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Enthusiastically expecting excellence – AnnaRae Clark

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AnnaRae Clark swam in high school for Dan Flack, Tom Smith, and Laura Pitman at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. She was the 2009 Public and Independent High School National Champions, and that year, their 200 medley relay set the National Public and Independent High School record (fly leg). She was a team captain for Baylor from 2009-2010. In college, she walked on to the University of Alabama’s swim team, but earned a scholarship after her freshman year. She competed at the SEC Championships all four years, and she ranked 6th in UA’s all-time top 10 in the 200 IM in 2011 and 4th in the 200 free in 2012. AnneRae won UA’s Debra Hobart Perseverance, Determination and Spirit Award two years in a row (2011 and 2012), the Leadership Award in 2014, and she was a team captain my junior and senior years (2013 and 2014). Upon retiring from swimming after college, she had no intentions to go back to the sport — she had undergraduate degrees in Journalism, French, and Nutrition, and later received her Masters degree in Journalism. After grad school, she was hired as an editor for The Paris News in Paris, TX, but fell in love with an Air Force pilot, and he found out he was getting transferred to North Dakota. She quit her job, they eloped, and she went with him. They were fixing up their house at the time so she didn’t want to jump right back into journalism, but she decided to coach/teach swim lessons on the side as a way to get me out of the house. Long story short, for the second time in her life, she fell in love with the water, and “here we are.”

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