Jake Knowles, of Lockport. | Tim Tierney~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 22, 2013 6:12AM
Jake Knowles, a senior with Lockport swimming, won the 100-yard breaststroke and 100 freestyle last season at the Sandburg Sectional.
He was breaststroke runner-up at the recent Evanston Invitational that included the state’s top teams.
How did you get started in swimming?
My sisters started swimming at a country club. I didn’t want to start. My first race my mom pushed me in the water because I didn’t want to do it. But ever since then I loved swimming.
How much did you watch the Olympics?
I enjoyed the Olympics very much. Ryan Lochte did awesome. Every four years swimming becomes a huge sport — everyone is like, “Wow, swimmers are really good athletes.”
Have you decided on a college?
I’m still looking. I want to get a graduate degree in physical therapy, so if the school had kinesiology. ... And be involved with swimming.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Daniel Craig. He’s James Bond.
Who would be your celebrity prom date?
Mila Kunis. She’s very attractive.
Who’s the one person you’d like to meet?
James Dean. He never really got to finish his life. He died at a young age. Who knows what he could have done.
I listen to everything besides heavy metal. I’m not a fan of that.
Favorite sports team?
I used to be a big Cubs fan, but it’s getting hard. It’s getting a little hard.
What will you remember most about your high school years?
The teachers really push you to be the best you can be in education and out of school, just being the best person you can be.
As told to Tim Tierney