You wouldn't have guessed Adam Pircon, a state-qualifying Hinsdale Central swimmer, didn't like pools when he first starting swimming. According to High School Cube News:
Hinsdale Central junior swimmer Adam Pircon was not a fan of the water as a little kid.
Even though his four older siblings were swimmers, Pircon was reluctant to dive in when his family headed to the pool at Hinsdale Golf Club. Laura Nelson, a pool lifeguard who swam at Hinsdale Central and then Dartmouth, finally found out how to get him in the water when Pircon was 6.
“She told me she would give me a dollar if I went in and I jumped right in,” Pircon said. “He would panic and just did not want to swim, but as soon as [Nelson] got him in the water for that dollar, he’s loved it,” said Pircon’s mom, Sue Pircon. “She worked with him for probably five months after that.”
Adam Pircon started swimming competitively when he was 8, but he also participated in football and lacrosse. As a freshman, he played football for Hinsdale Central and was on the bass fishing team, but became dedicated to swimming before his sophomore year.