IRVINE — If Aaron Peirsol was upset, he sure kept a great poker face Wednesday night at Irvine High.
Peirsol might not have felt upset, but David Plummer of Minnesota definitely pulled one off.
The 6-foot-4 Peirsol doesn't usually get out-touched in the 100-meter backstroke, or any backstroke race for that matter. But in his former home pool, on a big stage, it was a shocker that had the crowd buzzing at the USA Swimming National Championships.
Plummer took the win, holding off Peirsol's rally to win the national championship in the 100 back in 53.60 seconds. Peirsol, the 100 back gold medalist at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing games, took silver in 53.63.
It was the first time Peirsol, the 2002 Newport Harbor High alumnus who was the defending national champion in the event, had failed to win it at a national-level competition since he finished fourth at the 2000 Olympic trials.