While attending WPHS, Joel spent most of his time in the water chasing that infamous black line at the bottom of the pool. Although most cats don’t swim, this Wildcat was an exception. Joel lead the Wildcats to team championships at the Metro, District, and State levels in the 200 and 400 relays while earning individual gold at all 3 levels in the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle, capturing the FHSAA state record in the later.
As a 4-year varsity letterman and 2-year team captain, Joel received many accolades during his career at WPHS, including 3 MVP Donald Prokes’ Awards, 3 Orlando Sentinel High School Sports Show Athlete of the Week, 3 Who’s Who in Sports by the Orlando Sentinel, 2 Orange County Swimmer of the Year, 2 Pinch a Penny Florida All-Star Team,1 All-American Honorable Mention, 7 First Team All-American, National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) Swimmer of the Year, and the WPHS Athletic Scholarship.
Joel attended Florida State University on a 4-year academic scholarship. While at FSU, Joel was a 4-year varsity letterman, captain of the men’s swimming and diving team, and MVP for 3 years. He holds the school record in the 100 butterfly. As a standout student athlete, FSU twice recognized Joel as a Golden Nole. Joel is very much a family man. His parents, Mark and Mary Susan Roycik (WPHS 1976), have always lovingly supported both Joel and his older brother Dru (WPHS 2000), who played tennis for the Wildcats.
Joel married his high school sweetheart, Jessica Moore (WPHS 2001), and they have two amazing boys, Joel Clark Roycik, Jr. and Jack Greenlee Roycik. As a scratch golfer, he enjoys playing golf with his entire family. Joel has applied the hard work and dedication he learned swimming to the business world, and he is now in his sixth year with Lincoln Property Company.