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2015 Season

Farley, Houston lead PC men past Griffins

SAN DIEGO (3-27-2015) -- Getting double victories from Rich Farley (left) and Andrew Houston (right), Palomar's men's team swam to a 141-108 win over Grossmont on Friday at the Kroc Center to up its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 2-1.

Farley won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:00.86 and the 500 free in 5:06.67. He also teamed with Evan Dean, Landon Van Horn and Joe Cain to capture the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.37 to cap the team victory.

Houston placed first in the 100 backstroke with a 1:00.86 and won the 200 back in 2:18.16 as Ryan Rodriguez and Jonathan Baker finished second and third to complete a 1-2-3 sweep in the event.

Hayden McCauley (11:01.09 in the 1,000 freestyle) and Ryan McCauley (2:05.01 in the 200 freestyle) were Palomar's other men's winners.

Palomar won both relays in the women's meet, with Paulina De Haan and Morgan Brown adding individual victories, De Haan with a 1:04.41 in the 100-yard backstroke and Brown with a 1:06.38 in the 100 butterfly.

De Haan, Lucy Gates, Brown and Kendyl Mundt swam a 1:59.40 in placing first in the 200 medley relay. Andrea Fairbanks, Chelsea Sommers, Gates and Natalie Viescas won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.25.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Kendyl Mundt pauses after winning the women's 200-yard butterfly on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Mundt swam a 2:32.33. DIRECTLY ABOVE: The Comets' Ryan McCauley swims to victory in the men's 200 fly in 2:09.58. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Palomar women's, men's teams split with Mesa

SAN MARCOS (3-25-2015) -- Palomar's women's swim team took a giant step toward the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference dual meet championship on Friday, turning back visiting San Diego Mesa 137-129 at Wallace Memorial Pool.The Olympians won the men's meet 151-136.

The Comet women got double individual victories from Kelly Harris (2:08.75 in the 200 freestyle and 5:54.29 in the 500 free), Kendyl Mundt (2:32.33 in the 200 butterfly, 58.19 in the 100 free) and Paulina Dehaan (2:25.48 in the 200 backstroke, 1:02.41 in the 100 fly).

Morgan Brown won the 50 free with a 26.71, and Mundt, Chelsea Sommer, Lucy Gates and Harris swam a 1:50.48 to capture the 200 free relay.

In the men's meet, Palomar picked up individual-event wins from Ryan Sur (11:07.55 in the 1000 free), Ryan McCauley (2:09.58 in the 200 fly), Evan Dean (22.85 in the 50 free) and Rich Farley (5:04.55 in the 500 free). Dean, Joe Cain, Landon Va Horn and Farley swim to a first place in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:31.13.

Neil Franka won the meet for the Olympians with a triple victory in the 200-yard freestyle (1:44.82), the 100 freestyle (46.99) and the 200 individual medley (1:57.49).

Palomar is 2-0 in the conference in women and 1-1 in men.

Palomar's Ryan Smethurst swims to victory in the men's 1,000 freestyle in a time of 11:26.92. He easily defeated the second-place finisher, Southwestern's Genero Salido who was timed in 12:08.98. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comet men (172-86), women (128-82) sweep

SAN MARCOS (3-13-2015) -- Palomar dominated its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference swimming opener with Southwestern on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comet men's team won 172-86 and the women's squad won 128-82.

Rich Farley and Ryan McCauley were double winners for the PC men's squad. Farley captured the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.24 and the 100 freestyle in 50.79, while McCauley placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.84 and the 100 butterfly (55.03).

The Comets' other winners in the men's meet were Ryan Smethurst in the 1,000 freestyle, Andy Houston (100 backstroke), Joe Cain (50 freestyle), Corey Meyers (200 breaststroke), Hayden McCauley (500 freestyle) and both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams.

For the Palomar women, Kendyl Mundt and Chelsea Sommer each won two events. Mundt took the 200-yard butterfly in 2:35.08 and won the 100 freestyle with a 58.96. Sommer placed first in  the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.95 and the 200 individual medley (2:30.65).

The other Comets' winners in the women's meet were Kelly Harris with a 2:14.25 in the 200 freestyle, Andrea Fairbanks in the 200 backstroke, Lucy Gates in the 200 breaststroke and Paulina Dehaan n the 100 butterfly.

Palomar men 3rd, women 5th at Riverside

RIVERSIDE (3-7-2015) -- Palomar's men's swimming team took third place and the Comets' women's team placed fifth in the Chaffey / Riverside Invitational over the weekend at the Riverside City College Aquatics Complex.

