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223 world records later, Pipes honored again
Hawaii (7-08-2015) --
After setting 223 (and counting) national and world
Masters swimming records, onetime Palomar swimmer
Karlyn Pipes has been been honored -- again.
A charter inductee into the Palomar College Athletic
Hall of Fame in 2012, Pipes has been named 2015
Honor Masters Swimmer by U.S. Masters Swimming.
She has set more Masters records -- national and
world -- than any other swimmer on the planet, man
or woman. She's set FINA world age-group records in
Enrolling at Palomar after forfeiting a full-ride
scholarship to the University of Arkansas and
drifting through life for a period of years before
giving up what she now describes as "a bad
lifestyle", Pipes was a two-time Pacific Coast
Conference Swimmer of the Year under now-retired
Comet coach Patti Waterman.
Pipes set four national and six California Community
College records during the 1996 and '97 seasons. She
still holds two National Community College records
27.02 in the 50-yard back stroke, 57.14 in the 100
backstroke as well as three state recoreds.
Accepting a scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield in
1998, she won (at age 36) NCAA Division II National
championships in the 400 individual medley, 100
backstroke and 200 backstroke. She broke the
Division II National records in the 200 back, and
her time of 2:00.54 made her the oldest athlete ever
to set an NCAA Division II record.
Pipes was a USA National open qualifier every year
from 1995 through 2000 and in 2004, and placed 10th
in the 200 backstroke in both 1996 and 1998.
She's been named "Female Masters Swimmer of the
Year" three times by SWIM Magazine.
Pipes attributes her success to her Palomar coaches
Waterman and Scott Lawson and to Pat Skehan at Cal
State Bakersfield whom she credits for"takng a big
chance on me." And she especially credits her former
husband Eric Neilsen, a water polo
player-turned-triathlete to whom she was married to
for 14 years.
Pipes, who received a Bachelors degree in
Communication from Cal State Bakersfield in 1999,
trains swimmers through her company, Aquatic Edge of
Kona, Hawaii and travels around the world as a
competitor, teaching, speaking and motivating
PC finishes state meet
with 7th in 400 free relay
freestyle relay team brought home a
seventh-place finish on the third and final day
of the CCCAA State Swimming and Diving
Championships on Saturday at East Los Angeles
Evan Dean (left), Joe Cain
Ryan McCauley and Rich Farley swam a 3:11.74 for
the Comets in edging eighth-place finisher San
Diego Mesa's 3:12.24 time.
On Friday, Farley had
taken fifth in the 200 freestyle reace.
outdistanced Diablo Valley 555.50 to 479 for the
men's team championship. Palomar was 14th in the
32-team field with 82 points.
In the women's meet,
Santa Rosa won the team title with 424.50
points, with Orange Coast finishing second with
399.50 points. The Comets were 22nd out of 37
teams with 37
Farley places fifth in men's 200-yard freestyle
PARK (5-01-2015) --
Palomar's Rich Farley placed fifth in the men's
200-yard freestyle finals on Friday on the second
day of the three-day CCCAA Swimming & Diving
Championships at East Los Angeles College Swim
Farley (left) swam a 1:42.33. Santa Monica's Gabriel
Miranda won the race in 1:38.65.
Golden West leads the men's team scoring with 387.5
points after two days. The Rustlers lead second
place Diablo Valley which has 320 points. Serra is
third with 261.5 points, American River is in fourth
with 232 points, Riverside City College is fifth
with 190 points and Palomar is 16th with 51
Santa Rosa leads the women's team scoring with 336.5
points. Orange Coast is second with 269.5 points.
Diablo Valley (258 points) sits in third place,
Golden West fourth with 238 points and Pasadena City
College (173) is fifth.
Palomar's Farley gets 2nd PCAC award in days
DIEGO (4-21-2015) -- Selected as
Pacific Coast Athlete Conference Men's Co-Swimmer of
the Year three days earlier, Palomar's Rich
Farleywas honored by the conference again on
Tuesday, being named April 13-19 PCAC Men's Athlete
of the Week for all sports.
