2014 Season ...
Houston, Dean, Becerra win for
Comets at RCC
Palomar's Andrew Houston, Evan Dean
and Max Becerra swam to victories in
a non-scoring non-conference dual
meet against Riverside City College
Houston won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.47
in the meet at Riverside City College's
Riverside Aquatic Center.
Dean placed first in the 50 freestyle with a
Becerra won the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.27.
Danny Hartl (1650 freestyle, 500 free and 500
free) and Jaden Smithers (200 individual medley,
200 backstroke, 40 IM) each brought home three
second places for the Comets.
Palomar's Rich Farley captured second place
finishes in the 200 freestyle and the 100 free.
The Palomar women's team got one second place
against RCC, from Kelly Harris in the 50
PICTURED ABOVE: Evan Dean
Farley, Becerra get double wins but
MARCOS (3-14-2014) -- Grossmont
overcame double victories by Rich
Farley and Max Becerra to turn back
Palomar's men's team 187-103 in a
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
swimming & diving meet on Friday at
Wallace Memorial Pool.
Farley won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.20 and
the 500 free in 5:02.45. Becerra placedfirst in
the breaststroke in 1:05.37 and the 200 breast
Danny Hartl (10:26.88 in the 1000 freestyle) and
the 200 freestyle relay team (1:31.23) were the
Comets' other winners.
Grossmont swept to victory in every event to
down the Palomar women's team 210-53.
Palomar's men and women both are 1-1 in the
Comets take two lopsided victories
MARCOS (3-12-2014) --
Palomar's men's and women's
swimming teams both had their way with Southwestern in both
teams' Pacific Coast Athletic Conferencepener on Wednesday
at Wallace Memorial Pool.
Danny Hartl, Ryan Smethurst, Jordan
Smithers and Joe Cain all swam to double individual
victories as the Comets' men's team won 195-49.
Kelly Harris' triple victory led
the way as the Palomar women downed the visitors 140-73.
Hartl won the 200-yard freestyle
with a 1:54.12 and the 200 butterfly in 2:18.96.2. He also
teamed with Andrew Houston, Josh Valdez and Kevin Clukey to
win the 200 medley relay in 1:53.96.
Smethurst won the 1,000 freestyle
(12:03.00) and 500 free (5:45.69). Smithers placed first in
the 100 backstroke (1:02.28) and the 200 individual medley
(2:12.07). And Cain won the 50 free in 23:33 and the 100
butterfly in 1:02.75.
Palomar's other winners in the
men's meet were Corey Meyers with a 1:15.59 in the 100
breaststroke, Rich Farley in the 100 free (50.15), Houston
in the 200 back (2:16.20), Max Bacerra in the 200 breast
(2:38.04) and Bacerra, Cain, Daniel Huk and Ryan Ssur in the
200 free relay (1:36.39).
Harris' triple individual victory
in the women's meet came in the 1,000 freestyle in 12:38.65,
the 100 fly (1:13.79) and the 50 fly (33.65). She also
combined with Lauren Wimsatt, Ariana Lyons and Nikki
Prohaska to win the 200 medley relay with a 2:19.22.
Prohaska won the 100 breast (35.80)
and 50 free (30.09). Besides swimming on the winning medley
relay team, she teamed with Wimsatt, Emily Foltz and Natalie
Viecas to place first in the 200 freestyle relay (2:07.92).
The other women's double winners
were Foltz in the 200 free (2:30.78) and 100 free (1:07.82),
Wimstatt in the 50 back (34.86) and 100 back (1:16.87) and
Lyons in the 100 breast (1:26.23) and 100 IM (1:17.27).
Jadan Smithers (left), Nikki Prohaska (right)
Palomar men take fifth at Chaffey
RIVERSIDE (3-08-2014) --
Palomar's men's team placed fifth in an 11-team
field at the Chaffey Invitational swimming and
diving meet that concluded a two-day run on
Saturday at the Riverside City College Aquatic
The Comets scored 200 points. Mt. SAC won the
team championship with 487 points.