RCC captured the men's title with 765.5 points with Mt. SAC (745) second and Palomar (428) third. Trailing the Comets were San Diego Mesa (385), Fullerton (382.5), Grossmont (373), El Camino (354), Chaffey 93), Santa Ana (88) and Southwestern (83).

The host Tigers also won the women's meet with 588 points, followed in the top five by Grossmont (569.5), Mt. SAC (492.5), East Los Angeles (484) and the Comets (410). El Camino (332), San Diego Mesa (253), Fullerton (241), Chaffey (172), Southwestern (125) and Santa Ana (16) trailed.

Although the Comets did not bring home any first places, the men's team picked up a second place from Evan Dean (left) with a 22.20 in the 50-yard freestyle and a third place from Rich Farley with a 1:49.45 in the 200 free. In the relay events, Palomar's 200 freestyle team of Joe Cain, Dean, Farley and Landon Van Horn placed third with a 1:30.83.

The Palomar women got a second place in the 400 free relay from Kelly Harris (right), Paulina DeHaan, Chelsea Sommer and Kendyl Mundt, who teamed to swim 3:55.48. Mundt swam  a 58.00 in the 100 free to finish third.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar's Ryan McCauley wins the men's 400-yard individual medley in the Waterman Invitational on Saturday. He swam a 4:40.33 to defeat teammate Ryan Sur, the second-place finisher, by 14 seconds. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Morgan Brown wins the women's 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.65, 3.12 seconds over runner-up Stephanie Alfaro from Cerritos. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets win seven relay events in 2015 opener

SAN MARCOS (2-06-2015 / 2-07-2015) -- Palomar had a big weekend in the relay events as the Comets opened their 2015 men's and women's swimming & diving season by hosting the two-day Waterman Festival.

The Comets began the second day of the meet on Saturday by touching out runner-up Cerritos in the women's 200-yard medley relay. Paulina Dehaan, Lucy Gates, Morgan Brown and Kelly Harris swam a 2:35.29. The Falcons were timed in 2:35.66.

Palomar's other victories in the relay events came in the men's 350-yard freestyle relay, the men's 350 breaststroke relay, the men's 350 freestyle relay, the men's 200 under/over medley relay, the mixed 300 coed freestyle relay, the 20men's 600 Iron Woman relay and the men's 600 Iron Man relay.

Dehaan had come up big in the pentathlon on the opening day of the meet on Friday, placing second to Gabi Garcia of Fullerton in an 81-woman field. Garcia had a combined 3:09.3 time, while Dehaan had a combined 3:10.19 time. She swam the 50 butterfly in 28.43, the 50 backstroke in 32.02, the 50 breaststroke in 35.91 the 50 freestyle in 27.18 and the 100 IM in 1:06.65. Palomar's Brown finished sixth in the pentathlon with a 3:14.18 combined time.

In the men's pentathlon, Palomar's Ryan McCauley swam a combined time of 2:45.12 to place sixth in a 75-man field. San Diego Mesa's Neil Franka won the pentahlon in 2:33.41.

Palomar's women's winners in the individual events on Saturday were Brown in the 100 butterfly in 1:09.65 and Dehaan in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.60. The Comets' second-place finishers were Gates in the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.21, Harris in the 50 freestyle in 27:29 and Dehaan in the 100 IM in 2:32.87.

Palomar's individual men's winners on Saturday were Evan Dean in the 50 freestyle in 22.66 McCauley in the 400 IM in 4:40.33. Finishing second were McCauley in the 100 breaststoke in 1:05.09 and Ryan Sur in both the 400 IM in 4:54.52 and the 1,000 freestyle in 11:36.03.

The Comets had three second-place finishes in Saturday's relay events. The women's runners-up were the 350 butterfly relay team (4:50.74) and the 350 freestyle relay team (3:53.72). Palomar also placed second in the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, clocking a 3:24.38.

2014 Season ...

Hartl swims to 9th place in 1650 free at state

MONTEREY PARK (5-03-2014) -- Palomar's Danny Hartl swam a 17:00.56 to take ninth place in the men's 1650-yard freestyle in the CCCAA State Community College Swimming & Diving Championships which concluded on Saturday.

Along with consolation placings by both Rich Farley and Hartl in various races, the Comets finished with 13 points to tie for 26th among 30 scoring teams in the three-day meet.

Golden West won the men's championship. Diablo Valley edged Orange Coast 414-400 for the women's title.


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