Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving


2016 Schedule and Roster

2016 Season

Jacob has 2 top-four finishes in state meet

MONTEREY PARK (5-05-2016 / 5-06-2016 / 5-07-2016) – Palomar’s Michelle Jacob (left), Ryan McCauley and the Comets’ 400-yard medley relay team placed in the CCCAA State Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday through Saturday at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium.

The Comets’ men’s team placed 13th among 30 teams in the men’s meet with 67 points. Sierra won the team title with 543.5 points and Golden West (508 points) finished second. McCauley finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley with a 1:54.96 time.

The women’s team, behind Jacob’s top-four finishes in two events, took 15th out of 33 teams with 90 points as Orange Coast (569 points) and Sierra (537 points) took 1-2.

Jacob finished third in the 400-yard individual medley with a 4:40.03 time and was fourth in the 200 IM with a 2:12.02.

The Comets’ women’s 400 medley relay team of Paulina DeHaan, Lucy Gates, Morgan Brown and Kendyl Mundt swam a 4:17.07 for eighth place.

Palomar's Kendyl Mundt (top photo) swims to a meet record of 2:20.13 in the women's 200-yard butterfly on the final day of the PCAC Championships on Saturday at Wallace Memorial Pool. The Comets' Andrew Bertotti (directly above) battles Mesa's Wyatt Schmidt, closest to the camera, in the men's 1650-yard freestyle. Bertotti drew away to win in 17:18.42, leaving Schmidt nearly 20 seconds behind at 17:37.19. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Record-setting races for Jacob, Mundt

SAN MARCOS (4-23-2016) -- Palomar's Michelle Jacob set a meet record for the second day in a row and teammate Kendyl Mundt also set a meet mark to highlight Palomar’s performance on the final day of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference swimming finals at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Jacob’s record came in the women’s 200-yard backstroke, where she swam 2:11.60 to improve on her prelim time by just under 11 seconds. She and Palomar teammate Paulina DeHaan placed 1-2 in the race.

Mundt’s mark, 2:20.13 came in the 200 butterfly, where she and teammate Morgan Brown (2:22.72) also finished first and second.

Palomar’s other winners on day 3 were Andrew Bertotti (17:18.02 in the men’s 1650 freestyle), Lucy Gates (2:39.67 in the women’s 200 breaststroke), where teammate Carly Woods finished third.

The other Palomar second-place finishers on the final day were Nick Hendricks (2:09.36 in the men’s 200 breaststroke), Brown (women’s 200 butterfly), Hayden McCauley (2:05.80 in the men’s 200 butterfly) and from the Comets’ men’s and women’s 400 freestyle relay teams.

The Comets’ other third-place finish cam from Neal Gorman (2:01.08 in the men’s 200 backstroke).

Mesa won the men’s championship with 922 points, followed by Grossmont (761) in second, Palomar (753) in third and Southwestern (301) in fourth. Grossmont captured the women’s title, also with 922 points. The Griffins were followed by Mesa (651) in second, Palomar (616) in third and Southwestern (378) in fourth.



In the top photo, Palomar's Andrew Bertotti places first in 5:01.68 in heat 2 of the men's 500-yard freestyle prelims on the first day of the PCAC Championships on Thursday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Directly above: the Comets' Morgan Brown (nearest camera) and Carley Woods, who finished 1-2 in heat 3 of the women's 200 individual medley.-- Photo by Hugh Cox

Jacob comes up big for PC on 2nd day

SAN MARCOS (4-22-2016) – Michelle Jacob, Palomar’s freshman standout from La Costa Canyon High School, remained on a roll on Friday on the second day of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference swimming and diving championships at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Jacob set a meet record as she won the women’s 400-yard individual medley in 4:45.98, defeating runner-up Karina Reynoso from Southwestern who swam 5:02.22. Jacob, swimming a 1:01.68, also took home a first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.68 as she and PC teammates Paulina DeHaan (1:04.30) placed 1-2.

And Jacob led off Palomar’s winning 200 medley relay team which won in 1:54.39. Lucy Gates, DeHaan and Morgan Brown swam the last three legs. Jacob also anchored the Comets’ 800 freestyle relay team to a second place in 8:43.02, with Mundt, Brown and Gates swimming legs 1-through-3.

DeHaan (1:04.44) and Kendyl Mundt finished 2-3 in the 100 butterfly, and Gates was second in the 100 breastroke with a 1:12.33.

Palomar’s men took home three second places on the day. Neal Gorman, Nick Hendricks, Ryan McCauley and Paul Schaner were runners-up in the 200 medley relay in 1:37.18. Andrew Bertlotti swam a 1:46.78 to finish second in the 200 freestyle. And Gorman was second in the 200 backsroke with a 54.22.

The Comets’ Hayden McCauley (100 butterfly) and Ryan McCauley (100 breaststroke) took home third places.

Grossmont leads team scoring in the women’s meet after two days with 666 points, followed in order by Mesa (458 points), Palomar (417) and Southwestern (260). Mesa is first in the men’s meet with 640 points, followed in order by Grossmont (533 points), the Comets (505) and Southwestern (218).


