There are many reasons for an athlete to choose a particular sport. Saucon Valley senior Brian Peterson's case, injuries suffered during his freshman year helped propel him toward the pool, where he has excelled.
Brian initially suffered a knee injury while skiing as a ninth-grader, and that spring he further injured his knee while running for the track team.
As a result of these injuries, in his sophomore year he decided to try swimming. Although it is not an easy task to begin competitive swimming so late, Brian made up for his lack of experience by swimming at the Emmaus Aquatic Club five days a week in order to improve his technique and times.
He now swims in the 200m and 500m freestyle events and is also a member of the Panthers' 200m and 400m free relay teams. His personal goals are to finish at the district meet with a time in the 200m event of 1:55 or faster and a time in the 500m event of 5:15 or faster, and based upon his current performances his goals are within reach.
Brian is a member of the Saucon Valley chapter of the National Honor Society, Model UN and Spirit Club (Slip 'n Slide), and he is also treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America chapter. Math is his favorite subject and he has a keen interest in the stock market. Brian would like to major in business and marketing at Clemson University in South Carolina. Buffalo chicken as well as mac and cheese are his favorite foods.
During a visit to Seattle two years ago his uncle introduced him to kite boarding and wakeboarding, which are now activities he enjoys each summer at the Chesapeake Bay aboard his family's 40' Silverton convertible boat.
Brian has an older brother, Adam, a younger brother, Mark, and is the son of Gary and Barbara Peterson.