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November 6, 2000
Tony Altobelli As difficult as it was to stay ahead of the world's best backstrokers at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Newport Harbor junior Aaron Peirsol overcame another obstacle upon his return to the United States. Homework. "I think I'm finally caught up," Peirsol proudly boasted. With life returning somewhat normal for the 200-meter backstroke silver medalist, it's time to jump back into the water and to get ready for future obstacles. "The World Championship Trials are next up in March for Aaron," Irvine Novaquatics and Orange Coast College swimming coach Dave Salo said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 1, 2005
The top 25 Newport-Mesa sports stories of 2004, as selected by the Daily Pilot sports staff. 1 Former Sailors win gold: Newport Harbor High products Aaron Peirsol (three) and Misty May (one) captured Olympic gold medals at the Summer Games in Athens, Greece. Peirsol, a swimmer who forfeited his remaining college eligibility at the University of Texas to turn professional, became the fifth swimmer to win the 100- and 200-meter backstroke at the same Olympics.
NEWS
May 12, 2000
Barry Faulkner BELMONT SHORE - When you're the defending CIF Southern Section Division I champion and an Olympic hopeful, qualifying at the section boys swimming preliminaries can become a little routine. But the mundane nearly became memorable for Newport Harbor High sophomore Aaron Peirsol Thursday at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Believing he still had another heat before his 100-yard backstroke qualifying heat 3, Peirsol had to scurry to the starting blocks, climbing up just before the race went off. "I think the starter wanted to see Aaron swim, so he may have held things up a little," Harbor boys coach Brian Kruetzkamp said.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
Around the college sports scene faster than Aaron Perisol can swim the 200-yard backstroke: Well, not that fast, but here is a look at what's going on. Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High standout, left anyone who saw him in awe Saturday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The University of Texas freshman broke the American record in the 200 back in the preliminaries, and then out-did himself in the final. Peirsol, the world-record holder in the 200-meter back, became the first man to go under 1:40 in the 200-yard back.
NEWS
October 3, 2004
NEWPORT BEACH Desperately in search of lost gold Olympic gold medalist and former Newport Harbor High swimmer Aaron Peirsol told students last week at Ensign Middle School about the three gold medals he won in Athens and then almost lost on his way home. Peirsol said he had packed his medals in a duffel bag, the only piece of luggage that didn't show up on the conveyor belt at Frankfurt airport. All of United Airlines was looking for the bag with the medals, he said.
NEWS
September 2, 2004
It turned out to be quite the golden summer for two Newport Harbor High products. Beach volleyball player Misty May and swimmer Aaron Peirsol return from Greece as gold medalists. May, with partner Kerri Walsh, captured the gold with a flawless run at the rowdy beach volleyball venue. The duo finished 7-0, didn't lose a set on the hot Grecian sand and earned the United States' first gold medal since women's beach volleyball became an Olympic sport in 1996.
NEWS
April 16, 2002
Barry Faulkner BELMONT SHORE - By the time Newport Harbor High's record-setting 4x100-yard freestyle relay came down to world-class anchor man Aaron Peirsol, the Sailors had already shown they were in a class by themselves. Junior leadoff man Andrew Cole opened a body-length lead, which senior Ryan Lean more than doubled and sophomore Michael Bury expanded to more than three body lengths. Peirsol, who also anchored Newport Harbor boys swimming victories in the 6x50 free and the 4x50 backstroke at the Millikan/Southern Section Relay Championships at Belmont Plaza, then glided through four laps of the 25-yard pool in a team-best 45.06 seconds to complete the 3:10.
