August 12, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- This has been the moment they've been waiting for: The Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships. For Aaron Peirsol, Ryan Lean, Hayley Peirsol and Nicole Mackey, all the training and countless strokes in the water have led to the ultimate competition of the summer, the Nationals, which start today and run through Saturday, at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ...
August 18, 2000
Tony Altobelli NEWPORT BEACH - It took longer than expected, but Aaron Peirsol and a handful of the Irvine Novaquatics finally made it back to Newport Beach, following their performances at the 2000 U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Indianapolis. "It's been a very long day, to say the least," Novaquatics Coach and Olympic assistant coach Dave Salo joked, referring to the six hours worth of delays and flight cancellations. "I'm glad my assistant coach was there to keep me at bay, or I might have had to take a piece out of somebody over there."
March 13, 2004
Bryce Alderton Friday's Orange Empire Conference dual swim meet between host Orange Coast College and Cypress wasn't as much about beating the other team as it was about refining techniques and steadily training toward bigger and better things. The Pirates, though, proved they are further along in the process with convincing victories by both men's (122-15) and women's teams (148-18), which both improved to 2-0 in dual-meet competition. Coast women won 10 individual events while the men claimed eight individual victories.
June 20, 2001
Tony Altobelli MISSION VIEJO - Despite the lack of participation from a certain standout swimmer who has a name that rhymes with "Nasal-burg", Aaron Peirsol will have plenty of motivation at the Mission Viejo Swim Meet of Champions, beginning today in Mission Viejo. The four-day meet, at the Marguerite recreation center, features preliminaries each morning through Sunday. Finals are scheduled for 5 p.m., except Sunday when they begin at 4 p.m. The Newport Harbor High swim standout and Olympic silver medalist will compete in five events for the Irvine Novaquatics club team.
May 4, 2003
A year ago, Don Watson and Dave Salo looked at each other and decided they wanted to build a winner. Their dream came true Saturday as the Orange Coast College women's swim team they co-coach won its first state championship since 1997 by besting the field at the California Community College Swimming and Diving Championships at Diablo Valley. "We had high expectations, but [Saturday] is the culmination of everything we started a year ago," Watson said as he was driving the team home Saturday night.
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.
April 17, 2002
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Upon agreement between athletic directors from Orange Coast College and Golden West and after rescoring an Orange Empire Conference dual men's swim meet from April 5, the OCC Pirates have defeated the OEC defending champion Rustlers, 104-90, Coast Athletic Director Fred Hokanson said Tuesday. The win gives the Pirates the OEC championship and an undefeated OEC dual meet season (4-0). Golden West, OCC's district rival, was last year's conference champion and has won the state title the past seven years.
May 26, 2003
For the fourth year in a row and the 22nd time in 26 years, Orange Coast College has earned the Orange Empire Conference Sports Supremacy Award for overall excellence in athletic achievement. Six conference championships helped contribute to the honor. John Knox, head coach for both men's and women's track and field and cross country teams, led the Bucs to four of the six titles with Dave Salo and Don Watson teaming up to lead the women's swimming team to a conference and state championship.
December 19, 2005
Nicole Mackey , Swimmer University of HawaiiFormer Newport Harbor High swimming standout, a teammate of decorated Peirsol, emerging from the shadows in her career.As a member of the Newport Harbor High girls' swim team, Nicole Mackey was often overshadowed by teammate Hayley Peirsol. The two were anchors on many successful Sailor swim teams. Between their freshman and senior years, the duo was members of teams that never finished lower than fourth -- winning the championship in 2002 -- in the CIF Southern Section finals.
June 12, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- For 16 years, Aaron Peirsol's family has stood behind him. On Sunday night, it was the community's turn to show its support. More than 100 friends, neighbors and acquaintances of the Olympic hopeful dined at the Newport Beach Yacht Club to send his family to the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, this summer. "We just have to support any young person willing to give his all to achieve his goal," said Pat Lilijegren, a parent whose children swim for Santa Margarita High School, Newport Harbor High School's rival.