PC women place first in 400 medley relay

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2016) – Palomar’s Michelle Jacob, Lucy Gates, Paulina DeHaan and Kendyl Mundt won the women’s 400-yard medley relay in 4:09.52 on the first day of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving championships on Thursday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

They defeated Grossmont, the second-place finisher in the event, by 7.90 seconds. It was the Comets’ only finals victory of the day.

Palomar's men's 400 medley relay team of Neal Gorman, Nick Hendricks, Ryan McCauley and Andrew Bertotti swam a 3:36.06 in finishing second behind a Mesa foursome that set a new meet record of 3:26.86.

In the top photo, Palomar's Ryan McCauley wins the 100 breaststroke vs. Grossmont on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool in 1:13.77.  Directly above: Lucy Gates wins the women's 200 breastroke in 2:42.20. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC men win win big; Women lose by one point

SAN MARCOS (4-08-2016) -- The Palomar men's swim team won big over Grossmont in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference meet on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool, dunking the Griffins 174-20.

For the women's team, it was another story. The Comets more than held their own in the swimming events, but the G-House came away with a one-point win 144-143 thanks to sweeps in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

Palomar does not have any divers.

Ryan McCauley swam to three individual-race victories for the men's squad, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.71, the 100 buttterfly in 54.67 and the 200 individual medley in 2:04.78.

Distance ace Andrew Bertotti won the 1,000 freestyle and 500 freestyle for the Comets. Nick Hendricks placed first in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.38 and Neil Gorman was a winner in the 100 and 200 backstroke races. Hadyden McCauley (200 butterfly) and Mark Morin (50 free) also were individual winners.

Palomar also won the 200 medley relay (Gorman, Ryan McCauley, Hendricks and Bertotti) and 200 freestyle relay (Morin, Paul Schaner, Bertotti and Gorman), which helped the Comets withstand sweeps by Grossmont of both diving events. The PC men's squad also does not have any divers.

In the women's meet, Michelle Jacob was a triple winner for the Comets in individual races. She placed first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:03.32), the 200 backstroke (2:20.56) and the 200 IM (2:19.28). Lucy Gates had double wins in the 100 and 200 IM events. Kendyl Mndt won the 200 butterfly. Paulina DeHann captured the 100 butterfly.

Palomar also swam to victories in both the 200 medley relay (Jacob, DeHaan, Gates and Morgan Brown) and the 200 freestyle relay (Brown, Alice Pecoraro, DeHaan and Mundt).

Jacob, Mundt, Gates win 7 races between them

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (3-12-2016) -- Palomar swimmers Michelle Jacob, Kendyl Mundt (left) and Lucy Gates (right) combined to win seven events between them at the Chaffey Invitational that concluded a two-day run on Saturday.

Their performance led the Comets' women's team to third place in a 12-team field with 502 points. Riverside City College won with 698 points and Mt. SAC was second with 517.5. Trailing the Comets, in order, were Grossmont with 361, San Diego Mesa 353, East Los angeles 295, Chaffey 234.5, Rio Hondo 162, Southwestern 123, El Camino 108, Los Angles Trade Tech 14 and Santa Ana 0.

Palomar's men's team placed third out of 11 teams. Riverside also won the men's meet with 834 points, with Mesa second with 631 and the Comets third with 530. Palomar was followed by Grossmont with325.5, Chaffey 298, Mt. SAC 230.5, El Camino 213, Southwestern 164, Rio Hondo 159, L.A. Trade Tech 90 and Santa Ana 12.

Jacob was a triple winner in the women's meet (400-yard individual medley in 4:58.47, 100 breaststroke in 1:13.14 and 200 IM in 2:18.62. She also fiished second in the 200 backstroke, totaling 77 of the Comets' 502 team points.

Mundt won the 100 butterfly in 1:05.16 and the 200 butterfly with a 2:28.88. Gates placed first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:44.87. Palomar's other top-three placewinners were Carley Woods (second in the 200 breaststroke) and Morgan Brown (third in the 200 butterfly).

Neil Gorman took two second places for the PC men, in the 100 and 200 backstroke races. Ryan McCauley was second in the 200 breaststroke and third in the 200 IM. Nick Hendricks took third n the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

Jacob, PC women turn back SD Mesa 149-99

SAN DIEGO (3-04-2016) -- Freshman Michelle Jacob out of La Costa Canyon High School was dominant on Friday as she led visiting Palomar to a 149-99 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference dual meet victory over San Diego Mesa.

Jacob won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.34, the 200 backstroke in 2:21.49, and the 200 individual medley in 2:20.49. She also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay team.

Double individual winners for the Comets were Lucy Gates (1,000 freestyle in 12:11.93 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:50.5) and Paulina DeHaan (100 backstroke in 1:05.67 and the 100 butterfly in 1:03.23). Kendyl Mundt placed first in the 200 butterfly in 2:27.10 and Dallas Fatseas won the 500 freestyle in 6:07.42.

