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November 25, 1999
EDMONTON, Alberta Canada - Aaron Peirsol from Newport Harbor High, took third place in the 200-meter backstroke for the Irvine Novaquatics in the second stage of the World Cup competition with a time of 1:57.16. The 16-year-old was beaten out by Gordon Kojulz of Croatia, a member of the Croatia Olympic Team and 29-year-old Rogerio Romerio of Brazil. His time improved by more than two seconds from his qualifying time. In his third-place finish, Peirsol out-swam Canadian Olympian and World Championship Bronze Medalist Mark Versveld, who ended up in seventh place.
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August 1, 2013
Tim Hanson, a Corona del Mar High student, played a big role in the Irvine-based Aquazot Swim Club breaking the 13-14 boys' national age-group record in the 400-yard medley relay at the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics meet in Riverside last weekend. Hanson, 14, who will be a sophomore, joined Andrew Knoell, Matthew Lee and Sean Messer in recording a time of 4 minutes, 5.87 seconds, breaking the mark of 4:06.98. The previous mark was set twice, first by the Irvine Novaquatics in 1998 and then by the Nova of Virginia Aquatics in 2004.
NEWS
November 15, 2000
NEWPORT BEACH - Newport Harbor High junior Carly Geehr has been named Scholastic All-American by U.S. Swimming, based on her fourth-place finish at the 1999 U.S. Nationals in Minneapolis where she clocked a 2:01.77 in the 200-meter freestyle, and a 4.0 (unweighted) GPA as a student at Harbor. The combination places her second overall in terms of scholastic All-Americans selected. The 15-year-old Geehr, who was sidelined most of the '99-00 season with a torn rotator cuff, is expected to be one of the major cogs in Newport's quest for CIF glory this spring.
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.
NEWS
March 20, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Hayley Peirsol, a standout swimmer for Newport Harbor High, finished runner-up in the first event -- 800-meter freestyle -- of the Phillips 66 National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn Tuesday. Peirsol, swimming for Irvine Novaquatics, touched the wall in 8:34.94, just behind the winner, Diana Munz (8:33.06). Her brother, Aaron, will swim today in one of the four events of the day. Aaron Peirsol, an Olympic silver medalist, is the favorite in the 200 backstroke today, and he will also swim in the 100 back Friday.
NEWS
December 1, 1999
Newport Harbor High sophomore Aaron Peirsol, the youngest American to eclipse two minutes in the 200-meter backstroke and the CIF Southern Section champion in the 100-yard backstroke last spring, will compete in the U.S. Open Swimming Championships Friday-Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Peirsol, 16, who aims to make the U.S. Olympic team at the trials in August, said he will compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke and probably the 200 and 400 freestyle events in Texas.
NEWS
April 1, 2000
Tony Altobelli FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Newport Harbor sophomore boys swimming standout Aaron Peirsol continues his rise up the charts at the U.S. National Swim Championships Friday. Competing for the Irvine Novaquatics, Peirsol shattered his own national age group record in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 55.63, bettering his previous mark of 56.55. "I felt really good out there," Peirsol said. "I ended up doing even better than I expected to tonight."
NEWS
March 27, 2000
ANCHORAGE, Ala. - Newport Harbor High swimmers placed solidly in the United States Junior National Championships. For the Newport girls, freshman Nicole Mackey, swimming for Irvine Aquazots, won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.72, her sixth Olympic qualifying time standard. She also won the 500 freestyle in 4:52.73. Mackey lost the 200 free by less than half a second, coming in as the runner-up in 1:49.56. Jennifer Arrow of Aquazots swam the 200 breaststroke in 2:28.
NEWS
June 5, 2002
Newport Harbor High junior Hayley Peirsol won the 800-meter freestyle in the second meet of the Mare Nostrum swimming series in Rome, Italy Tuesday. Peirsol, representing the United States national junior team, finished in 8:40.05. "That's her best time without tapering and being unshaved," said Brent Lorenzen, Peirsol's coach from the Irvine Novaquatics. "At this time of the season, that's a good mark." The national anthem was played over loudspeakers while Peirsol stood on the winner's podium, her mother, Wella, said.
