Ryan Clark: Stillwater Academic Athlete – Presented by BancFirst Stillwater

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Stillwater High School varsity swimmer, Ryan Clark, loves being a student-athlete at SHS. As a member of the swim team, Clark competes in several events including the 200 Free, 500 Free, 200 IM, 100 Breast and the 100 Fly. To compete in so many events, you must be physically and mentally prepared. Clark checks the box in both categories. 

In the classroom, Clark maintains a high standard for himself and his report cards reflect it. 

“Academics are of the upmost importance to me as I am a student before an athlete. I am always challenging myself in the classroom and will continue to in college,” said Clark. 

Clark is a member of the Student Council, SMAC, National Honor Society, Beta Club and the Disc Sports Club at Stillwater High School. Somehow he finds the time to practice, compete and be a productive member of the student body. 

“The thing I love most about being an athlete at Stillwater High School is having lots of loyal students, parents and teachers who come to all the swim meets to support even though it is not the biggest sport,” said Clark. 


This season, Clark and his teammates are working to drop their times and prepare for regional and state competitions. 

“This season has been alright so far. I have not had a meet where I’ve dropped a lot of time yet, but with all the training from this season. I’m confident I’ll see some drops at regionals and state,” said Clark. 

The team aspect of swimming is underrated, but Clark knows having close teammates can make all the difference when preparing for the state competition.

“What I love most about my teammates is how close I am to all of them. Our team is a very close-knit group, which is awesome,” said Clark. 

Swimming is a sport that runs in the family. Clark’s older brother has been a big influence on him, in and out of the pool. 

“My older brother Charles has been a huge inspiration to me in and out of the pool as he swam collegiately while being involved with his student body and keeping his grades up,” said Clark. 

Clark leads by example, setting a standard for future varsity swimmers at Stillwater High School to follow.