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More Records for Peirsol

April 08, 2002|Associated Press

Aaron Peirsol, a senior at Newport Harbor High, broke two world records, one in a relay, and fellow American Lindsay Benko also bettered a mark in the World Short Course Swimming Championships at Moscow on Sunday.

Peirsol won the men's 200-meter backstroke in 1 minute 51.17 seconds, shattering the old mark of 1:51.62, shared by Matt Welsh of Australia and Gordan Kozulj of Croatia.

He then teamed with David Denniston, Peter Marshall and Jason Lezak as the U.S. 400 medley-relay team finished in 3:29.00, erasing the record of 3:29.88 set by Australia in 1999.

Benko won the women's 200 freestyle in 1:54.04, eclipsing the five-year-old record of Claudia Pol of Costa Rica by 0.13.

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