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August 18, 2001
CLOVIS - Newport Harbor High senior and Olympic silver medalist Aaron Peirsol helped the Irvine Novaquatics finish third place in the 400-meter freestyle relay (3:25.36) in the Phillips 66 National Championships in Clovis Friday. Peirsol, who won the World Championship title and set a meet record (1:57.13) in the 200 backstroke July 27, chose not to swim in the backstroke races at the Nationals. In the women's 100 back, Newport Harbor's Nicole Mackey, who also swam in the 400 free relay, finished 43rd (1:06.
December 1, 1999
Newport Harbor High sophomore Aaron Peirsol, the youngest American to eclipse two minutes in the 200-meter backstroke and the CIF Southern Section champion in the 100-yard backstroke last spring, will compete in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships Friday-Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Peirsol, 16, who aims to make the U.S. Olympic team at the trials in August, said he will compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and probably the 200 and 400 freestyle events in Texas.
October 8, 2007
Newport Harbor alum Aaron Peirsol is using his fame as a three-time swimming Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder to bring attention to a different kind of water, one with no chlorine. Peirsol will be at the Port of Long Beach’s Green Port Fest Saturday to adress ocean pollution. He’s hoping to recruit advocates and raise awareness about saving the ocean. Peirsol is a spokesman for Oceana, the largest international organization dedicated to advocationg for ocean conservation.
October 18, 2007
Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol is among the nominees for the 2007 Golden Goggle Awards, an event celebrating the accomplishments of top American swimmers. Peirsol is nominated for 2007 Male Athlete of the Year, where he will be up against fellow world record-holders Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. All three set individual world records this summer at the FINA World Championships. Peirsol won the 100-meter backstroke at the world championships in Australia in March, lowering his own world-record time to finish in 52.98 seconds.
September 15, 1999
NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Harbor High sophomores Aaron Peirsol and Carly Geehr joined up with other American swimmers this past weekend to win the Olympic Cup. This first year competition pitted the Americans against a team from England and France. Peirsol won a gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke and a silver in the 100-meter backstroke. He was also part of the silver medal squad in the 400-meter IM relay. Geehr won an individual gold in the 200-meter freestyle.
September 20, 2000
Open letter regarding Aaron Peirsol I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our community for helping Aaron and his family to reach their dreams to go to Sydney for the Olympics. I have had the pleasure of knowing Aaron and his family for a few years and it has been an incredible honor. The families of Newport Beach who have contributed, not only financially but in their emotional support and good wishes have brought enormous joy to an unbelievable lifetime experience.
October 11, 2008
CONCORD, N.C. — Aaron Peirsol, the five-time Olympic gold-medal winner and former Newport Harbor High standout, was the grand marshal for the Bank of America 500 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway Saturday. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever been to before,” Peirsol told the Associated Press. Peirsol attended his first race weekend, according to the AP, and gave a new vibe to the traditional saying, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” shouting the final words with added emphasis before the drivers fired their ignitions.
September 14, 2000
Olympic Schedule (Sydney time, date in parenthesis) Local Olympians and their dates with the Games Sept. 16 Misty May - 1 a.m. (7 p.m.) - Women's beach volleyball eliminations Sept. 18 Misty May - 1 a.m. (7 p.m.) - Women's beach volleyball eliminations Sept. 19 (20) Aaron Peirsol - 4 p.m. (10 a.m.) - Men's 200m backstroke heat Lindsay Davenport - 5 p.m. (11 a.m.) - Women's singles tennis first round Cara Heads-Lane - 8:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m.)
July 1, 2004
Aaron Peirsol, a former Newport Harbor High standout and the world-record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke, headlines a group of four locals who will compete in the U.S. Olympic swim trials Wednesday through July 14, in the newly built Charter All-Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach. Peirsol, along with his younger sister, Hayley, as well as Newport Harbor product Nicole Mackey and Corona del Mar sophomore-to-be Stephanie Gabert will be vying to make the U.S. Olympic team and compete in the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece in August.
August 19, 2006
PEIRSOLS STAND OUT VICTORIA, B.C. — Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol won the 100-meter backstroke on Thursday at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, finishing the race in a Canadian-record time of 53.32 seconds. Younger sister Hayley Peirsol was a strong second in the 1,500 freestyle on Thursday, finishing in 15 minutes, 57.36 seconds. Aaron Peirsol, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and the reigning world champion in the 100 back, was ahead at the halfway point and finished well ahead of runner-up Ryan Lochte (54.02)
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