Adam Peterson is a senior swimmer for the Pekin Co-op, and is currently ranked among the area's best in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle events. He qualified for the state tournament last season in the 50 free and in the 100 breaststroke. After three seasons with the same coach with the Dragons, Peterson is swimming for first-year coach Christine Dunn his final season in high school.

Journal Star reporter Johnny Campos asked Peterson five questions:

1. After making it to the state meet in two events last season, did you put some extra pressure on yourself this season to at least match last year's performance at sectional?

"Yes, I definitely have been working a lot harder to get myself back to the state meet. I push myself in every set of every practice to get better."

2. You went to state in the 50 free and the 100 breast. Do you know yet if you will be competing in the same events this season at sectional? What will determine that?

"I want to focus on the 50 free and the 100 free, and I think Coach Dunn feels as if that is her goal as well. How well I swim in upcoming meets and invites will determine my final events at sectionals." 

3. How difficult has it been getting a new coach for your senior year after having the same one for your first three years in high school?

"It was hard at first, but I have adjusted to having different style practices, and a different schedule. The team has done a really good job as a whole being flexible and adjusting to the differences."

4. Your team is off to a good start, with some talented young swimmers in the program. How much of a leadership role are the seniors taking to help with the team chemistry?

"The upperclassmen in general have been huge leaders on this team. We have been pushing the younger swimmers to achieve their goals and to always work hard."

5. What are your college plans, and do you plan to continue your swimming career after high school?

"I have already committed to attend Western Illinois University to major in Fire Science and to continue swimming."