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August 16, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If there were any questions of who reigns as the world's backstroke king, Aaron Peirsol answered them all Thursday at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships. Peirsol, the Newport Harbor High product who is headed for the University of Texas, displayed his competitive fire in the 200-meter backstroke and defeated former world-record holder, Lenny Krayzelburg, by more than two seconds. Peirsol, the current world-record holder in the 200 back, was just about a second off his record time, finishing in 1:56.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
August 12, 2008
BEIJING, China — Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High star, began his quest today to become the second swimmer in history to sweep the backstroke events at consecutive Olympic Games. Peirsol competed in the 200-meter backstroke preliminary at 4:09 a.m., Pacific Standard time. The semifinal is set for 9:23 Thursday morning (PST) and the final later in the evening at 7:16. The final is scheduled to air on NBC 8-9 p.m. The 25-year-old captured his fifth gold medal Monday, when he lowered his world record to win the 100 backstroke in 52.52 seconds.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | August 6, 2006
IRVINE — To thousands wedged into the stands at the USA Swimming National Championships on Saturday, it may have appeared that the men's 200-meter backstroke final went, surprisingly, down to the wire. But according to three-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, who held off strong challenges by Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte to win his 11th national title in his hometown, the race at Irvine High was over before it started. Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product and the reigning world and Olympic champion in both the 200 and 100 backstroke events, said his success was assured just moments before, when younger sister Hayley Peirsol won the women's 800 freestyle final.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 11, 2013
It was a race Tyler Connors looked forward to all last week, the 100-yard backstroke at the Orange Coast League boys' finals. It pitted him against the league's top swimmer in the event, or so he thought. The day before the meet at Costa Mesa High, Connors didn't see the name he expected to be on the race sheet. The swimmer, Laguna Beach's Erik Juliusson, decided to skip the 100 backstroke and compete in two other individual events. So, the one swimmer that could push Connors in his best event wasn't going to be in the finals.
NEWS
July 4, 2004
Steve Virgen There have been moments when it seemed a different story would be written about Aaron Perisol. There were sleepless nights this past spring when he would vomit from mononucleosis, seemingly losing pounds by the minute. There were mornings throughout his life when he could have slept in, rather than go back to the pool and swim. Swim, swim and swim. At times in his life, Peirsol has been at a crossroads. Because his path has been geared toward gold in the Olympics, choices have been made, sacrifices, too, all of it leading up to the summer of 2004.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 11, 2013
It was a race Tyler Connors looked forward to all last week, the 100-yard backstroke at the Orange Coast League boys' finals. It pitted him against the league's top swimmer in the event, or so he thought. The day before the meet at Costa Mesa High, Connors didn't see the name he expected to be on the race sheet. The swimmer, Laguna Beach's Erik Juliusson, decided to skip the 100 backstroke and compete in two other individual events. So, the one swimmer that could push Connors in his best event wasn't going to be in the finals.
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | March 20, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR - The arrow keeps pointing up for the girls' aquatics program at Corona del Mar High. Last month, the Sea Kings won their first girls' water polo CIF title in seven years, and first overall in CIF Southern Section Division 1. On Wednesday at CdM, the girls' swimmers showed they are closing the gap on perennial power and rival University. The Trojans pulled away late at the CdM pool, earning a 94-76 victory in the Pacific Coast League meet. The Uni boys made it a sweep, as they defeated CdM, 90-80.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
Jared Namba is the backstroke king for the Corona del Mar High boys' swim team. The junior first broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke his freshman year. Since then, he's whittled it down to the current 51.72 seconds, which Namba swam at the tri-meet with Capistrano Valley and Loyola on April 19. The backstroke time is the fastest in Orange County this season. But to understand Namba's year in swimming, one needs to backtrack to the CIF Southern Section Division I finals last year.
SPORTS
February 1, 2011
Backstroke king and five-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High swim star, won't be aiming for the 2012 Olympics. That's because he's retiring, according to swimmingworldmagazine.com. When Texas coach Eddie Reese was asked if his former swimmer Peirsol was hanging it up, Reese told Swimming World's Peter Busch, "he has done that. " "I think [Peirsol] has made it official-unofficial or unofficial-official that he is not going to 2012," Reese said during the interview.
SPORTS
August 21, 2010
This time, Aaron Peirsol doesn't get a second chance at defending a backstroke gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships. The Newport Harbor High product on Friday could not depend on a U.S. teammate to reach the finals in his second backstroke event in as many days at the international meet. Peirsol recorded the third-fastest time overall in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries in the morning, but two fellow Americans finished ahead, eliminating Peirsol from the eight-man final at night at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.
SPORTS
David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | August 18, 2010
IRVINE — Aaron Peirsol was night and day on the first day of the Pan Pacific Championships. He went from being out of contention in the 100-meter backstroke to winning it. What a crazy nine hours for the former Newport Harbor High star. The home-field advantage did not help Peirsol qualify out of Wednesday morning's heat to the finale, but his U.S. teammate Ryan Lochte did. Lochte opted out of the 100 backstroke to focus on other events, opening the door for Peirsol to be the second American in the evening's race.
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David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | August 17, 2010
IRVINE — Aaron Peirsol sat in a room that is used by ballerinas and gymnasts. With a straight face, the 6-foot-4 swimmer tried his best to answer questions Monday. He found ways to dance around a couple of them. Peirsol is one of the captains on the U.S. men's team at the Pan Pacific Championships, which start Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. He is supposed to lead the Americans and be vocal. The Newport Harbor High graduate has already made sure some of the younger members of the team show off their personality.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 2, 2010
IRVINE — Aaron Peirsol stood out during his mid-afternoon swim at Irvine High on Monday. Peirsol, in Orange County for this week's USA Swimming National Championships, splashed around as he has done so often in that pool over the years. The man some call the "backstroke king" worked on his backstroke, yet there was one thing that made the 2002 Newport Harbor High graduate pretty easy to spot. Most of the swimmers in the pool had on their college swim caps. Peirsol's swim cap had the American flag on the side, with his last name under it in blue letters.
SPORTS
July 31, 2010
Newport Harbor High alumnus Aaron Peirsol is one of more than 30 U.S. Olympians expected to compete at the USA Swimming National Championships at Irvine High on Aug. 3-7. Peirsol is looking to defend his 200-meter and 400-meter backstroke titles, which he won at last year's national championships in Charlotte, N.C. The overall field should include Peirsol, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, and gold-medal winners Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte,...
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By Steve Virgen | August 11, 2009
So just how does a swimmer celebrate breaking world records in a 50-54 age division? Well, in Jamie Fowler’s case, the Newport Beach resident takes off to London for a summer vacation. Fowler has earned the rest. He set marks in the 100-meter backstroke and 200 back in the U.S. Masters Swim National Championships at Indianapolis last week. He set up his competition in those events specifically, so that he would be able to leave the meet Friday and head for London with his family.
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