Enthusiastically expect excellence - AnnaRae Clark

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I swam in high school for Dan Flack, Tom Smith, and Laura Pitman at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, TN. We were the 2009 Public and Independent High School National Champions, and that year, our 200 medley relay set the National Public and Independent High School record (I was the fly leg). I was a team captain for Baylor from 2009-2010. In college, I walked on to the University of Alabama's swim team, but earned a scholarship after my freshman year. I competed at the SEC Championships all four years, and I ranked 6th in UA's all-time top 10 in the 200 IM in 2011 and 4th in the 200 free in 2012. I won UA's Debra Hobart Perseverance, Determination and Spirit Award two years in a row (2011 and 2012), the Leadership Award in 2014, and I was a team captain my junior and senior years (2013 and 2014). Once I "retired" from swimming after college, I had no intentions to go back to the sport -- I had undergraduate degrees in Journalism, French, and Nutrition, and I was working on my Masters degree in Journalism. After grad school, I was hired as an editor for The Paris News in Paris, TX, but I fell in love with an Air Force pilot, and he found out he was getting transferred to North Dakota. I quit my job, we eloped, and I went with him. We were fixing up our house at the time so I didn't want to jump right back into journalism, but I 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 my life, I fell in love with the water, and here we are.

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