August 14, 2008
BEIJING — A world-record swim stopped Aaron Peirsol in his bid to become the second man to sweep the backstroke events at consecutive Olympic Games on Friday morning in China. Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High star, was forced to settle for the silver medal, as he finished second in the 200-meter backstroke behind fellow American Ryan Lochte, who touched the wall in 1 minute, 53.94 seconds and lowered the world record he had shared with the runner-up. Peirsol finished in 1:54.
July 24, 2003
Newport Harbor High graduate Aaron Peirsol captured his second medal at the 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday, picking up a silver medal with a second-place finish as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay team. Peirsol, who won a gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Tuesday, swam the third leg of the relay for the U.S. Though his time was the slowest among the four American swimmers, the U.S. held the lead through the first three legs of the race.
April 6, 2002
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Aaron Peirsol, the reigning world-record holder in the 200-meter backstroke, grabbed the silver medal in the 100 back after his 51.71 clocking Thursday in the FINA Short Course World Championships in Moscow. Peirsol won the preliminary heat, clocking a 51.98, and took third in the semifinals after a 52.36 swim. Matt Welsh won the gold medal in the 100 back touching the wall in 51.26. Peirsol will compete in the 200 back Sunday. A story in Tuesday's edition was in error, stating he had finished third.
November 28, 2007
COLUMBIA, Miss. — The Orange County Water Polo Club’s 14-and-under team, including five Newport Beach residents, finished second at USA Water Polo’s 14th annual Speedo Cup national championship that concluded Nov. 11 at the University of Missouri. Newport Beach residents Charlie Howarth, Daniel Stevens, John Walters, James Walters and Ben Zepfel are all members of OCWPC’s under-14 boys’ team. OCWPC, representing the Southern Pacific Zone, advanced to the championship game of the Speedo Cup, the premier water polo tournament in the country for boys and girls 14 and under.
April 7, 2009
Courtney Conlogue, a Sage Hill School junior, captured a silver medal in the girls’ under-18 division at the International Surfing Assn. World Junior Championships in Salinas, Ecuador Sunday. Her second-place finish helped the U.S. junior national traveling surf team take fourth place for the second straight year. Newport Harbor junior Kaleigh Gilchrist and senior classmate Chase Wilson were also a part of the team. Colin Moran, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at TeWinkle Intermediate, was an alternate on the squad.
August 28, 2008
Jeff Powers offered it up as politely as his handshake Thursday afternoon at UC Irvine. Still shiny and new, the silver medal Powers and three former UCI products won in the Beijing Olympic Games as members of the United States men’s water polo team felt, when the latest of a string of interviewers held it, as substantial as the accomplishment itself. Powers, 28, a three-time first-team All-American at UCI from 2000 to 2002 and the Anteaters’ leading scorer in 1999 and 2000, was back at his alma mater to bask in his newfound and, some might say, surprising Olympic glory.
June 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - It was hard to find a weakness watching the College Park Elementary boys' third- and fourth-grade silver division team Saturday at the Daily Pilot Cup. College Park's opponent, Paularino, probably felt the same way. Eight different players scored for the Cougars, who earned a 9-1 triumph in the quarterfinal match at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. And that balance was exactly what College Park Coach Hernan Bottazzi liked to see. "We're not a one-star team," Bottazzi said.
May 12, 2003
Richard Dunn The void created by the U.S. Olympic boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games still lives for the men's eight-man sweeps of the U.S. rowing team that year. The same crew, which includes stroke Bruce Ibbetson, gets together every autumn for the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston as an annual reunion. "It truly is [a bond with the other crew members]," said Ibbetson, a Newport Heights resident. "It's a great group of guys. And no one can cut you. You're already in the history books.
April 20, 2011
COSTA MESA — Orange Coast College students talked their way into 27 gold, silver and bronze medals last week at a national speech competition. OCC's Speech, Debate and Theater Team competed in the Phi Rho Pi National Tournament against about 600 students from more than 75 community colleges April 12 to 16 in Greenwich, Conn. In addition to the 27 medals students took home, the team walked away with a gold medal in the debate sweepstakes category and silver medals in individual events sweepstakes and overall team sweepstakes categories.
September 23, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH - While 17-year-old Aaron Peirsol swam his way to an Olympic silver medal Thursday, the world and his fellow classmates at Newport Harbor High School watched intensely. "It was really cool," said Peter Belden, who has known Aaron since they were in Junior Lifeguards together. "At first I thought he was the second in the United States -- I had no idea he was a medal contender." This may seem a surprising revelation for one of his close friends, but according to Peter's sister, Katherine -- another great friend of Aaron's -- Aaron did not talk about his swimming much with his high school friends.