Hayley Peirsol

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Hayley Peirsol
Personal information
Full name Hayley Reide Peirsol
Nationality  United States
Born (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 29)
Orange County, California
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
College team Auburn University

Hayley Reide Peirsol (born August 9, 1985 in Orange County, CA) is a retired American long-distance swimmer. She swam under Dave Salo with Irvine Novaquatics prior to attending Auburn University. While at Auburn, Hayley trained under David Marsh, Dorsey Tierney and the late Ralph Crocker. Hayley earned 3 individual NCAA titles and 3 individual SEC titles in the 1650 freestyle as well as 3 NCAA and 4 SEC team titles. In 2006 and 2007, Hayley also trained with Club Wolverine at the University of Michigan under Bob Bowman and the legendary distance guru, Jon Urbanchek. In 2006, Hayley became the third woman in history to ever break 16 minutes in the 1500 meter freestyle, the other two women being Janet Evans and Kate Ziegler.

In 2007, Hayley retired from swimming with the desire of making her name known as a triathlete. She trained under former World Champion Siri Lindley in Santa Monica, California with teammates Mirinda Carfrae (2010 Ironman World Champion), Jenny Fletcher and New Zealander Samantha Warriner. In May 2009 she took second place in her first ITU race which was in her brother's hometown of Austin, Texas.[2] Hayley received the Rookie of the Year award in 2009 from the ITU federation for her accomplishments in her new sport.

Hayley now resides in Berkeley, CA after retiring from professional sports altogether and is attending a three year teacher training program at Rudolf Steiner's Waldorf School in Northern Californina. Hayley continues to mentor and coach children in the sport of swimming in California.

Her brother, American backstroker Aaron Peirsol, is a multiple Olympic Games gold medalist, having competed in Greece, Australia and China.[2] Hayley and Aaron are the only sibling duo to medal at the same FINA World Championships (in 2003 and 2007).

Best times[edit]

  • LC 400 m Free - 04:06.31, 2006 ConocoPhillips National Championships, 1 August 2006
  • LC 800 m Free - 08:26.41, 2007 World Championships, 31 March 2007
  • LC 1500 m Free - 15:57.36, 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, 17 August 2006
  • LC 400 m Individual Medley - 04:48.30, 2002 ConocoPhillips National Championships, 12 August 2002

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ "Siblings Swimming Toward the Olympics" The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 August 2013.

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