Seth to State

Bradley Woods, Writer

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Swimming like a barracuda, Seth Petersen took placed 16th overall in the 50 meter freestyle at the Texas UIL State competition.

He is the first junior to qualify for state level competition, Seth nearly had a high school record breaking time of 22.60 Seth is the first Lufkin swimmer to make state since 2013.

“After the first 25 meters,” he said. “I was a little behind my opponent, so for the final 25, I didn’t take a breath.”

Petersen said he didn’t really expect to win at regionals, but he had encouragement from his team and just couldn’t let them down.

“When the race was finished, I hadn’t realized that I had placed first,” Petersen said. “I glanced over my shoulder because people were yelling and cheering and saw the scoreboard. It turns out I did win first!”

Senior Jessie Livin said she did not expect anyone to advance to state.

“But Seth has always been insanely fast in the water,” she said.

Second year Coach Camilo Orellana believes it has been a “fantastic” year.

“I am very proud of Seth and the team for making it as far as they have,” Orellana said. “I plan for next year to go just as well if not, better.”