July 15, 2000
TONY ALTOBELLI LOS ANGELES - Sometimes it's important to remember that when you talk with Newport Harbor High junior Aaron Peirsol, you're talking to a 16-year-old kid that happens to be a world-class swimmer. Shortly after stunning the packed house at the USC Swimming pool by defeating the best swimmers in the world in the 200-meter backstroke at the Janet Evans Invitational the topic that lit his face the brightest? Tonight's Metallica concert next door at the L.A. Coliseum.
March 21, 2002
Steve Virgen Aaron Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High senior and an Olympic silver medalist, is the reigning world record holder in the 200-meter backstroke after his 1:55.15 surpassed Lenny Krayzelburg's 1:55.87 Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Peirsol's record-breaking time assuredly sent shock waves throughout the swimming world, but it was of little surprise for Peirsol. "I've been feeling really good and I thought it was time," said Peirsol during a telephone interview.
July 9, 2004
Steve Virgen Aaron Peirsol stopped short of making any predictions for today's men's 100-meter backstroke race that includes an intriguing field of swimmers and is billed as the most competitive men's event in the U.S. Olympic trials. However, on Thursday, Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High swim standout, said he's due to break the world record in the 100 back today at the U.S. Olympic trials at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach.
July 13, 2004
Steve Virgen Aaron Peirsol came up from under the water, looked up at a board with his world-record time showing, 1 minute, 54.74 seconds, and he couldn't help but celebrate. He splashed water, pumped his fist and let out an emotional shout. He was genuinely ecstatic after breaking his own world record in the 200-meter backstroke in front of 9,817 Monday at U.S. Olympic swim trials at the Charter All-Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach. The former world record was 1:55.
January 27, 2003
If you were to bet on Aaron Peirsol, it would not be gambling. Say if Las Vegas opened a line in October on Peirsol becoming the top swimmer in the 200-yard backstroke in NCAA Division I, I know I would be rich, no matter the odds. Surprise, surprise. Aaron Peirsol is No. 1 in the nation in the 200 back (1:41.34). That's what was expected when the University of Texas recruited the pride of Newport Harbor High. After all, Peirsol is the best in the world in the 200 back.
September 22, 2000
Tony Altobelli Only an Olympic record-setting performance from world champion Lenny Krayzelburg prevented Aaron Peirsol from shocking the swimming world Thursday at the Olympic Games in Sydney. The 17-year-old Newport Harbor High standout won the silver medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke finals with a time of 1 minute, 57.35 seconds, just .59 seconds off the 1:56.76 pace set by gold-medalist Krayzelburg. "We're still in a daze," Aaron's father, Tim, said by telephone from Sydney.
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.
October 2, 2000
Tony Altobelli NEWPORT BEACH - After two years of training, four weeks of pre-Olympic preparation and two weeks of Olympic exposure in Sydney, Australia, one question still puzzles silver medalist Aaron Peirsol. Why do people eat Vegemite? "Dude, that stuff is nasty," the Newport Harbor High junior said. "And people over there eat it like it's butter or something. They put it on everything. I just don't get it." For the 17-year-old, he'll stick with his chocolate-chip pancakes, thank you very much.
October 2, 2000
Tony Altobelli NEWPORT BEACH -- After two years of training, four weeks of pre-Olympic preparation and two weeks of Olympic exposure in Sydney, Australia, one question still puzzles silver medalist Aaron Peirsol. Why do people eat Vegemite? "Dude, that stuff is nasty," the Newport Harbor High School junior said. "And people over there eat it like it's butter or something. They put it on everything. I just don't get it." For the 17-year-old, he'll stick with his chocolate-chip pancakes, thank you very much.