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October 18, 2007
Newport Harbor High product Aaron Peirsol is among the nominees for the 2007 Golden Goggle Awards, an event celebrating the accomplishments of top American swimmers. Peirsol is nominated for 2007 Male Athlete of the Year, where he will be up against fellow world record-holders Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. All three set individual world records this summer at the FINA World Championships. Peirsol won the 100-meter backstroke at the world championships in Australia in March, lowering his own world-record time to finish in 52.98 seconds.
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By Peter Kooiman | October 15, 2007
Growing up in Newport Beach as a surfer, swimmer, and water polo player, Aaron Peirsol was certainly no stranger to the water. And while swimming pools never bothered him (he owns three Olympic gold medals and two world records), what he saw at some Southern California beaches left him a bit queasy. “I remember going to Belmont Pool (in Long Beach) for swimming competitions, and it’s one of the nicest pools in the state,” says Peirsol, now 24 and training for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
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October 8, 2007
Newport Harbor alum Aaron Peirsol is using his fame as a three-time swimming Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder to bring attention to a different kind of water, one with no chlorine. Peirsol will be at the Port of Long Beach’s Green Port Fest Saturday to adress ocean pollution. He’s hoping to recruit advocates and raise awareness about saving the ocean. Peirsol is a spokesman for Oceana, the largest international organization dedicated to advocationg for ocean conservation.
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By Jason Kornfeld | July 5, 2007
The last day of Taylor Cortens' Spanish class called for celebration. Time for a fiesta for Taylor. The party featured a variety of candy and treats. Flashing his beaming smile, Taylor consumed all the goodies possible. On a normal day, this would not present any problems. But, Taylor's first swim practice followed the party. With a sense of anticipation buried deep within — past the consumed chocolate and sugar that occupied his stomach — he attended practice.
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March 31, 2007
MELBOURNE, Australia — Aaron Peirsol's reign in the 200-meter backstroke is over. At least for now. The Newport Harbor High product, who had not lost in the 200 back since the 2000 Olympics, finished second to Ryan Lochte, who broke Peirsol's world record, finishing in one minute, 54.32 seconds at the FINA World Championships. Peirsol's former record was 1:54.44. Peirsol, the world and Olympic champion, was under his own world-record pace through 150 meters, but Lochte passed him over the last 50 meters.
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March 27, 2007
MELBOURNE, Australia — Hayley Peirsol and older brother Aaron Peirsol, both Newport Harbor High products, qualified for today's finals in the 1,500-meter freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively, in preliminary action at the FINA World Championships Monday. Hayley Peirsol qualified first in 16 minutes, 2.08 seconds, ahead of Japan's Ai Shibata (16:05.92) and American Kate Ziegler (16:07.71). Ziegler is the reigning world champion in the 1,500 and 800 free events, having claimed both titles in 2005 at Montreal.
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By Steve Virgen | March 25, 2007
Aaron Peirsol scoffs at the notion he is different than his younger sister, Hayley. "We're the same," he said Saturday in a phone interview from Australia. "We are more alike than different." After the week is through, the siblings hope to be wearing the same type of medal around their respective necks. It's gold and that's what they're striving for at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. They'll start competing on the same day, Monday, Aaron in the 100-meter backstroke, Hayley in the 1,500 freestyle.
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March 11, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. — Auburn University senior Hayley Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, successfully defended her NCAA title in the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota. Peirsol's time of 15 minutes, 45.92 seconds was over 10 seconds faster than her seed time, and easily beat out second-place Auburn teammate Adrienne Binder (15:53.44). Her time was nearly four seconds faster than her 2006 NCAA championship time of 15:49.
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March 9, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Auburn University senior Hayley Peirsol, a Newport Harbor High product, finished fourth in the finals of the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota Thursday. Peirsol swam the race in four minutes, 41.97 seconds. She finished a spot ahead of her fifth-place preliminary time earlier in the day Thursday. Tigers teammate Adrienne Binder won the race in 4:36.96. Peirsol is an All-American and the defending NCAA champion in the women's 1,600 freestyle.
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