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Swimming: Peirsol takes a break

August 18, 2001

CLOVIS - Newport Harbor High senior and Olympic silver medalist

Aaron Peirsol helped the Irvine Novaquatics finish third place in the

400-meter freestyle relay (3:25.36) in the Phillips 66 National

Championships in Clovis Friday.

Peirsol, who won the World Championship title and set a meet record

(1:57.13) in the 200 backstroke July 27, chose not to swim in the

backstroke races at the Nationals.

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In the women's 100 back, Newport Harbor's Nicole Mackey, who also swam

in the 400 free relay, finished 43rd (1:06.94). Hayley Peirsol, also of

the Sailors, came in 33rd in the 400 free (4:22.47).

Ryan Lean, a Newport Harbor senior, finished 22nd in the 400 free

(4:00.79).

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