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July 22, 2002
Newport Harbor High's Hayley Peirsol, who opened the Janet Evans Invitational by winning the women's 800-meter freestyle Thursday, captured the 1,500 free in a meet record and personal-best 16:27.78 Sunday in the event's final day at McDonald's Swim Stadium at USC. Aaron Peirsol, a June graduate of Newport Harbor, squared off again Sunday against his friendly rival, Lenny Krayzelburg, but this time in the 100-meter backstroke -- the event in which Krayzelburg owns the world record (53.60)
NEWS
August 8, 2000
Roger Carlson Aaron Peirsol, a junior at Newport Harbor High School, left for Indianapolis and the U.S. Olympic swim trials Monday. His first competition, the 100-meter backstroke, is Thursday. Peirsol is a longshot to make the team in the 100-meter backstroke, though he will probably advance to the eight-man finals. But he's one of the favorites in his specialty, the 200-meter backstroke, which begins Sunday. Peirsol is ranked No. 2 in the world in the event with a sizzling time of 1:57.
NEWS
July 20, 2002
Aaron Peirsol, the Newport Harbor High product who is the world-record holder in the 200-meter backstroke, narrowly defeated 2000 Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg to win the much-anticipated event at the Janet Evans Invitational Friday at USC. Peirsol finished in 1:59.09, while Krayzelburg, the former world-record holder, finished in 1:59.33. It was the first race that featured Peirsol vs. Krayzelburg since the 2000 Olympics. Krayzelburg has been rehabilitating from shoulder surgery.
NEWS
August 12, 2000
Tony Altobelli With his best event still a couple of days away, Aaron Peirsol used Friday's 100-meter backstroke finals at the U.S. Olympic time trials as a way of getting the last bugs out of his nearly flawless system. Competing for the Irvine Novaquatics, the 17-year-old standout from Newport Harbor High School -- who advanced to the finals only after a qualifying swimmer took himself out of the event Thursday -- finished fourth with a personal-best time of 55.16 seconds.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
A rivalry is brewing between Newport Beach's Aaron Peirsol and his 2000 United States Olympic teammate Lenny Krayzelburg. On Tuesday Peirsol won the most recent battle between the two swimmers, racing to a 54.01 in the men's 100-meter backstroke to beat the second-place Krayzelburg (54.48) in the second day of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex. Peirsol beat his preliminary time by more than a second in his victory Tuesday.
NEWS
August 13, 2002
Hayley Peirsol continued her successful summer swimming season on the national stage Monday. Swimming for Irvine Novaquatics along with older brother Aaron Peirsol, Nicole Mackey and Ryan Lean, the Newport Harbor senior (in September), took fifth place (4:48.30) in the women's 400-meter individual medley during the first day of the six-day Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex. Peirsol beat her preliminary time (4:52.
NEWS
August 15, 2002
FOUR LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Aaron Peirsol, the new backstroke king, defeated the former, Lenny Krayzelburg, Tuesday in the 100-meter backstroke, in which Krayzelburg owns the world record. Is today time for Krayzelburg to dish out some payback? Not if Peirsol has anything to say about it. Peirsol, the Newport Harbor High product who is a three-time world-record holder, is poised to show the swimming world that he indeed owns the backstroke, against Krayzelburg, the former world-record holder, in the 200 back today at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex.
NEWS
August 14, 2000
Tony Altobelli INDIANAPOLIS -- The kid vs. the world champ showdown is officially set for today's 200-meter backstroke finals at the U.S. Olympic swimming time trials. Aaron Peirsol, the 17-year-old backstroke speed demon from Newport Harbor High competing for the Irvine Novaquatics, advanced to the finals with a time of one minute, 57.93 seconds, the fastest time of Sunday's semifinals. "It was a great race for Aaron," said Dave Salo, Novaquatics coach.
NEWS
August 15, 2000
Tony Altobelli Aaron Peirsol is officially Sydney-bound. The 17-year-old Newport Harbor High junior finished second in the finals of the 200-meter backstroke event at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Indianapolis on Monday, adding his name to the 2000 U.S. Olympic team roster. "It really hasn't hit me yet," Peirsol said. "I'll probably be laying in bed when it finally sinks in." Peirsol, who swam a finals time of 1 minute, 57.98 seconds, and finals winner and world champion Lenny Krayzelburg of USC (1:57.
NEWS
May 17, 2001
Barry Faulkner NEWPORT BEACH - Every swimmer's goal is to stop the clock. But, once every few years or so, one makes time stand still. Newport Harbor High junior Aaron Peirsol, who earned an Olympic silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke in Sydney, possesses the kind of talent that stops his prep peers in their poolside tracks. "There has only been about three or four swimmers in the history of high school swimming, who, when they're ready to start a race, everyone at the meet just stops what they're doing and watches," Newport Harbor Coach Brian Keutzkamp said.
