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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.
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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.
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By Peter Kooiman | October 15, 2007
Growing up in Newport Beach as a surfer, swimmer, and water polo player, Aaron Peirsol was certainly no stranger to the water. And while swimming pools never bothered him (he owns three Olympic gold medals and two world records), what he saw at some Southern California beaches left him a bit queasy. “I remember going to Belmont Pool (in Long Beach) for swimming competitions, and it’s one of the nicest pools in the state,” says Peirsol, now 24 and training for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
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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.
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By Jason Kornfeld | July 5, 2007
The last day of Taylor Cortens' Spanish class called for celebration. Time for a fiesta for Taylor. The party featured a variety of candy and treats. Flashing his beaming smile, Taylor consumed all the goodies possible. On a normal day, this would not present any problems. But, Taylor's first swim practice followed the party. With a sense of anticipation buried deep within — past the consumed chocolate and sugar that occupied his stomach — he attended practice.
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June 13, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — The Newport Hills Killer Whales topped their neighborhood rival the Harbor View Dolphins, 680-653, on Saturday at the Dolphins' pool. Newport Hills swimmers set four team records at the South Coast Swim Conference meet — two for relays and two individual. In the boys' 9-10 year-old 100-yard medley relay, Taylor Cortens, Brett Greenlee, Danny Robertson and Nick Schroeder set a team record with a time of 1 minute, 4.60 seconds. Teammates Christian Garkani, Nick Furgatch, Ben Zepfel and Blake Motal set a record in the boys' 11-12, 200 medley relay, touching in 2:06.
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March 28, 2007
MELBOURNE, Australia — Three days before competing, Aaron Peirsol made sort of a prediction when he spoke about the World Championships and what he thought about breaking his own world records. "I think this would be a good time," Peirsol said. "I think that's definitely necessary if you want to win these races." Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, shattered his world record in the 100-meter backstroke finishing in 52.98 seconds to win gold at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday.
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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.
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By Steve Virgen | March 25, 2007
Aaron Peirsol scoffs at the notion he is different than his younger sister, Hayley. "We're the same," he said Saturday in a phone interview from Australia. "We are more alike than different." After the week is through, the siblings hope to be wearing the same type of medal around their respective necks. It's gold and that's what they're striving for at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. They'll start competing on the same day, Monday, Aaron in the 100-meter backstroke, Hayley in the 1,500 freestyle.
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August 20, 2006
VICTORIA, B.C. — Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol broke his own world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on Saturday, winning the final in 1 minute, 54.44 seconds. Peirsol's previous best was 1:54.66, set in July, 2005 in Montreal. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Peirsol finished more than two seconds ahead of runner-up Michael Phelps (1:56.81), also of the United States. Peirsol, 23, who won the 200 backstroke at the USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine this month, is the reigning world and Olympic champion in the 200 and 100 back.
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