Prep athlete spotlight: Lincoln’s Sara-Kellett Clark

Prep athlete spotlight: Lincoln’s Sara-Kellett Clark

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Prep athlete spotlight: Lincoln’s Sara-Kellett Clark

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Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark swims during ATAC’s Long Course Invitational over the summer.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark swims during ATAC’s Long Course Invitational over the summer.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark has been swimming year-round for the last eight years. She also holds a 3.7 GPA.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark has been swimming year-round for the last eight years. She also holds a 3.7 GPA.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark (middle lane) swims during ATAC’s Long Course Invitational over the summer at Trousdell Aquatic Center.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark (middle lane) swims during ATAC’s Long Course Invitational over the summer at Trousdell Aquatic Center.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark swims during ATAC’s Long Course Invitational over the summer.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark swims during ATAC’s Long Course Invitational over the summer.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark makes her flip while swimming practice laps at Trousdell Aquatic Center.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark makes her flip while swimming practice laps at Trousdell Aquatic Center.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark (middle) heads in to the wall as Chiles sophomore Stephanie Holmes pushes off, during a recent ATAC practice.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark (middle) heads in to the wall as Chiles sophomore Stephanie Holmes pushes off, during a recent ATAC practice.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark spends her days in the pool, swimming for her club ATAC as well as her Trojans team. She primarily swims the 200 and 500 freestyle events, of which she’s on pace to set personal best times. Out of the pool Clark has a 3.7 GPA.

Prior to a 30-minute band and medicine ball workout that preceded ATAC workouts, on the same day she had a meet at night, Clark found time to chat about her intensely busy schedule.

Question: Let’s start with your first name. I assume you were named after someone.

Answer: “My name is Sara-Kellett. It’s after my mom’s dad’s mom, whose name was Kellett. Basically a great grandmother. My parents just came up with the Sara part.”

Q: How hard is it to explain that it’s not the last name that’s hyphenated?

A: “It’s very difficult. [Laughs] Most of the time, they call me SK.”

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark pushes off the wall and heads up toward the surface into backstroke position during a recent practice.

Lincoln junior Sara-Kellett Clark pushes off the wall and heads up toward the surface into backstroke position during a recent practice.

Q: As far as being a year-round swimmer, how long have you been doing that?

A: “Probably about seven or eight years. It’s been a long time, but I never get tired of it. I love it so much, the atmosphere, my friends. We’re all family. You either love it or you hate it. There’s no in-between.”

Q: How many times a week are you at Trousdell?

A: “There’s no telling. Fourteen? Somewhere around there. It’s a lot. You’ve just got to stay motivated during practice and keep up with the school work.”

Q: How do you instill that measure of discipline into a 9 or 10 year old?

A: “I think it’s (ATAC) coach Terry (Maul). He did most of it. He motivates us to stick with it.”


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