Cait “Swak” Sawicki


Swak went to her first rugby practice as a spectator in 2007. She ended the practice running laps with the team while barefoot and wearing a jean skirt. Keene State College Women’s Rugby Football Club welcomed this oddball with open arms. While a member of KSCWRFC Swak participated in Guinness Book of Records event by playing in the world’s longest rugby match. 24 hours of rain, sleet, snow and of course rugby songs. After college she moved to Lowell and played a few seasons for the Middlesex Barbarians. Looking for something more competitive she heard Charles River was a great team on and off the pitch. She went to her first rat practice in the fall of 2013 and introduced herself as Cait. This lasted only a few minutes before someone recognized her as Swak and the nickname lived on. During the past 8 years Swak has played every position in the back line, propped during a VERY desperate situation, and has held a captain and vice president position. One of her favorite Up River moments was the championship match during the 2014 NERFU tournament. We came tired, bruised, battered and likely hung over, but at the end of the match wanted to keep playing