Farley, a sophomore from Carlsbad High School,
received the conference's top swimming award after
leading the Comets to the team title at the PCAC
Championships on Thursday through Saturday at
Wallace Memorial Pool.
Farley won the 500 freestyle in 4:44.33, the 200
freestyle in 1:42.52 and the 200 freestyle in 47.45
seconds. He also came from 10 yards behind on the
anchor leg to give Palomar first place in the 400
freestyle relay, the final event of the meet. The
Comets won by almost two seconds in the race
(3:11.06 to 3:12.41 for second-place Mesa).
The Comets outscored the runner-up Olympians 31-761
for the team title.
Farley, a two-sport standout, is a second-generation
Comet. His father, Paul Farley, also was a swimming
and water polo two-sport star for Palomar coming out
of Vista High School.
ABOVE: Palomar's Rich
Farley, who was selected as PCAC Men's Co-Swimmer of
the Year after the meet, moves through the water in
the 100-yard freestyle prelim race at Saturday's
conference championship meet at Wallace Memorial
Pool. Farley won the event in the finals later in
the day to become a triple winner in individual
races. He then brought Palomar from behind to win
the 400 freestyle relay by 1.35 seconds over
runner-up Mesa, accenting the Comets' men's team
title. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:
Kendyl Mundt, who set a meet record by winning the
women's 200-yard butterfly in 2:23.40.
Farley's anchor accents Palomar's
MARCOS (4-18-2015) --
Rich Farley, trailing by 10 yards to begin the
anchor leg, brought Palomar from behind to win the
400-yard freestyle relay on the final event of the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships on
The victory (Evan Dean, Joe Cain and Ryan McCauley
swam the first three legs) was worth 40 team points
and put the icing on the cake as the Comets' won the
men's team championship with 821 points.
San Diego Mesa finished second with 761 points.
Grossmont scored 723 points for third place and
Southwestern was fourh with 320 points.
Palomar's winning time in the 400 relay was 3:11.06,
with Mesa second in 3:12.41 and Grossmont third in
Farley also won the 100 freestyle race six events
earlier, swimming a 47.45 to defeat San Diego Mesa
's Brian Burns, who finished second in 47.81. Farley
wound up as a triple individual-event winner in the
three-day meet and was voted Co-Men's Athlete of the
Year in the conference.
He finished first in the 500 freestyle and 200
freestyle events earlier in the meet.
The Comets had three top-three men's finishers on
Saturday -- Ryan McCauley (third in the 200
breaststroke, Hayden McCauley (third in the 1650 freestyle) and
Paul Lee (third in the 200 butterfly).
In the women's meet, Palomar finished second in team
scoring behind runaway winner Grossmont. The
Griffins were first with 892 points, followed by the
Comets with 581, Mesa with 530 and Southwestern with
Kendyl Mundt and Morgan Brown finished 1-2 in the
200 butterfly. Mundt set a meet record of 2:23.40 in
winning the event. Brown swam a 2:30.04 as she
placed third, 11.68 seconds ahead of third-place Ana
Pavin from Mesa.
Mundt anchored the Comets to second place in the 400
freestyle relay with a 3:48.75 time. Kelly Harris,
Andrea Fairbanks and Paulina DeHaan swam the first
three legs. Grossmont won the race in 3:40.92.
DeHaan, a double individual winner on Friday, placed
second with a 2:19.99 in Saturday's 200 backstroke
event. Gabby Jamallo won with a meet record 2:16.9.
Palomar's Chelsea Sommer was third in 2:25.17.
The Comets' Lucy Gates was third in the 200
breaststroke in 2:44.43. Ian Wong of Mesa set a meet
record as she won the race in 2:30.57. Grossmont's
Lauren Adams was second in 2:36.72.
