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Aaron Peirsol places second

March 29, 2003

University of Texas freshman Aaron Peirsol, a product of Newport

Harbor High, was stunned in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke

Friday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Finals, as Stanford junior

Peter Marshall logged a winning 46.67 to repeat as NCAA champion in

the event.

Peirsol, the leader after the preliminaries with a time of 46.27,

finished second to Marshall with a time of 45.71.

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Peirsol was also a member of the 800-meter free relay for the

Longhorns and led off with a 1:34.57 leg. John Suchand, Rainer

Kendrick and Chris Kemp followed to finish first in 6:18.62.

Peirsol is scheduled to swim the 200 backstroke and 400 free relay

today.

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