With arguably the world’s top two backstrokers, Aaron Peirsol and Lenny Krayzelburg, likely to be training together at Irvine Novaquatics a couple of years ago, Coach Dave Salo was excited about what should be an exceptional summer leading up to the Olympics.
Dave Salo was the first to tell you that that summer was different from all the rest. Let’s rephrase that: “It will be an exceptional summer,” Salo said from his office at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Salo, who coaches the Irvine Novaquatics swim team, will be in high gear this summer as he prepares his swimmers for Olympic Trials in July at Long Beach. Not that Salo is a stranger to the routine. He’s been placing athletes on the Olympic team since Barcelona in 1992, including medalists Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak and Aaron Peirsol. This time, however, ah, there’s the rub.
It was Salo who coached backstroker and world record holder Peirsol in his high school and age group years and is one of the big reasons why he won a silver medal in the 200 meter backstroke in the 2000 Olympics in Australia.