Swope was a four-year starter and had an illustrious career in College Park from 1999-2002. Playing in the outfield for the Terps, Swope finished his career with .331 batting average, 16 home runs and 135 RBI. He is Maryland’s career leader in runs (181), ranks second in hits (253) and walks (106), third in total bases (360), fifth in RBI and at bats (764), and eighth in stolen bases (44).
As a senior in 2002, Swope posted a .368 batting average with 64 runs and 55 RBI to help the Terps win a program-record 34 games. As a junior, Swope ranked third on the team with a .328 batting average and tallied seven home runs and 10 stolen bases.
The New Carrollton, Md., native was taken in the 24th round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos where he spent the season with their Class A affiliate Clinton Lumber Kings and their Class A Short-Season affiliate Vermont Expos.
In 2005, Swope spent the season with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League. Swope and the Wild Things enjoyed a successful season. The Wild Things set a Frontier League record with 63 wins, while Swope hit .309 with nine home runs, including one in the playoffs. Swope had a 28-game hitting streak during the 2008 season.