The Columbia Missourian reported last week on swimmer Bennett Clark, who skipped his senior year to focus on his pursuit of Olympic glory.
Instead of attending classes this year, Clark has been training in Charlotte, North Carolina with the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. Clark competes in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and expects stiff competition in the Olympic trials this summer.
Regardless of the outcome, he is happy with his decision to train fulltime:
I’ve learned things and accomplished things that I couldn’t have done in a college season. Even if I don’t make the Olympic team, I know that I will have at least given myself the best chance to do so.