July 22, 2002
Newport Harbor High's Hayley Peirsol, who opened the Janet Evans Invitational by winning the women's 800-meter freestyle Thursday, captured the 1,500 free in a meet record and personal-best 16:27.78 Sunday in the event's final day at McDonald's Swim Stadium at USC. Aaron Peirsol, a June graduate of Newport Harbor, squared off again Sunday against his friendly rival, Lenny Krayzelburg, but this time in the 100-meter backstroke -- the event in which Krayzelburg owns the world record (53.60)
August 13, 2008
BEIJING, China ? Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol began his quest for a second gold medal at the Beijing Olympics Wednesday by winning his preliminary heat and qualifying second for today?s semifinals of the 200-meter backstroke. Peirsol, who defended his 100 backstroke title by breaking his own world record earlier, won the fifth preliminary heat in 1 minute, 56.35 seconds Wednesday. Peirsol, also the defending Olympic champion in the 200 backstroke, saw his qualifying time bested only by American teammate Ryan Lochte, who posted a time of 1:56.
February 11, 2008
Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product and winner of three gold medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will be one of 20 Olympians expected to compete at the Missouri Grand Prix on Feb. 15-18 in Columbia, Mo. The meet is the third of the 2007-08 Toyota Grand Prix Series. It will be the first long course event of the year for many of the country?s top swimmers, helping them prepare for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Other big names expected to compete are eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps, four-time Olympian Dara Torres, and Ryan Lochte, Brendan Hansen and Ian Crocker.
June 30, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, recorded the second-fastest time in the 100-meter backstroke semifinals event at the U.S. Olympic Trials Monday. Peirsol, the world-record holder and reigning Olympic champion, finished in 53.26 seconds, giving him the second seed for today’s championship heat. Randall Bal is the top seed after recording a time of 53.09, close to Peirsol’s world-record time of 52.98. “I haven’t shaved yet,” Peirsol told Swimming World Magazine after seven swimmers broke 54 seconds in the race.
August 16, 2001
CLOVIS - Newport Harbor High junior Hayley Peirsol shaved off eight seconds from her first-heat swim when she took sixth in the 800-yard freestyle at U.S. Phillips 66 National Championships in Clovis Tuesday. Her personal best time of 8:42.63 means that she is No. 6 in the nation and the time was just one second short of qualifying for the Goodwill Games. Peirsol, who swims for Irvine Novaquatics, will compete in the 400 individual medley today and the 400 free on Friday.
July 24, 2005
Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol is headed to Montreal to compete in the world championships today through July 31. Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, has been training hard with the University of Texas for the last few weeks but now he's resting and tapering to prepare for the big meet. Peirsol will be in Irvine Aug. 2 to compete against Australia in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool at the Woollett Aquatics Center. "I'm excited about the dual meet because I'll be back in my hometown and it'll be a fun little meet," Peirsol said.
July 30, 2005
Newport Harbor High product and defending Olympic and world champion Aaron Peirsol claimed another world record Friday, winning his third straight 200-meter backstroke title at the swimming world championships in Montreal. Peirsol, 22, winner of three gold medals at last summer's Olympics in Athens, Greece, clocked in at 1 minute, 54.66 seconds, topping his previous world record of 1:54.74 set in July 2004. Markus Rogan of Austria finished second in 1:56.
November 25, 1999
EDMONTON, Alberta Canada - Aaron Peirsol from Newport Harbor High, took third place in the 200-meter backstroke for the Irvine Novaquatics in the second stage of the World Cup competition with a time of 1:57.16. The 16-year-old was beaten out by Gordon Kojulz of Croatia, a member of the Croatia Olympic Team and 29-year-old Rogerio Romerio of Brazil. His time improved by more than two seconds from his qualifying time. In his third-place finish, Peirsol out-swam Canadian Olympian and World Championship Bronze Medalist Mark Versveld, who ended up in seventh place.
July 11, 2004
I have been fortunate enough to cover the local athletes competing in the U.S. Olympic Trials for swimming this week in Long Beach, so when Aaron Peirsol was competing in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke competition, I already had my location picked out. Before the race began, I was planning on shooting Peirsol's take-off, to try and get something different of him. As the race started, and Peirsol exploded from...