This time, Aaron Peirsol doesn't get a second chance at defending a backstroke gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships.
The Newport Harbor High product on Friday could not depend on a U.S. teammate to reach the finals in his second backstroke event in as many days at the international meet.
Peirsol recorded the third-fastest time overall in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries in the morning, but two fellow Americans finished ahead, eliminating Peirsol from the eight-man final at night at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Only the top two swimmers from a country can reach the finals.
The two spots for the U.S. went to Ryan Lochte and Tyler Clary, who deserved them after finishing first and second in 1 minute, 55.26 seconds and 1:55.56, respectively. Peirsol came in at 1:56.22.
Unlike Wednesday, when Lochte withdrew from the 100 backstroke final and Peirsol gained his spot and went on to win the event, Lochte and Clary did not plan to opt out of Friday night's 200 backstroke finale to allow the hometown swimmer a chance to advance to the main race.