IRVINE — Aaron Peirsol sat in a room that is used by ballerinas and gymnasts. With a straight face, the 6-foot-4 swimmer tried his best to answer questions Monday.
He found ways to dance around a couple of them.
Peirsol is one of the captains on the U.S. men's team at the Pan Pacific Championships, which start Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. He is supposed to lead the Americans and be vocal.
The Newport Harbor High graduate has already made sure some of the younger members of the team show off their personality.
Even in swimming, there is hazing.
Peirsol said he helped the U.S. men's and women's teams produce skits, two days before the five-day meet begins. As for embarrassing highlights that included other swimmers, Peirsol stayed quiet.
For good reason, he said.
"Probably nothing appropriate enough to put in the paper," said Peirsol, who confirmed no one received a Tim Tebow-type haircut on Sunday. "We have some funny people on our team.