May 16, 2002
Name: Aaron Peirsol Born: July 23, 1983 Hometown: Newport Beach (born in Orange) Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 180 Sport: Swimming Events: 100-yard backstroke, 200 freestyle and freestyle relays Coach: Jason Lynch Favorite food: Pizza and pancakes Favorite movie: "Fight Club" Best athletic moment(s): "That's a tough one. But, breaking the world records (in the 200-meter backstroke and two short-course records in the 200 back and 400 medley relay)
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.
March 29, 2003
University of Texas freshman Aaron Peirsol, a product of Newport Harbor High, was stunned in the finals of the 100-meter backstroke Friday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Finals, as Stanford junior Peter Marshall logged a winning 46.67 to repeat as NCAA champion in the event. Peirsol, the leader after the preliminaries with a time of 46.27, finished second to Marshall with a time of 45.71. Peirsol was also a member of the 800-meter free relay for the Longhorns and led off with a 1:34.
July 11, 2003
Barry Faulkner Andrew Cole will always be the answer to a great trivia question, but his three-year swim career at Newport Harbor High leaves a legacy that is anything but trivial. The question? Who won the Sea View League championship in the 100-yard backstroke during Aaron Peirsol's senior year? The answer? Cole, of course, taking advantage of the absence of three-time world and four-time CIF Southern Section Division I backstroke champion Peirsol, Cole's Sailor and Irvine Novaquatics teammate, who skipped league finals in 2002 to be interviewed for a television program in the Bahamas.
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.
August 11, 2000
Tony Altobelli Getting his feet wet, so to speak, was just one of the goals met by Aaron Peirsol on Thursday night at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Indianapolis. The Newport Harbor High School junior, swimming for Irvine Novaquatics, qualified eighth for today's finals in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 55.97 seconds. Peirsol, 17, actually finished with the ninth-fastest time, which would have kept him out of the finals. But a scratch by qualifier Tommy Hannan allowed him a trip to the finals.
July 7, 2006
The Newport Harbor Killer Whales defeated the Greenbrook Gators, 845 to 436, in a home dual swim meet on June 24 in South Coast Conference action. The Killer Whales were led by the boys' 6-and-under age group, which swept the top three places in the 25-yard freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. The boys' 6-and-under team also captured the top three places in the freestyle relay. The Newport Harbor 7-8-year-old girls swept the top three spots in the 25-yard freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly, also taking first and second in both the medley relay and freestyle relay.
August 16, 2008
Come into the offices of the Daily Pilot and you’ll see a photo of backstroke Olympian Aaron Peirsol gracing our walls. We remember when the mop-headed swimmer from Newport Harbor High was an Olympic hopeful, not a champion. Today, despite his upset the other night in the 200-meter backstroke that left him hoisting a silver medal instead of gold, Peirsol has had a swimming career others can only dream of. Indeed, he won the gold earlier this week in the 100-meter race and set a world record in the process.