LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Seth Peterson was probably the most popular guy at Lufkin High School Thursday. The school held a state sendoff for the swimmer as the drumline played and students followed him through the halls.
The junior is headed to state for the first time in the 50-yard freestyle. Peterson's fastest time is 22.39 seconds.
The three-year letterwinner also holds two records at the school, so he's a competitor ready to perform on a big stage.
"I know right before my race I'm just going to be completely focused. I won't talk to anybody. If you come up to me, I probably will not talk at all because I'll be so focused," said Peterson. "Everyone I swim against that I've ever met is really nice. The environment is great at a swim meet. To know all these people are rooting for me, it definitely gets me pumped up for my race tomorrow."
"He has pressure upon him but he deals with it really well. He's able to really focus in and channel in all his energy and put it towards his swimming," said Lufkin swim coach Camilo Orellana.
The state swim meet will be held at the University of Texas in Austin. The preliminaries begin Friday.