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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Shocker: Aaron Peirsol Misses Finals in 100 Back -- July 27, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 27. WORLD record holder Aaron Peirsol played the semifinal round too cool, and missed out on the championship final by .10 seconds in the men's 100 back at the FINA World Championships.


Peirsol checked in with a ninth-place 53.22 to miss a chance to defend his world record and title.

"I thought I was in a better place than I was, obviously," Peirsol said. "That is a big surprise for me and a bit of a disappointment. I'll be watching from the stands too. At least we got one American with Matt Grevers in there. I just completely misjudged where I was. It is what it is."

Japan's Junya Koga set a meet record with a 52.39 to lead semis, and break Aschwin Wildeboer's mark of 52.93 set in prelims. Germany's Helge Meeuw (52.49) and Japan's Ryosuke Irie (52.73) completed the top three, all from the first semifinal.

Wildeboer (52.76), Grevers (52.82), Greece's Aristeidis Grigoriadis (53.03), Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin (53.11) and Great Britain's Liam Tancock (53.12) snagged the rest of the transfer spots.


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July 27, 2009 Hopefully Peirsol can hammer a fast one in prelims of the relay just to show what could have been.
Submitted by: Coach Dude
July 27, 2009 Will he definitely still get the relay spot, assuming he does OK in the 200 back and Grevers doesn't beat his 51.9 from Trials?
Submitted by: liquidassets
July 27, 2009 Depending on how Grevers does in the finals and also whether or not he advances in the 50 back (on the last day), he may completely bypass the medley relay in favor of letting Peirsol go fast in the prelims to secure his night spot. Unless he goes 52-very low tomorrow, I actually think the coaches may put him in prelims and Peirsol in finals based on past performances, especially Nationals, where Peirsol beat Grevers by about 1.2 secs!

Honestly, all due respect to the eight guys that made it, but I hope one of them gets food poisoning and pulls out (like Bal did at Nats) so Peirsol can swim!
Submitted by: SwimDER94
July 27, 2009 I don't think so liquidassets. The way the US Team usually operates is whoever finishes ahead in the individual event gets the nod for the Medley Relay Final, unless that swimmer decides to step aside. Matt Grevers may do that if he thinks it is in the best interests of the team. Whoever swims the prelims still gets whatever medal is won by their team members in the final though.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 27, 2009 Cobber, I'm honestly not sure the Americans can win the medley relay without Aaron. I think the US coaches know that too...
Submitted by: SwimDER94
July 27, 2009 What might be in the best interest is to have Peirsol swim the medley relay prelims and if he's faster than Grever's time from tomorrow he should swim the final too. Otherwise I guess the coaches and Grevers should work it out depending on how Peirsol does in the 200 back.
Submitted by: liquidassets
July 27, 2009 I think that you are right SwimDER94, and that liquidassets plan sounds good, and may well be what the US coaches decide. The US Team seems to be struggling a bit at the moment, and they really need both Michael Phelps and Rebecca Soni to win tonight to perhaps kick-start their medal tally. I know that they have had four fourth place finishes, but at this stage in 2007 they had six medals to only two so far this time around. We Aussies have five this time compared to six last time, so we are tracking pretty much the same so far.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 27, 2009 I don't think Australia has many medal chances tomorrow. Outside possibilities in women's 100 breast and women's 1500.

For the Americans, we are practically assured medals in men's 200 free and women's 100 breast, and then outside possibilites in other 3.
Submitted by: SwimDER94
July 27, 2009 I think that we are a medal chance in the Women's 100m Back too. Emily is seeded third. On this night in 2007 the Americans won four gold medals and set three world records. Since the World Championships have been held every two years the American Team seems to do better in the championships before the Olympics, whereas the Aussies seem to do better in the year just after the Olympics. Weird, huh? Anyway, so long as the Pan-Pac nations finish with more medals than the LEN nations at the end of the meet.......that is the competition within the competition!
Submitted by: Cobber
July 27, 2009 Agree with the last part Cobber!

Actually, I think the 100 back medalists are most definitely going to be Coventry, Zueva, and Spofforth (in some order). Seebohm probably an outside chance, and I also think Hayley McGregory has about the same chance to sneak in if one of the top 3 falters - her PB is 4th best in the field (59.11)
Submitted by: SwimDER94
July 27, 2009 Wow, didn't realize US only has two medals so far, yikes! Yeah several 4th places and also several 9th places missing finals altogether. The PanPac nations vs. European nations seems like roughly a fair fight for the men, but not for the women with Australia and US being the 1st and 2nd ranked women's teams last year....
Submitted by: liquidassets
July 27, 2009 then again, maybe things have changed....
Submitted by: liquidassets
July 27, 2009 Hopefully we'll get the bragging rights again over those pesky Europeans :)After the Aussies I always go for the Yanks, the Canucks, and then the Kiwis. I like a lot of the Japanese swimmers too.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 28, 2009 hayley mcgregory did something aaron peirsol couldn't do
Submitted by: xxgeffxx
July 28, 2009 I'll be glad when this "suit infested" fiasco posing as the World Championships is over. The US Team is still struggling. After night three in 2007 they had 12 medals, including 6 gold. This time around? 5 medals, and only 3 gold. We are Aussies aren't fairing quite so badly. We have the same amount of medals with 6, but only 1 gold where we had 3. We better lift our games or our European friends will be bragging for the next two years!
Submitted by: Cobber
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