NEWS
December 3, 1999
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Aaron Peirsol, the youngest American ever to break the two-minute mark in the 200-meter backstroke, set a personal-best time at the U.S. Open Swim Meet with a time of 1:59.75. The sophomore from Newport Harbor High's previous best time was 1:59.77, however, this was a long-meter race, with turns every 50 meters, instead of every 25 meters. Peirsol, 15, who swims for the Irvine Novaquatics, was second behind current world-record holder Len Krayzelberg of the Trojan Swim Club, who came in with a time of 1:57.
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August 1, 2013
Tim Hanson, a Corona del Mar High student, played a big role in the Irvine-based Aquazot Swim Club breaking the 13-14 boys' national age-group record in the 400-yard medley relay at the Southern California Swimming Junior Olympics meet in Riverside last weekend. Hanson, 14, who will be a sophomore, joined Andrew Knoell, Matthew Lee and Sean Messer in recording a time of 4 minutes, 5.87 seconds, breaking the mark of 4:06.98. The previous mark was set twice, first by the Irvine Novaquatics in 1998 and then by the Nova of Virginia Aquatics in 2004.
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By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | July 16, 2011
Dave Salo is right where he belongs. Right now, it's Japan, and later this week it'll be Shanghai, China for the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships. In a couple weeks when the world championships are over, he'll be back home in Southern California, ready to return to coaching the men's and women's swimming teams at USC after recently receiving a five-year contract extension from the school, continuing his tenure there that began in 2007. Salo has been in Japan with eight members from the Trojan Swim Club, of which he is the director, for training camp in preparation for the world championships.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | February 2, 2011
Aaron Peirsol stood and waved from the champion's top spot on the podium moments after winning the 100-meter backstroke Aug. 18, 2010. His hometown crowd cheered for him at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. They were happy to see him win and they were looking forward to what he would provide next. But Peirsol knew his career was over, he said Wednesday when he explained his reasons for retiring. Peirsol's coach Eddie Reese told swimmingworldmagazine.com Tuesday that the five-time Olympic gold medalist had retired.
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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.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
IRVINE — Just the other day, Dave Salo said he and Aaron Peirsol talked about Irvine, where Salo coached and Peirsol learned to swim. Salo is the general manager of the Irvine Novaquatics, Peirsol's club team as a kid. The two go way back and they have reunited at the USA Swimming National Championships at Irvine High. As Salo waited for Peirsol's 100-meter backstroke finale Wednesday night, he talked about how Peirsol felt about his return home. Something felt off for Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High graduate.
NEWS
July 1, 2004
Steve Virgen When Hayley Peirsol was 6, she had second thoughts about becoming serious with swimming. She was in the water when she was in diapers, and ever since, swimming was meant for fun. Competition was the last reason Peirsol would swim. But then came age 6, when Peirsol went to the Irvine Novaquatics to prepare for her racing days. Her first encounter with competitive swimming was one she would rather forget, but remains as an indication of just how far she has come.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 15, 2003
Melanie Neff Newport Harbor High's girls swim Coach Ken LaMont was all smiles Wednesday at the CIF Southern Section Division I preliminaries at Belmont Plaza. And he had good reason. The Sailors placed swimmers in the finals of all but three events, and even in two of those races, impressive swims kept the smile on LaMont's face. The usual suspects did their job, as seniors Nicole Mackey, Hayley Peirsol and Mai Tajima, who all swim for the Irvine Novaquatics, qualified for the finals in each of their two individual events, as well as two relays.
NEWS
May 10, 2003
Melanie Neff The Newport Harbor High's girls swim team knew coming into the Sea View League finals it would take a minor miracle to defeat Irvine. They didn't get it. But in the end, the individual performances helped keep everyone on the team smiling. Irvine won the meet with 489 points, followed by host Newport with 417, Foothill (314), Woodbridge (267), Aliso Niguel (264) and Laguna Hills (257). "It's sad to say, but we kind of knew what to expect coming in," Newport Coach Ken LaMont said.
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