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By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2013
Ever wonder what it takes to raise elite athletes, including one who became a five-time Olympic gold medalist? Wella Hartig, the mother of Aaron and Hayley Peirsol, details her experience of what she describes in one instance as, "a perfect storm," in her new book, "Buoyant: How Water and Willpower Helped Wella to Channel Aaron and Hayley Peirsol. " Hartig wrote the book with Laura Cottam Sajbel. It's available online. Hartig writes about the triumphs, adversity and pressure it took to raise Aaron, the world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, and Hayley, a standout distance swimmer who competed for Auburn and later became a triathlete.
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March 29, 2003
University of Texas freshman Aaron Peirsol, a product of Newport Harbor High, was stunned in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke Friday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Finals, as Stanford junior Peter Marshall logged a winning 46.67 to repeat as NCAA champion in the event. Peirsol, the leader after the preliminaries with a time of 46.27, finished second to Marshall with a time of 45.71. Peirsol was also a member of the 800-meter free relay for the Longhorns and led off with a 1:34.
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October 2, 2000
Tony Altobelli NEWPORT BEACH - After two years of training, four weeks of pre-Olympic preparation and two weeks of Olympic exposure in Sydney, Australia, one question still puzzles silver medalist Aaron Peirsol. Why do people eat Vegemite? "Dude, that stuff is nasty," the Newport Harbor High junior said. "And people over there eat it like it's butter or something. They put it on everything. I just don't get it." For the 17-year-old, he'll stick with his chocolate-chip pancakes, thank you very much.
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May 16, 2002
Steve Virgen There has been one constant trait of Aaron Peirsol throughout his glorious year of 2002. Aaron Peirsol has been Aaron Peirsol. This is important in pressure situations because Peirsol, who is definitely unique, uses his happy-go-lucky attitude to remain calm. Such was the case in the CIF Southern Section Division I Finals Friday, when Peirsol displayed the ultimate farewell. "I'm still the same kid, the same guy who goofs around," Peirsol said before he won his fourth straight CIF Division I title in the 100-yard backstroke.
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By Peter Kooiman | October 15, 2007
Growing up in Newport Beach as a surfer, swimmer, and water polo player, Aaron Peirsol was certainly no stranger to the water. And while swimming pools never bothered him (he owns three Olympic gold medals and two world records), what he saw at some Southern California beaches left him a bit queasy. “I remember going to Belmont Pool (in Long Beach) for swimming competitions, and it’s one of the nicest pools in the state,” says Peirsol, now 24 and training for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
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By Jason Kornfeld | July 5, 2007
The last day of Taylor Cortens' Spanish class called for celebration. Time for a fiesta for Taylor. The party featured a variety of candy and treats. Flashing his beaming smile, Taylor consumed all the goodies possible. On a normal day, this would not present any problems. But, Taylor's first swim practice followed the party. With a sense of anticipation buried deep within — past the consumed chocolate and sugar that occupied his stomach — he attended practice.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 2, 2010
Displaying the diversity that exists on the Newport-Mesa sports scene, the top 10 sports stories of the decade, as chosen by the Daily Pilot sports staff, represent 10 different sports. Individuals, events and programs, from the professional ranks, college, high school and the youth realm are also represented. 1 Misty May-Treanor: Misty May-Treanor: The Newport Harbor High product has not only established herself as the preeminent figure in her sport, but has also become a cultural icon and international celebrity known to millions who have never even seen her jump serve.
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July 4, 2004
Steve Virgen There have been moments when it seemed a different story would be written about Aaron Perisol. There were sleepless nights this past spring when he would vomit from mononucleosis, seemingly losing pounds by the minute. There were mornings throughout his life when he could have slept in, rather than go back to the pool and swim. Swim, swim and swim. At times in his life, Peirsol has been at a crossroads. Because his path has been geared toward gold in the Olympics, choices have been made, sacrifices, too, all of it leading up to the summer of 2004.
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August 1, 2013
Tim Hanson, a Corona del Mar High student, played a big role in the Irvine-based Aquazot Swim Club breaking the 13-14 boys' national age-group record in the 400-yard medley relay at the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics meet in Riverside last weekend. Hanson, 14, who will be a sophomore, joined Andrew Knoell, Matthew Lee and Sean Messer in recording a time of 4 minutes, 5.87 seconds, breaking the mark of 4:06.98. The previous mark was set twice, first by the Irvine Novaquatics in 1998 and then by the Nova of Virginia Aquatics in 2004.
