 (Philadelphia, Pa. / Overbrook) helped the La Salle men’s basketball team to the 1952 NIT Championship after averaging 9.2 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game. The following season, he averaged 11.3 ppg. and 11.6 rpg. to help the Explorers back to the NIT. His 12.1 rpg. average is second in program history behind Tom Gola. La Salle posted a 50-10 record during his two seasons on the court. Moore went on to play three seasons in the NBA, winning a league championship in 1956 with the Philadelphia Warriors. He was the first African-American men’s basketball player at La Salle.
Rachel Papin Knox ‘08 (Philadelphia, Pa. / St. Hubert’s) won ten Atlantic 10 individual championships (three cross country, four indoor track and three outdoor track) and was a six-time NCAA qualifier (three cross country, three outdoor). The three A-10 cross country titles are a conference record. She helped the Explorers to four straight Atlantic 10 Championships in cross country. Papin Knox was the A-10 Performer of the Meet six times, including three times in cross country, twice indoors and once outdoors. She set three individual school records (indoor 3k, outdoor 5k, outdoor 10k) and two Atlantic 10 records (indoor 5k, outdoor 5k). Papin Knox was also Academic All-Atlantic 10 and USTFCCCA All-Academic three times.
Sean Quigley ‘08 (Braintree, Mass. / Archbishop Williams) was a decorated distance runner, earning five All-America citations in track and field and two in cross country. He was a NCAA qualifier 11 times (twice in cross country, three times indoors and six times outdoors). Quigley won nine Atlantic 10 individual championships (two in cross country, five indoors and two outdoors) and helped the Explorers to three Atlantic 10 cross country championships. He was the Atlantic 10 Performer of the Meet three times and set three A-10 meet records (indoor mile, indoor 5k, outdoor 5k). Quigley set the school record holder in four events (indoor 3k, indoor 5k, outdoor 5k, outdoor 10k) and was the USTFCCCA Student-Athlete of the Year twice. He qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10k and ran the fastest 10k time in NCAA Division I that season.
Mark Swiski ’82 (Upper Moreland, Pa. / Hatboro) was a three-time all-ECC selection as an outfielder on the La Salle baseball team. He graduated with the second highest batting average (.368), which currently ranks eighth all-time. Swiski also graduated with the second highest batting average in a single season at .426, which was eighth best in the nation that season. As a senior co-captain, he helped the Explorers to a then school record 23 wins. His career on-base percentage of .510 ranks among the best in Explorer history. He was drafted in the 15th Round of the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers and played briefly in minor league baseball.