Aaron Peirsol, the Orange County-bred swimmer who became arguably the greatest backstroker of his generation and a five-time Olympic gold medalist, will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame on June 3-5 in Santa Clara, the organization announced.
Peirsol rose from the Irvine Novaquatics club as an age-group star under Coach Dave Salo to become a three-time Olympian (2000, 2004, 2008) who claimed five gold medals and two silvers.
He quietly retired in 2011, making a meet in the summer of 2010 at his home pool, the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics, his final competition.
Peirsol, who also raced for Newport Harbor High, retired on top at age 27.
“I may be relatively young but I started young. I ended up being extremely content and I called a spade a spade," Peirsol said at his retirement.Read the rest of this entry »