U.S. Open Qualifier Mac Clark Sends Verbal To Tennessee (2025)

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Mac Clark of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has announced his verbal commitment to swim and study at the University of Tennessee. Clark has one year remaining at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School, and will arrive in Knoxville next fall for the 2025-2026 season.

I’m thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic careers at the University of Tennessee. I’d like to thank my family, coaches, friends, and teammates for helping me reach this point. I also want to give a special thanks to all of the coaches at Tennessee for extending me the opportunity to be a Vol. Can’t wait to get to Rocky Top! Go Vols!”

Clark, a distance freestyle specialist, trains and competes year-round with Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics. He is a U.S. Open qualifier in the 500, 1000, and 1650, as well as in the 400m, 800m and 1500m in long course. Clark also holds numerous Allegheny Mountain LSC Records, including the boys’ 15-16 1000, which used to be the oldest yards record for the LSC by more than a decade.

This past December, Clark competed at Speedo Winter Juniors – East, where he recorded his top finish in the 1650. He stopped the clock at 15:18.12 to finish 11th overall and take nearly twenty seconds off his previous best time. He also set personal bests in the 500 (4:26.61) and 400 IM (4:01.65) earning 23rd and 65th, respectively.

More recently, Clark has opened his long course season with a slew of best times this spring. At the ISCA International Senior Cup, he collected wins in the 400 IM (3:58.29/4:33.31), 1500m (15:46.48), 800m (8:15.93), and 400m free (4:00.91) with best times across all of them. This month he cracked the 4:00 barrier in the 400m free, as he clocked a 3:59.76 at the Holtrey Summer Classic.

Top SCY Times

  • 500 free – 4:25.26
  • 1000 free – 9:07.23
  • 1650 free – 15:18.12
  • 400 IM – 3:58.29

The Tennessee Vols finished 5th as a team at the 2024 SEC Championships with a total of 992 points. With over a year before arriving on campus, Clark already owns a personal best in the 1650 that would have scored this year. 

Jake Narvid led the distance squad with a 10th place finish at SECs (14:57.29), while Joey Tepper (15:11.00) and Rafael Ponce De Leon (15:12.15) also scored with 19th and 20th place finishes. Clark’s arrival is timely for the Vols, as Tepper, Narvid, and Ponce De Leon were all seniors last season. 

Clark joins Jack McCoy, Mike McCarthy, Gabe Nunziata, Liam O’Connor, Luke Amerson, and Ian Combs in Tennessee’s class of 2029. 

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Uncle Stevie
11 days ago

I know that dude!

Reply to  Uncle Stevie
10 days ago

Me too Sid. Congrats Mac.