Sept. 12, 2006
Daphne, Ala. -
Auburn swimmer Hayley Peirsol was named Alabama Athlete of the Month for August by the United States Sports Academy after upsetting world champion Kate Ziegler to win the 800m freestyle at the U.S. Summer National Championships.
Peirsol is the only repeat winner after also winning the March Alabama Athlete of the Month honor.
The senior from Newport Beach, Calif. finished with a time of 8:26.45, the second-fastest in the world this year. She won 70 percent of the vote for this month's award, with University of Alabama volleyball player Crystal Hudson finishing second.
"Going into that race, I was just anxious to get it over with and when I finished it was definitely more of a relief then anything else," Peirsol said. "That is what I live for - racing, more than anything. It hurts, but it doesn't kill you, so it makes you better."
The Academy's Alabama Athlete of the Month is selected by a voting committee comprised of former Alabama athletes, state-wide media, and Alabama sports organization representatives.
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports institute designed to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy, "America's Sports University," in higher education is to prepare men and women for sport professions.
For more information about the United States Sports Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy's website www.ussa.edu.