Hayley Peirsol

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Hayley Peirsol
Personal information
Full name Hayley Reide Peirsol
National team  United States
Born (1985-08-09) August 9, 1985 (age 31)
Orange County, California
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
College team Auburn University

Hayley Reide Peirsol (born August 9, 1985) is an American former 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 then moved to Berkeley, California after retiring from competitive sports. In the Bay Area, she attended a three-year program at Rudolf Steiner's Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. Hayley now lives in San Luis, Costa Rica teaching in a start-up Waldorf School.

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 first of two sibling duos to medal at the same FINA World Championships (in 2003 and 2007), along with Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell who earned a silver medal on the same 4x100 meter freestyle relay in Barcelona in 2013.

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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