Featured Freshman Friday: Anna Peirano

Anna Peirano made the best of a difficult move during high school, so it’s no surprise she’s handling a move from the West Coast to the Midwest with ease. In the middle of her junior year, Anna Peirano and her family moved from Bainbridge Island, Washington to Alamo, California, and despite it being hard at first, Peirano ended up enjoying it.

“I met a ton of great people and ended up being really happy,” Peirano said.

More than 2,600 miles later—821 miles from Bainbridge to Alamo, and 1,800 from Alamo to Lawrence—Peirano’s adventure and love for swimming continue at KU. Fresh off a win in the season opener at Nebraska-Omaha, KUAthletics.com caught up with Peirano for Freshman Friday.

Why did you decide to swim for KU?
“At first, I had to decide if I even really wanted to swim in college. I was between KU or another school where I wouldn’t swim. I just couldn’t imagine not continuing on with swimming, it had been so long; I started recreational swimming when I was six or seven, and it’s all I know. Having this opportunity at KU was great because I got to go on.”

What are you looking forward to the most being on this team?
“Getting to know all the girls more and achieving all my personal goals. We had team building activities and our first travel meet last weekend, which was so much fun.”

Besides swimming, what are your hobbies?
“I love watching crime shows. I also like taking pictures, hanging out with friends and family, and playing with dogs. My favorite kinds are labradoodles and golden doodles. My family has two, Bailey and Wilson, I love them.”

What is your favorite pool game?
“There’s this game that I played when I was younger, it’s called “Spider.” One person goes in the corner and spreads their arms and legs out, and another person has to get to the other side without touching the person in the corner. Each round the legs get closer together so it’s harder to crawl up to the other side.”

What has been your most memorable swimming moment so far?
“At the state meet my sophomore year of high school, my medley relay got first place. I remember standing up on the podium and looking out to my friends and family in the stands, it was a really cool moment.”

What has been your favorite vacation?
“Hawaii with my family was a really good time. I also went to Mexico with my friend and her family this summer, which was really fun too. I love anywhere tropical! I’m super excited for the training trip.”

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
“Graduated from college I hope! I really don’t know, hopefully I’ll have a steady job… Maybe I’ll have a family? That’s so weird to think about. My major is undeclared right now but I think I might end up going into journalism.”

What is your favorite KU tradition?
“Late Night was really cool. We went to that last Friday, it was my first one and it was so much fun. I also really like the Rock Chalk Chant.”

What is your favorite food?
“Pizza! Sausage with red pepper… so good.”

What is your favorite song or music to get pumped up to?
“I like rap music, anything hip-hop and rap. Schoolboy Q (laughs)… he’s one of the rappers I really like. The last concert I went to was OneRepublic, which was cool. It was different and more mellow than most concerts.”

Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
“I have two fake teeth. My front two teeth… yeah they’re not real. I was scootering in fourth grade with my cousins and I was trying to dodge goose poop on the sidewalk. I ended up hitting this huge crack in the sidewalk and flipped over my handlebars; my face landed on the cement and my teeth got knocked up to the top of my gum. They had to fill it, and I had this gross retainer for like a year. My fillings would also always chip. There was one time last year when I was sitting in the library and I was tapping my tooth, it’s a weird habit, and it chipped in the middle of library. I was like, ‘I can’t go to school right now, I have half of a tooth!’ So finally they ended up putting in plastic teeth, that’s what I have now.”

With goose season approaching, hopefully campus will be clear for Peirano to walk (or scooter) to class without injury. The team is looking forward to the first home meet, a two-day double dual against Denver and Missouri State next weekend, October 24-25. The competition will be held at Robinson Natatorium and is free and open to the public.

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