DeHaan, Morgan Brown and Mundt joined Jacob on the first-place medley relay team. Brown, Gates, DeHaan and Mundt won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:48.19.

Mesa won the men's meet 180-97 despite wins by the Comets' Andrew Bertotti (10:44.50 in the 1,000 freestyle), Hayden McCauley (1:01.97 in the 100 breaststroke), Nick Hendricks (2:20.17 in the 200 breaststroke) and Ryan McCauley (2:09.09 in the 200 IM).

Palomar is 2-0 in dual meets.

ABOVE RIGHT: Michelle Jacobs is pictured in a file picture from earlier in the season. -- File photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar's Ryan McCauley swims to victory in the men's 1000-yard freestyle on Friday against Southwestern. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar sweeps Southwestern in dual opener

SAN MARCOS (2-19-2016) -- Palomar's men's and women's swimming teams swept to a pair of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victories over Southwestern to open the 2016 dual meet season on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The men won 173-78. The women's team defeated the Jaguars 140.50 to 86.50.

Palomar men 173, Southwestern 78: Three Comets were double winners in individual races, Neal Gorman (100-yard freestyle in 51.05, 100 individual medley in 1:02.94), Travis Lane (50 backstroke in 29.26, 100 breaststroke in 1:06.16) and Mark Morin (50 freestyle in 22.75, 100 backstroke in 1:00.50).

Gorman also swam the leadoff leg in the 200 medley relay, which he and teammates Eli Foley, Zach Friedrichs and Zach Wagonis won in 1:51.18.

Other winners for Palomar were Ryan McCauley (1000 freestyle in 10:50.58), Nick Hendricks (50 breaststroke in 29:10), Hayden McCauley (500 freestyle in 5:28.05) and the 200 freestyle relay team (won by Ryan McCauley, Quintin Meyers, Tim Sheehy and Kipper Schmidt in 1:39.64.

Palomar women 140.50, Southwestern 86.50: Michelle Jacob was a triple winner for the women's squad, racing to first places in the 50 backstroke (30.41), the 100 breaststroke (1:13.54) and the 100 IM (1:05.35).

The Comets also had three double winners, Lucy Gates (1000 freestyle in 12:22.98, 50 breaststroke in 35.22), Morgan Brown (100 butterfly in 1:08.39, 100 freestyle in 1:00.83) and Paulina DeHaan (100 backstroke in 1:06.40, 50 butterfly in 29.31). Morgan Hage was the other Palomar individual winner, swiming the 500 freestyle in 6:25.77.

The Comets also won the 200 medley relay (Brown, Hage, Carley Woods and Dallas Fatseas in 2:07.90) and the 200 freestyle relay (Kendyl Mundt, Kylie Slater, Gates and DeHaan in 1:53.49).

Palomar's Michelle Jacob fires out from the blocks in the Women's Pentathlon backstroke at the Waterman Invitational last Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool. Jacob finished second out of 101 entries in the Pentathlon. The Comets' men's team brought home a championship in the two-day meet that concluded Saturday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Jacob 2nd in pentathlon; PC wins men's title

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016 / 2-06-2016) -- Palomar's Michelle Jacob made a major splash to begin the community college swimming season, finishing second out of 101 entries in the Women's Pentathlon that began the two-day Waterman Festival at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Jacob finished with an aggregate 3:06.01 time in the event, which includes the 50-yard butterfly, 50 backstroke, 50 breaststroke, 50 freestyle and 100 individual medley. Riverside City College's Emily Martin won the Pentathlon in 3:03.42.

Jacob also had a big performance in the individual and relay events on the second day of the meet on Saturday, winning the 100-yard backsroke in 1:04.05 and the 200 IM in 2:23.01 and swimming legs on the Comets' winning 200 medley relay, 350 backstroke and 100 Iron Woman relay teams.

The Palomar men's team, meanwhile, won the team competition, scoring 722 points, and was followed by San Diego Mesa (531), Chaffey (417) and Cerritos (410).

In women's team scoring, Cerritos won with 637 points, followed by Chaffey (565), the Comets (469) and Mesa (349).

Palomar teammate Morgan Brown swam an aggregate 3:11.57 to finish just behind Jacob in the Women's Pentathlon in third place. Paulina DeHaan finished ninth for Palomar and Lucy Gates was 14th.

In the Men's Pentathlon, Palomar's Ryan McCauley finished fourth with an aggregate 2:40.32 time in competition won by RCC's Maxence Bouvier in 2:31.58. The Comets' Neal Gorman was 10th.

Individual winners on Saturday for the Comets, along with Jacob, were Paulina DeHaan (1:06.13 in the women's 100 butterfly), Casey Woods (1:18.20 in the women's 100 breaststroke), McCauley (4:32.13 in the men's 400 IM) and Andrew Berlotti (11:17.75 in the men's 1,000 freestyle).

Palomar's other relay winners on Saturday were the women's 350 butterfly team, the women's 350 breaststroke team, the men's 350 breaststroke team, the women's 200 under/over medley team, the mixed 300 coed freestyle team, the women's 400 freestyle team and the men's 400 freestyle team.

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