November 16, 2007
Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, will be on hand at a red-carpet event Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. It’s the Golden Goggle awards, and Peirsol, the decorated U.S. Olympian swimmer, will be walking on that red carpet from 5-6 p.m., posing for photos and conducting interviews. The event, hosted by Carson Daly, celebrates the accomplishments of the top American swimmers in 2007. Peirsol, the world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke, is a nominee for Male Athlete of the Year.
October 3, 2000
-- story and photos by Sean Hiller o7 We asked students at Mariners Elementary School: What did you like the best about the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia? f7 "I liked the men's beach volleyball. It was cool for me because it was the first time I saw the Olympics." CHAD DAVIS, 10 Newport Beach "My favorite part about the Olympics was the women's diving because it's cool how they do so many different things in two seconds." SABRINA NEAS, 10 Costa Mesa "The best part was watching our country getting to the Olympics -- especially Aaron Peirsol, because he went to this school and Newport Harbor.
March 27, 2007
MELBOURNE, Australia — Hayley Peirsol and older brother Aaron Peirsol, both Newport Harbor High products, qualified for today's finals in the 1,500-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively, in preliminary action at the FINA World Championships Monday. Hayley Peirsol qualified first in 16 minutes, 2.08 seconds, ahead of Japan's Ai Shibata (16:05.92) and American Kate Ziegler (16:07.71). Ziegler is the reigning world champion in the 1,500 and 800 free events, having claimed both titles in 2005 at Montreal.
June 27, 2001
MISSION VIEJO - After a back-scraping victory in the 200-meter backstroke, Newport Harbor High standout Aaron Peirsol maintained a nice, straight path to victory in the 100 back during the 2001 Swim Meet of Champions this past weekend at the Marguerite Recreation Center. Peirsol, the Olympic silver medalist who banged into the outside lane barrier during the finals of the 200 back, edged out Canadian Mark Versfeld and won the race in 57.18. He also placed third in the 200 individual medley (2:11.
April 13, 2000
Name: Aaron Peirsol Born: July 23, 1983 Hometown: Irvine Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 175 Sport: Boys swimming Events: 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay Coach: Brian Kreutzkamp Favorite food: Chocolate chip pancakes Favorite movie: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" Best athletic moment: "This past spring, when I won the Senior Nationals with a 1:57.03 in the 200 backstroke. Athlete of the Month: Peirsol was the top male swimmer at the Foothill Swim Games by winning the 100-yard butterfly (50.97)
March 22, 2000
LONG BEACH - The accolades keep piling up for Aaron Peirsol. The Newport Harbor High sophomore competing for the Irvine Novaquatics, set a Southern California record in the 100-yard backstroke at the California State Championship Team Title March 2-5. Peirsol's time of 49.90 edged the old mark of 49.93 set by Derya Buyukuncu of the Novaquatics in 1992. Peirsol also won the 200 backstroke at 1:46.01 for the Novaquatics. Peirsol's teammate, Ryan Lean, took fifth place in the 1,650 freestyle with a 15:55.
April 4, 2002
MOSCOW - Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High senior who holds the world record in the the 200-meter backstroke (1:55.15), finished third in the 100 back Wednesday in the Fina World Swimming Championships at the Olympiisky Sports Complex. Peirsol, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in the 200 back, finished in 52.36, while Australia's Matt Welsh won in 51.73, and fellow American Peter Marshall came in second in 52.26. Peirsol swam a faster time to win the preliminary heat, clocking a 51.98.
March 20, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Hayley Peirsol, a standout swimmer for Newport Harbor High, finished runner-up in the first event -- 800-meter freestyle -- of the Phillips 66 National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn Tuesday. Peirsol, swimming for Irvine Novaquatics, touched the wall in 8:34.94, just behind the winner, Diana Munz (8:33.06). Her brother, Aaron, will swim today in one of the four events of the day. Aaron Peirsol, an Olympic silver medalist, is the favorite in the 200 backstroke today, and he will also swim in the 100 back Friday.