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
April 26, 2001
SEA VIEW LEAGUE Boys Newport Harbor 94, Laguna Hills 76 200 free relay - 1. Newport Harbor (Cole, Lean, Belden, Snelgrove), 1:46.12. 200 free - 1. Lean (NH), 1:46.58; 2. R. Andrews (LH), 1:52.17; 3. S. Andrews (LH), 1:57.30. 200 IM - 1. Kwok (LH), 2:10.22; 2. Le Barton (LH), 2:11.52; 3. Stabler (NH), 2:19.35. 50 free - 1. (tie) Belden (NH) and Snelgrove (NH), 22.93; 3. Cole (NH), 22.96. 100 fly - 1. Kwok (LH), 58.96; 2. Filsoof (LH)
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By Steve Virgen | May 10, 2013
Ever wonder what it takes to raise elite athletes, including one who became a five-time Olympic gold medalist? Wella Hartig, the mother of Aaron and Hayley Peirsol, details her experience of what she describes in one instance as, "a perfect storm," in her new book, "Buoyant: How Water and Willpower Helped Wella to Channel Aaron and Hayley Peirsol. " Hartig wrote the book with Laura Cottam Sajbel. It's available online. Hartig writes about the triumphs, adversity and pressure it took to raise Aaron, the world record holder in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke, and Hayley, a standout distance swimmer who competed for Auburn and later became a triathlete.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | April 16, 2013
The Bird. Turtle. The Backstroke King. They are known as three of Newport Harbor High's greatest athletes. Newport Harbor's "Big Three" can also be known as among the best in CIF Southern Section history. George Yardley (basketball), Misty May-Treanor (volleyball) and Aaron Peirsol (swimming) are featured in the CIF Southern Section's "100 Athletes for 100 years," and represent the inaugural CIF Southern Section Athletes Hall of Fame, it was announced Monday. Each of the Sailors' athletes hold a special place in Newport Harbor's Long Gray Line, and went on to reach stardom in the NBA for Yardley, and with Olympic gold for May-Treanor and Peirsol.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
February 1, 2011
Backstroke king and five-time Olympic gold medalist Aaron Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High swim star, won't be aiming for the 2012 Olympics. That's because he's retiring, according to swimmingworldmagazine.com. When Texas coach Eddie Reese was asked if his former swimmer Peirsol was hanging it up, Reese told Swimming World's Peter Busch, "he has done that. " "I think [Peirsol] has made it official-unofficial or unofficial-official that he is not going to 2012," Reese said during the interview.
SPORTS
August 21, 2010
This time, Aaron Peirsol doesn't get a second chance at defending a backstroke gold medal at the Pan Pacific Championships. The Newport Harbor High product on Friday could not depend on a U.S. teammate to reach the finals in his second backstroke event in as many days at the international meet. Peirsol recorded the third-fastest time overall in the 200-meter backstroke preliminaries in the morning, but two fellow Americans finished ahead, eliminating Peirsol from the eight-man final at night at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 14, 2010
Last week I experienced a rather surreal moment while reporting at the USA Swimming National Championships. I saw Aaron Peirsol for the first time since 2004, all grown up. Yes it was bizarre that he ended the meet without a gold medal, but it was also a bit strange to see him again. He's now 27. I first met him when he was 17. I wouldn't say we have a friendship, but it is a friendly working relationship. It was great to catch up with him. But this column isn't really about my encounter with Peirsol, who starred at Newport Harbor High.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 7, 2010
IRVINE — And, that's a wrap. Or is it? The USA Swimming National Championships ended for Aaron Peirsol without a gold medal, a rarity for sure. The former Newport Harbor High standout got the job done, qualifying for the Pan Pacific Championships in the 100-meter backstroke and the 200 back, but there appears to be some unfinished business. He finished second to Ryan Lochte in the 200 back, a race Peirsol called, "fun," Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 4, 2010
IRVINE — If Aaron Peirsol was upset, he sure kept a great poker face Wednesday night at Irvine High. Peirsol might not have felt upset, but David Plummer of Minnesota definitely pulled one off. The 6-foot-4 Peirsol doesn't usually get out-touched in the 100-meter backstroke, or any backstroke race for that matter. But in his former home pool, on a big stage, it was a shocker that had the crowd buzzing at the USA Swimming National Championships. Plummer took the win, holding off Peirsol's rally to win the national championship in the 100 back in 53.60 seconds.
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