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223 world records later, Pipes honored again

KONA, 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 every stroke.

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 swimmers.

2015 Season

PC finishes state meet with 7th in 400 free relay 

MONTEREY PARK (5-2-2015) -- Palomar's 400-yard 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 College.

Evan Dean (left), Joe Cain (right), 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.

Golden West 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 points.

Farley places fifth in men's 200-yard freestyle

MONTEREY 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 Stadium.

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 points.

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

SAN 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 men's title

SAN 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 Saturday.

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 3:12.50.

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 391 points.

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

SAN 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 third in1:49.74.

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

SAN 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 race.

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 individual medley.

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

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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