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By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2013
Ever wonder what it takes to raise elite athletes, including one who became a five-time Olympic gold medalist? Wella Hartig, the mother of Aaron and Hayley Peirsol, details her experience of what she describes in one instance as, "a perfect storm," in her new book, "Buoyant: How Water and Willpower Helped Wella to Channel Aaron and Hayley Peirsol. " Hartig wrote the book with Laura Cottam Sajbel. It's available online. Hartig writes about the triumphs, adversity and pressure it took to raise Aaron, the world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, and Hayley, a standout distance swimmer who competed for Auburn and later became a triathlete.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | February 2, 2011
Aaron Peirsol stood and waved from the champion's top spot on the podium moments after winning the 100-meter backstroke Aug. 18, 2010. His hometown crowd cheered for him at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. They were happy to see him win and they were looking forward to what he would provide next. But Peirsol knew his career was over, he said Wednesday when he explained his reasons for retiring. Peirsol's coach Eddie Reese told swimmingworldmagazine.com Tuesday that the five-time Olympic gold medalist had retired.
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February 1, 2011
Backstroke king and five-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High swim star, won't be aiming for the 2012 Olympics. That's because he's retiring, according to swimmingworldmagazine.com. When Texas coach Eddie Reese was asked if his former swimmer Peirsol was hanging it up, Reese told Swimming World's Peter Busch, "he has done that. " "I think [Peirsol] has made it official-unofficial or unofficial-official that he is not going to 2012," Reese said during the interview.
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August 21, 2010
This time, Aaron Peirsol doesn't get a second chance at defending a backstroke gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships. The Newport Harbor High product on Friday could not depend on a U.S. teammate to reach the finals in his second backstroke event in as many days at the international meet. Peirsol recorded the third-fastest time overall in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries in the morning, but two fellow Americans finished ahead, eliminating Peirsol from the eight-man final at night at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 14, 2010
Last week I experienced a rather surreal moment while reporting at the USA Swimming National Championships. I saw Aaron Peirsol for the first time since 2004, all grown up. Yes it was bizarre that he ended the meet without a gold medal, but it was also a bit strange to see him again. He's now 27. I first met him when he was 17. I wouldn't say we have a friendship, but it is a friendly working relationship. It was great to catch up with him. But this column isn't really about my encounter with Peirsol, who starred at Newport Harbor High.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 7, 2010
IRVINE — And, that's a wrap. Or is it? The USA Swimming National Championships ended for Aaron Peirsol without a gold medal, a rarity for sure. The former Newport Harbor High standout got the job done, qualifying for the Pan Pacific Championships in the 100-meter backstroke and the 200 back, but there appears to be some unfinished business. He finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 200 back, a race Peirsol called, "fun," Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
IRVINE — If Aaron Peirsol was upset, he sure kept a great poker face Wednesday night at Irvine High. Peirsol might not have felt upset, but David Plummer of Minnesota definitely pulled one off. The 6-foot-4 Peirsol doesn't usually get out-touched in the 100-meter backstroke, or any backstroke race for that matter. But in his former home pool, on a big stage, it was a shocker that had the crowd buzzing at the USA Swimming National Championships. Plummer took the win, holding off Peirsol's rally to win the national championship in the 100 back in 53.60 seconds.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
IRVINE — Just the other day, Dave Salo said he and Aaron Peirsol talked about Irvine, where Salo coached and Peirsol learned to swim. Salo is the general manager of the Irvine Novaquatics, Peirsol's club team as a kid. The two go way back and they have reunited at the USA Swimming National Championships at Irvine High. As Salo waited for Peirsol's 100-meter backstroke finale Wednesday night, he talked about how Peirsol felt about his return home. Something felt off for Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High graduate.
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July 31, 2010
Newport Harbor High alumnus Aaron Peirsol is one of more than 30 U.S. Olympians expected to compete at the USA Swimming National Championships at Irvine High on Aug. 3-7. Peirsol is looking to defend his 200-meter and 400-meter backstroke titles, which he won at last year's national championships in Charlotte, N.C. The overall field should include Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, and gold-medal winners Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte,...
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