Earlier this year, he won the collegiate bull riding title.
At 20, he became the youngest rider ever to qualify for both the PBR World Finals and the upcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in the same season.
And now, he has won PBR’s Canadian championship.
If you have yet to master the name Daylon Swearingen, get the spelling down now.
You’re going to be using it a lot.
In Saskatoon on Saturday night, Swearingen employed Jess Lockwood’s script from Las Vegas earlier this month: he overcame a giant deficit in the standings to win the Finals and leverage those points to vault to number one on the final day of the season when the rankings count the most.
It’s all quite a feat for the talented and very determined New York cowboy who with a lot of help from points won in Canada with two runner-up and one event win on the Canadian Monster Energy Tour reached the Unleash The Beast premier series level and became Rookie of the Year contender.
Swearingen was top cowboy at a Canadian Finals that was one of the best and most wildly contested in the league history. The 2019 Canadian Champion was determined on the final ride of the 2019 PBR Monster Energy Canadian Finals, presented by Dakota Dunes Casino, in front of a record-setting crowd inside the SaskTel Centre.
Swearingen, who had come into the event ranked No. 4 in the national standings, was flawless with a 4-for-4 performance, allowing him to leapfrog over everyone else after four rounds of intense action.
Dakota Buttar, who had swept the first two rounds, came into round three with the look of the next champion. But he couldn’t make the whistle in the round, and when bucked off in the championship round, the door to the Canadian title was left wide open.
The punching and counter punching did not end after round three. Just like World Finals in Vegas, the race was decided on the final ride in a championship round featuring five riders contending for the championship. Just as in Vegas the “ripped from a Hollywood script” analogy is true again here, with a season-long chase coming down to one final attempt at eight seconds, as if it were a World Series Game Seven tied up in the bottom of the ninth with a full count.
One notable story was Aaron Roy — the three-time Canadian champ who was once told he would never ride bulls again. Roy came into the championship round seeking to write his name in the history books as the second rider to be a multi-winner of Canadian Finals.
Roy set up a must-ride situation for Swearingen when he took Timber Jam for 86 points to complete his perfect 4-for-4 performance inside SaskTel Centre.
Swearingen drew World Finals bucker Tykro Pound Sand in the championship round. He had won his second Monster Energy Tour event on the bovine, marked 86.5 points to capture the final regular-season event in Edmonton, Alberta.
Last night, Swearingen once again told the bull to pound sand with a massive 89 points.
The high-marked ride of the fourteenth annual PBR Canada Finals allowed Swearingento erase Roy’s lead atop the aggregate and capture the Canadian Finals event title and the PBR Canada Championship. Swearingen finished 450.42 points in front of runner-up Buttar and left the SaskTel Centre with a check for a career-high $69,600, including a cool $50,000 bonus.
Fans who want to relive the excitement of 20-year old Swearingen winning a national title — perhaps the first of many — are able to do so on RidePass. The PBR’s subscription-based digital network that exclusively aired all the action live will also house the replays of this must-catch finals event.
TSN will also broadcast the Canadian Finals on Dec. 3 at 11pm ET on TSN 2 and on Dec. 4 at 12:30pm ET on TSN 5.
As the rocketing career of Daylon Swearingen takes off, the 2019 PBR Canadian Finals may just be a classic worth revisiting years from now.