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By STEVE VIRGEN | August 9, 2008
So just when does an Olympic dream begin? For Aaron Peirsol, it began at age 7 when his family took a trip to Florida. They visited the U.S. Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale. While there, the young Peirsol made a promise to his mother, Wella. He told her he would break a world record and later become inducted into the Hall of Fame. Eighteen years later, he’s the world-record holder in the 100-meter backstroke (52.89 seconds) and shares the world’s top time in the 200 back (1 minute, 54.32 seconds)
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NEWS
August 15, 2002
FOUR LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Aaron Peirsol, the new backstroke king, defeated the former, Lenny Krayzelburg, Tuesday in the 100-meter backstroke, in which Krayzelburg owns the world record. Is today time for Krayzelburg to dish out some payback? Not if Peirsol has anything to say about it. Peirsol, the Newport Harbor High product who is a three-time world-record holder, is poised to show the swimming world that he indeed owns the backstroke, against Krayzelburg, the former world-record holder, in the 200 back today at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
A rivalry is brewing between Newport Beach's Aaron Peirsol and his 2000 United States Olympic teammate Lenny Krayzelburg. On Tuesday Peirsol won the most recent battle between the two swimmers, racing to a 54.01 in the men's 100-meter backstroke to beat the second-place Krayzelburg (54.48) in the second day of the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex. Peirsol beat his preliminary time by more than a second in his victory Tuesday.
NEWS
August 13, 2002
Hayley Peirsol continued her successful summer swimming season on the national stage Monday. Swimming for Irvine Novaquatics along with older brother Aaron Peirsol, Nicole Mackey and Ryan Lean, the Newport Harbor senior (in September), took fifth place (4:48.30) in the women's 400-meter individual medley during the first day of the six-day Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships at the Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex. Peirsol beat her preliminary time (4:52.
NEWS
July 22, 2002
Newport Harbor High's Hayley Peirsol, who opened the Janet Evans Invitational by winning the women's 800-meter freestyle Thursday, captured the 1,500 free in a meet record and personal-best 16:27.78 Sunday in the event's final day at McDonald's Swim Stadium at USC. Aaron Peirsol, a June graduate of Newport Harbor, squared off again Sunday against his friendly rival, Lenny Krayzelburg, but this time in the 100-meter backstroke -- the event in which Krayzelburg owns the world record (53.60)
NEWS
July 20, 2002
Aaron Peirsol, the Newport Harbor High product who is the world-record holder in the 200-meter backstroke, narrowly defeated 2000 Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg to win the much-anticipated event at the Janet Evans Invitational Friday at USC. Peirsol finished in 1:59.09, while Krayzelburg, the former world-record holder, finished in 1:59.33. It was the first race that featured Peirsol vs. Krayzelburg since the 2000 Olympics. Krayzelburg has been rehabilitating from shoulder surgery.
NEWS
May 17, 2001
Barry Faulkner NEWPORT BEACH - Every swimmer's goal is to stop the clock. But, once every few years or so, one makes time stand still. Newport Harbor High junior Aaron Peirsol, who earned an Olympic silver medal in the 200-meter backstroke in Sydney, possesses the kind of talent that stops his prep peers in their poolside tracks. "There has only been about three or four swimmers in the history of high school swimming, who, when they're ready to start a race, everyone at the meet just stops what they're doing and watches," Newport Harbor Coach Brian Keutzkamp said.
NEWS
December 30, 2000
Barry Faulkner Like a well-worn odometer, the calendar rolled over with the new millennium, aligning three zeros that infused many with a sense of new beginning. And in the Newport-Mesa athletic community, there was, in fact, plenty new under the 2000 sun. There was, also, more of the same, often to an enhanced degree. The quadrennial Summer Olympic Games provided a fresh landscape for the sporting feats of established local stars and Newport Harbor High teenager Aaron Peirsol's homespun humility reflected the complex wonder of the Olympic arena through a refreshing prism.
NEWS
August 15, 2000
Tony Altobelli Aaron Peirsol is officially Sydney-bound. The 17-year-old Newport Harbor High junior finished second in the finals of the 200-meter backstroke event at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Indianapolis on Monday, adding his name to the 2000 U.S. Olympic team roster. "It really hasn't hit me yet," Peirsol said. "I'll probably be laying in bed when it finally sinks in." Peirsol, who swam a finals time of 1 minute, 57.98 seconds, and finals winner and world champion Lenny Krayzelburg of USC (1:57.
NEWS
August 14, 2000
Tony Altobelli INDIANAPOLIS -- The kid vs. the world champ showdown is officially set for today's 200-meter backstroke finals at the U.S. Olympic swimming time trials. Aaron Peirsol, the 17-year-old backstroke speed demon from Newport Harbor High competing for the Irvine Novaquatics, advanced to the finals with a time of one minute, 57.93 seconds, the fastest time of Sunday's semifinals. "It was a great race for Aaron," said Dave Salo, Novaquatics coach.
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