It was his way of staying connected to the sport that gave him so much.
Since 2005, Evolution Swim Academy has instructed thousands of students to be safer, more confident swimmers.
Peirsol failed to qualify in the 100-meter back, but went on to earn silver in the 200, once again behind Krayzelburg.
In Sydney, Peirsol roomed with another young hopeful, Michael Phelps.
‘I hope my swimming life continues and I will be an Olympian when I grow up’ wrote the 8-year-old Ryan Murphy to his parents. I want to be the best swimmer in the world.’ He is well on his way to achieve his goal: currently he is the defending Olympic champion in 100 and 200 m backstroke.