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Bobinator
June 22nd, 2014, 11:26 PM
It is with great sadness that I announce today (6-22-2014) a great swimmer and friend Chris Clarke of Indy Aquatic Masters passed away while competing in a 2 mile open water swim race at Eagle Creek Reservoir. Chris Clarke was 45 years old. I don't have much information to share at this time. It's believed he suffered a heart attack approximately 1/3 a mile from the race finish. He was in the lead pack at the time of the incident. The emergency rescue personal responded immediately, brought him to shore and started CPR.
RIP Chris.

knelson
June 22nd, 2014, 11:58 PM
I heard about this earlier today. Truly devastating. Chris was a teammate of mine at Michigan State as well as a friend. I'm sure anyone who knew Chris can attest that when he was around things were going to be fun. He was just that kind of guy. Condolences to Chris' family.

fdtotten
June 23rd, 2014, 07:42 AM
This is so profoundly tragic and devastating. I had only met Chris recently this year when we swam several workouts together while he was vacationing with his family at Fort Myers Beach in Florida just before the YMCA Nationals in Sarasota. During those few workout sessions I discovered what a dynamic person and terrific swimmer Chris was. His presence was inspiring, fun, encouraging, and motivating. I will always remember him. My heartfelt condolences to all the family and friends of Chris.

FindingMyInnerFish
June 23rd, 2014, 08:28 AM
No matter how much comfort it might be to know that someone goes out doing something they love, it can't erase the sense of loss, and my prayers are with the family and friends.

DeniseMW
June 23rd, 2014, 09:18 AM
It's always sad to hear of a loss like this, and I, too, send prayers to his family and friends.

pwb
June 23rd, 2014, 10:43 AM
I am so, so sad to hear of this news. Chris was a great guy, a great competitor and entirely too young. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

kentmj
June 23rd, 2014, 12:06 PM
I swam with Chris at Michigan State. We trained together in the distance lane every day. Had huge zest for life and always seemed to have a great time no matter what. Always saw life with the glass half full perspective. Can not believe this has happened. I will never forget him and the great times we had together in the pool and in life.

StewartACarroll
June 23rd, 2014, 01:12 PM
When I heard about this I could not believe what I was reading. I am just numb. He will be very sorely missed and my heart goes out to his family, especially his daughter who he thought the world of. Truelly a sad sad day.

ekw
June 23rd, 2014, 01:44 PM
No matter how much comfort it might be to know that someone goes out doing something they love, it can't erase the sense of loss, and my prayers are with the family and friends.

I can't say it better than this so I will just say, "mine too." This is terribly sad.

thewookiee
June 23rd, 2014, 01:55 PM
Was this the Chris Clarke that posted on the forum?

knelson
June 23rd, 2014, 02:13 PM
Was this the Chris Clarke that posted on the forum?

Yes.

thewookiee
June 23rd, 2014, 02:37 PM
Yes.

Thanks Kirk. I never met Chris but anytime I pm'd him with a question, he was always kind and quick to respond.