July 10, 2004
Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High School swim star, punched his ticket to Athens by winning the 100-meter backstroke Friday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Long Beach. Peirsol finished with a time of 53.64 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year. "It's a great night," he said. "I'm so stoked I'll be traveling this summer to Greece." THRILL OF VICTORY: Above, Peirsol is all smiles as he walks around the pool after receiving his medal for his victory.
August 29, 2002
YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Aaron Peirsol, the 200-meter backstroke world-record holder and former Newport Harbor High standout, captured his second gold medal for the U.S. team in the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Wednesday. His younger sister, Hayley, who will be a senior at Newport Harbor High, also medaled. She earned a bronze medal, after finishing in 8:32.27 in the 800 freestyle. Aaron Peirsol, who is bound for the University of Texas, won the 200 backstroke (1:56.
January 19, 2001
Newport Harbor High swimming standouts Aaron Peirsol, Hayley Peirsol and Ryan Lean helped the Irvine Novaquatics win the team competition at the Southern California Swimming Senior "Q" Meet last weekend. Aaron Peirsol, the silver medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 200-meter backstroke, came away with victories in the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.98) and 500 freestyle (4:22.86). He also established SCS age group records for the 17-18 division in the 100 back (48.53)
August 17, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Hayley Peirsol, who will be a senior at Newport Harbor High next month, finished second in the 800-meter freestyle Friday at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships. Her performance helped Irvine Novaquatics win the women's team championship. The Novas, coached by Dave Salo, also won the combined team national title, for the first time in the summer event. Salo's men's team, which features Newport Harbor product Aaron Peirsol, finished second.
March 22, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Aaron Peirsol and his younger sister, Hayley, continue to produce success after their efforts at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Thursday. Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High senior who broke the world record in the 200-meter backstroke Wednesday, swam the anchor leg in the Irvine Novaquatics' victorious 400 freestyle relay (3:31.17). His 50-meter splits were 25.85, 53.70, and he won along with Scott Tucker, Jason Lezak and Daniel Hewko.
August 10, 2006
Tonight, for the first time in the five-day U.S. Swimming National Championships, both Hayley and Aaron Peirsol are likely to compete in finals at Irvine High, beginning at 5:30. Hayley Peirsol, a former standout at Newport Harbor High, will compete in the 800-meter freestyle final after qualifying third with a time of 8 minutes, 35.64 seconds on Friday. Kate Ziegler had the top qualifying time (8:25.31), followed by Adrienn Binder (8:35.50). The top eight in the preliminaries of each event move on to the championship final.
August 6, 2006
IRVINE — To thousands wedged into the stands at the USA Swimming National Championships on Saturday, it may have appeared that the men's 200-meter backstroke final went, surprisingly, down to the wire. But according to three-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, who held off strong challenges by Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to win his 11th national title in his hometown, the race at Irvine High was over before it started. Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product and the reigning world and Olympic champion in both the 200 and 100 backstroke events, said his success was assured just moments before, when younger sister Hayley Peirsol won the women's 800 freestyle final.
September 20, 2005
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, a former star at Newport Harbor High, was voted the USA Swimming Athlete of the Year on Saturday at the U.S. Aquatic Sports Convention completed Sunday in Greensboro, N.C. This award caps a stellar year that saw Peirsol win eight consecutive races, including three gold medals at the world championships. He also set two world records. Peirsol won the 100 and 200 backstroke events and was on the winning 400 medley relay at the world championships, held July 24-31 in Montreal.