Swimming spotlight

SHS senior swimmer is looking towards achieving his goals, getting to the state tournament and breaking some records this season


Grace Elder

Clark Wilson stretches out his legs during a warmup before he gets into the pool. Wilson will swim the 500 this year for the Cards.

From practicing 20 hours a week to getting in extra work over the offseason, senior Clark Wilson is getting ready for his final year of swimming here at SHS.

 The SHS swim team has practice two times a week for about an hour before school starts, then they practice after school everyday. This training schedule is allowing Wilson to get on a path to achieve his goals by the end of the season. 

“I’d like to PR in the 200 and 500,” Wilson said. “I want a podium at sectionals … 1:55 200 and at least 5:25 for the 500.”

According to Wilson, he has a great community and great facilities around him which have helped Wilson get to where he is now. His coaches and teachers will always be there for him in and out of school.

“Southport has helped a lot, the coaches are great,” Wilson said. “Matt (swim team head coach) is a tremendous coach, so is coach Frank (strength and conditioning coach). All of the teachers are great at helping with whatever we need.”

Wilson’s family has also played a huge role in where he is today in his swimming career. 

“I’ve been swimming for 11 years now,” Wilson said. “My sister did it. It has been in my family for as long as I can remember.”

Wilson’s teammates also think highly of him. Junior Daniel Sanchez has swam with him the past three years and Wilson has helped him get to where he is now. 

“Clark has been there for me and will always be,” Sanchez said.

With the amount of work and dedication put into swimming at SHS, Wilson plans to do the same in college.