Aaron Peirsol, 19, Irvine ... June graduate of Newport...

September 25, 2002

Aaron Peirsol, 19, Irvine ... June graduate of Newport Harbor High

is world's new king of backstroke ... Broke four world swimming

records this year, three individuals marks, including coveted

200-meter back with 1:55.15 clocking in March ... During Janet Evans

Invitational at USC in July, faced rival and 2000 Olympic gold

medalist Lenny Krayzelburg in 200 back for first time since Sydney

Games and won by .24 of a second ... Olympic silver medalist in 2000


... His coach, Dave Salo, believes he's going to get faster before

2004 Athens Games ... Led Newport Harbor to first CIF team title in

boys swimming last spring ... Won 100 and 200 back at U.S. Nationals

last summer and three gold medals at Pan Pacific Games in Japan ...

Headed for University of Texas ... Last year's ranking: 39.

Hayley Peirsol, 17, Irvine ... Busy taking recruiting trips this

fall to Cal, USC, Arizona, Arizona State and Auburn ... Set meet

record last summer at Janet Evans Invitational in women's 1,500-meter

freestyle (16:27.78), after opening the meet with a victory in the

800 free ... Member of U.S. National Swim Team ... Placed second in

800 freestyle at U.S. Nationals and fifth in 400 ... Earned bronze

medal in 800 at Pan Pacific Games ... Is a senior at Newport Harbor

High ... Competes internationally for Irvine Novaquatics ... Loves

the beach and scary movies ... Unranked last year

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