Clara Ho ’98, Swimming
Clara Ho learned at an early age the importance of being a well-rounded athlete and to not take herself too seriously. Clara recalls, “An all-star coach I had when I was little told me to ‘save my tears for something more important’ when I cried after losing a race. He said I would have thousands more races in my lifetime and this was just a stepping stone in my athletic career. I never cried again in my racing career.” Not that she had many occasions to cry. Clara swam on Moreau’s varsity girls swim team all four years she attended Moreau. Throughout her high school career, Clara won All League and MVP from 1995 – 1998. She was also an individual NCS and HAAL Champion from 1995 – 1998 and in 1996 her team won the HAAL Championship. Clara held school records in all events except the 100-yard breaststroke and broke the National Independent School Record in the 100-yard butterfl y in 1998.
In 1995 – 1996 Clara was on the US National Junior Team in Paris where she won a bronze medal and the Exceptional Performance award. In 1998 – 1999 she was on the US National Team and represented the US at the Short Course World Championships in Hong Kong in April 1999.
Clara’s success in the pool did not end with her high school career. She attended Texas A&M University in the fall of 1998, majoring in business management with an emphasis in human resources. At Texas, Clara earned the Newcomer of the Year award in 1999, was Big XII Champion in the 100 and 200 butterfl y in 1999 and 2000, and was the All-American in the 200 butterfl y in 2001. Clara was also a 3-time MVP, 4-time NCAA Qualifi er, and 2-time Olympic Trails Qualifi er. Clara’s academic excellence in college also earned her a spot on the Big XII Commissioner Honor Roll, and she was honored as a Texas A&M Most Exceptional Student Athlete as well as a GTE & Verizon Scholar Athlete. Clara graduated from Texas A&M in August 2002.
Clara works for the San Francisco Giants as an executive assistant in the legal and government affairs department. She is also acting workers compensation and minor league player benefi ts administrator for the organization.
Clara credits her experiences at Moreau for helping her to learn how to balance school life and athletics, in addition to shaping her professionally. Clara says, “Athletics are a beautiful thing that has helped shape me and my professional career. I loved it when I played and I still love it now on the administrative side of sports. Sports are a form of entertainment, nothing more and nothing less. MCHS was instrumental in helping me keep balance in life by allowing me to be a full-time student and a world class athlete at the same time.”