PC remains first after day 2 in men's meet
MARCOS (4-17-2015) --
Rich Farley (Ieft) recorded his second victory of
the meet, this time in 1:42.52 in the 200-yard
freestyle, as Palomar's men's swimming team remained
in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference finals at Wallace Memorial Pool after
Friday's second day.
Meanwhile, Paula DeHaan (right) had a big second-day
for the Comets' women's team with firsts in two
individual races and a relay.
The meet will conclude Saturday with the first event
scheduled for 9 a.m.
Palomar finished day 2 with 555 points, 35 points
ahead of second-place San Diego Mesa (520 points.
Grossmont (509 points) is a close third, with
Southwestern in fourth place with 232 points.
Farley, who opened the meet on Thursday with a
victory in the 500 freestyle, put plenty of daylight
between himself and Grossmont's David Newman, the
runnerup, in Friday's 200 free race. Farley swam a
1:42.52, Newman 1:45.27. Palomar's Joe Cain was
The Comets got second places from Ryan McCauley
(59.03 in the 100 breaststroke), Ryan Sur (4:30.62
in the 400 individual medley) and their 800
freestyle relay team of Cain, McCauley, Sur and
Farley which swam a 7:08.70.
Palomar is in second place in the women's meet
entering the final day, trailing first-place
Grossmont 635-411. Mesa (383 points) is third and
Suthwestern (277) is fourth.
DeHaan captured the 100 butterfly in 1:02.40 and the
100 backstroke with a 1:03.41.
Palomar took four of the first five places in the
butterfly, with Kendyl Mundt second in 1:02.07,
Morgan Brown third and Natalie Viescas fifth. The
Comets went 1-2-3 in the backstroke, with Andrea
Fairbanks placing second in 1:05.26 and Chelsea
Sommer third in 1:05.40.
And DeHaan capped the day by swimming the leadoff
leg on the Comets' 200 medley relay team, which
touched out runner-up Grossmont 1:55.51 to 1:55.58
for first place. Lucy Gates, Brown and Mundt swam
the final three legs.
Palomar's Mundt, Gates, Sommer and Kelly Harris
brought home a second place behind Grossmont in the
800 freestyle relay, swimming 8:39.73.
Harris finished third in the 200 freestyle race.
Palomar men sit in first place after day one
MARCOS (4-15-2015) --
Palomar's men's team leads the field after day one
of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
Championships on Thursday at Wallace Memorial Pool.
The Comets have 241 points entering Friday's second
day of the meet. San Diego Mesa is second with 213
points. Grossmont (188 points) is third and
Southwestern (93 points) is fourth.
Palomar is third in the women's meet. Grossmont
leads after the first day with 302 points, followed
by Mesa (185 points), the Comets (172 points) and
Southwestern (117 points).
Palomar won two men's events on the first day. Rich
Farley (above left) captured the 500-yard freestyle
in 4:44:33, easily defeating runner-up Antonio
Geraldo Peralta from Grossmont who was timed in
4:52.47. The Comets' Nick Hendricks was third in the
race with a 5:06.95.
Farley also swam the third leg on the Comets' 200
freestyle relay team that won with a 1:25.62 over
second-place Mesa (1:28.16).
Landon Van Horn anchored Palomar to a second place
in the 400 medley relay in 3:43.55. Mesa set a
conference meet record of 3:29.63 in winning the
Evan Dean (22:15) placed third in the 50 freestyle.
Ryan McCauley also took home a third place for the
Comets by swimming 1:59.80 in the 200-yard
In the women's meet, Grossmont touched out Palomar
to win the 200 freestyle relay. The Griffins swam a
1:41.45, with the Comets' team of Kendyl Mundt
(above right), Adrea Fairbanks. Kelly Harris and
anchor Paula DeHann just behind them in 1:41.70.
Mundt also took home a third place in the 50
freestyle at 25.34.
Farley, Houston lead PC men past Griffins
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
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
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
Palomar is 2-0 in the conference in women and 1-1 in
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
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
Palomar men 3rd, women 5th at 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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