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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.
July 27, 2009
ROME — It was only three weeks ago that Aaron Peirsol added to his legend lowering the world record in the 100-meter backstroke. But at the FINA World Championships Monday, the former Newport Harbor High standout received a crushing blow: he failed to even reach the finals of the 100 back. According to the Associated Press, Peirsol, who is also a two-time Olympic champ in the 100 back, wanted to save energy for the final swim. But that turned out to be a huge mistake.
July 11, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS — Many call Aaron Peirsol, “The Backstroke King.” The former Newport Harbor High star swimmer showed why on Saturday. He broke the world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. He beat previous record holder Ryan Lochte, attaining his second world record in three days. Peirsol, who was the silver medalist in the 200 back at the Beijing Olympics, touched the wall in 1 minute, 53.08 seconds, finishing faster than Olympic champion Lochte’s former mark of 1:553.
July 8, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol reclaimed his world record in the 100-meter backstroke and became the first man to swim faster than 52 seconds when he won the event at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships Wednesday night. The three-time Olympian’s time of 51.94 seconds earned Peirsol a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the upcoming World Championships in Rome. “It was a beautiful race,” Peirsol said in a statement.
May 16, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 100-meter backstroke still belongs to Aaron Peirsol. The former Newport Harbor High swim star showed just that to Michael Phelps, who did not win in a championship race for the first time in a year. That was because of Peirsol, who won the 100 back at the Charlotte UltraSwim Saturday. Peirsol, the world-record holder and two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100 back, edged Phelps with a strong finish, touching the wall at 53.32 seconds. Phelps, in his first meet since winning a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, finished second in 53.79.
October 25, 2008
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, a former Newport Harbor High standout, has been nominated as Male Swimmer of the Year by USA Swimming for its 2008 Golden Goggle awards. It is his fifth straight nomination in the award category. In 2005, he won the award. Fans can vote for who they think should win by visiting and clicking on the Golden Goggles link at the top of the page. The awards ceremony will be Nov. 17 at the New York Hilton. Peirsol has also been nominated in two other categories.
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.
By Steve Virgen | August 14, 2008
When Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High standout, finished second in the 200-meter backstroke at the Beijing Olympics, a bit of shock and surprise settled into the community Thursday night. Certainly, Brian Pajer, Peirsol’s first backstroke coach and UC Irvine’s head man for swimming, was expecting the 25-year-old to win the event that took place Friday morning in Beijing, China. Peirsol had it there for the taking, to become only the second man to win the backstroke events in consecutive Olympic Games and further solidify himself as the best backstroke swimmer of all time.
August 14, 2008
BEIJING — A world-record swim stopped Aaron Peirsol in his bid to become the second man to sweep the backstroke events at consecutive Olympic Games on Friday morning in China. Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High star, was forced to settle for the silver medal, as he finished second in the 200-meter backstroke behind fellow American Ryan Lochte, who touched the wall in 1 minute, 53.94 seconds and lowered the world record he had shared with the runner-up. Peirsol finished in 1:54.
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.
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