Peirsol displayed the ultimate farewell.
"I'm still the same kid, the same guy who goofs around," Peirsol said
before he won his fourth straight CIF Division I title in the 100-yard
The Daily Pilot of the Week also won the 200 freestyle and contributed
anchor swims in the victorious 200 free relay and the school-record
breaking 400 free relay, leading the Sailors to their first-ever CIF team
title in swimming.
The senior, bound for the University of Texas, owns seven CIF
individual titles. He nearly broke the national public school record in
the 100 back (47.50) with his personal-best 47.69 and almost broke the
Division I record in the 200 free (1:35.55) with his 1:35.87.
After his performance he jumped back in the pool, celebrating with his
coach, Jason Lynch, and his teammates.
It may be hard to believe, but it's true: Peirsol, after breaking the
world record in the 200-meter backstroke March 20 and breaking two
short-course world records in the 200 back and 200 medley relay April 7,
still enjoys a pizza party with friends. He's still an eclectic music
lover, who especially likes to listen to Led Zeppelin. He still enjoys
laughing out loud.
Yes, he's that kid who passed up Sea View League individual titles so
that he could live it up in the Bahamas.
"It was such a fun trip," Peirsol said of his trip to tape a show for
Nickelodeon. "There was scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkeling and swimming
with dolphins. It really taught me a thing or two about swimming."
Of course, Peirsol was joking about learning from the dolphins. That's
just his style.
It's that same personality that has made him such a pleasure to be
around for his Newport swim teammates.
"The whole experience with Aaron has been something that I won't
forget," said Newport sophomore Michael Bury, who's also a Tar water polo
standout. "Even though he's an Olympian, he's still really down to earth
and very modest."
Perhaps, one of the reasons Peirsol is so down to earth is because he
has found his niche, his calling, so to speak.
Peirsol was made for swimming.
Ever since he became to know the sport as a child he knew he had found