Lake Norman & Mooresville

With bright future, Hough swimmer focuses on present

Peter Brumm has accomplished nearly everything a high school and club swimmer can hope in the pool, winning everything from Junior National gold medals to state championships while qualifying for the U.S. Olympics trials and earning a full scholarship to Michigan.

But like many standout athletes, the Hough senior's career didn't start out on a podium.

His mother, Mary Ann, wasn't sure if her son would even like the sport at all, after he threw up on his instructor during his first lesson at age 4.

While Brumm, 18, doesn't quite have the same reaction before diving into the pool today, he says he still gets nervous before every swim meet.

"If you stop getting nervous, I think you lose the fun of racing," Brumm said. "Every single time I get ready for a race, I have the same routine. That always helps me to make the big meets small and the small meets big."

Brumm started taking swimming more seriously after joining his SwimMAC Carolinas club team at age 8.

"Pete was not always the leader of the pack in the pool growing up," said Mary Ann. "But coaches and parents would also talk about his potential, given the size of his hands and feet and his strong work ethic."

During his sophomore year, when he was at Lake Norman Charter, Brumm, now 6-foot-2 with a size 15 shoe, started to realize just how good he could be.

That winter and spring, Brumm won the 1A/2A state championships in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle while also earning Junior National and national-qualifying times to establish himself as one of the top young swimmers in the Southeast.

Brumm was invited to the USA Swimming National Zone Qualifier at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., a distinction reserved for the top 30 15- and 16-year-old swimmers in the country.

Last year, Brumm used his momentum to challenge himself even further when he transferred to Hough High.

Brumm quickly impressed at Hough, winning the state title in 100-yard butterfly (49.41 seconds) and finishing second in the 200 freestyle.

Brumm and Hough won the I-Meck conference championship in their inaugural season and finished fifth in 4A Western Regional and state meets.

"Peter Brumm is definitely one of the top swimmers I've even seen," said Hough coach Tim Queen, a 23-year coaching veteran who has coached dozens of college swimmers in his career.

Brumm excelled in junior season for SwimMAC, helping set a national record for his age group in the 800 free relay (6:33.21) before posting U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying times in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly and the 200-meter freestyle.

Brumm will get his shot at swimming for the U.S. National team in the 2012 Olympic Games when he goes to the Olympic Trial June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb.

While Brumm is excited about his future, he is still as focused on the present.

Brumm and Hough hope to finish their season on top. After a dominant performance at the I-Meck championships - with Brumm winning I-Meck titles in 100-yard butterfly and backstroke, the Huskies beat their closest competition in Lake Norman by 185 points - winning a regional and state title is not out of the question.

"We definitely want to win a state championship for Hough," said Brumm. "We feel like we are one of the teams that has a chance to do it."

Brumm's individual future is just as bright.

"My goals right now will be just to go to Michigan and have an impact as a freshman," Brumm said. "After Michigan, well, that is a long way away right now. We will just have to see how things go."