Rich Farley and Jaden Smithers each scored 38
points for Palomar.
Farley took fifth in the 200-yard freestyle in
1:47.67. Smithers was fifth in the 400
individual medley in 4:40.67, Danny Hartl fifth
in the 1650 freestyle in 17:40.91 and Evan Dean
fifth in the 50 freestyle in 22.50.
The PC women brought a partial tean and scored
PICTURED: Rich Farley
ABOVE: Palomar's Danny
Hartl (white hat) wins the 1000-yard
freestyle in 10:35.82. Grossmont's
Jason Ornelas (yellow cap) wound up
second with a 10:36.22. -- Photo by
Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT:
Nikki Prohaska, who swam the third
leg in the mixed 300 freestyle
relay. BELOW RIGHT:
Corey Meyers, who swam the fourth
leg in the same event
MARCOS (2-07-2013) -- Palomar swimmers brought
home two first places and three PC relay teams also won
as the Comets opened the season by hosting the two-day
Waterman Invitational that concluded Saturday at Wallace
The Comets' individual firsts came
in the men's 50-yard freestyle (won by Evan Dean, a freshman
from Vista High School, in 22.77) and 1000-yard freestyle
(won by Danny Hartl, a sophomore from Palm Springs High, in
10:35.82). Dean defeated runner-up Marlon Moreno of
Cerritos, while Hartl defeated runner-up Jason Ornelas from
Palomar's Daniel Huk, Dean and Rich
Farley won the men's 350 freestyle relay in 3:03.55 over
The Comets' Andrew Houston, Max
Becerra, Joe Cain and Huk placed first in the 200
under/over medley relay with a 2:04.58, also beating
And Palomar also captured the mixed
300 freestyle relay in 2:38.08 by 5.26 seconds over
runner-up Chaffey. Kelly Harris, Dean, Nikki Prohaska, Corey
Meyers, Casey Reid and Farley swam for the Comets.
Palomar took home second- and
third-places in the women's 50 freestyle (Harris, second
with a 27.63), the men's 400 individual medley (Jadan
Smithers, third in 4:42.50), the men's 1000 freestyle
(Farley with an 11:20.14), the men's 350 backstroke relay
(3:48.68), the women's 350 freestyle relay (3:56.31) and the
men's 350 freestyle relay (3:56.31).
Palomar's men placed second in the
meet. Cerritos won with 749 points, followed by Grossmont
(691), the Comets (505.50) and Chaffey (363.50). The women
finished fourth. Chaffey won with 786 points, followed by
Mesa (517), Cerritos (495) and
the Comets (185).
Nikki Prohaska (left), Corey Meyers (right)
6 more aquatics
athletes transfer to 4-year level
/ ARKADELPHIA, Arkansas / LA VERNE /
BOURBONNAIS, Illinois (8-20-2013) --
Six more men's and
women's swimmers / water polo
players are also moving on to
compete at the four-year college
level, joining Rhett Turvey, the
state's leading 2012 water polo
scorer who committed earlier to
Concordia University of Irvine.
The additional swimmers / water polo
players who are moving on are Wyatt
Woodward (left) and Kevin Reichel
(right), who both
are joining Turvey at Concordia;
Neil Fogel and Masaki Onoue, who
both will join another ex-Comet,
Kody Moffitt, at Ouachita Baptist
University in Arkadelphia, AR;
former PCAC Women's Swimmer of the
Year Melanie Consiglio to La Verne;
and Laura Bryant to Olivet Nazarene
University in Bourbonnais, IL.
Woodward came to Palomar from Palm
Springs High School; Reichel from
Fallbrook High; Fogel from Palma
High in Salinas and Onoue from
Kyusya High School in Fakuda, Japan.
Consigio came to Palomar from El
Camino High School, Bryant from
This brings the list of Palomar athletes
in all sports moving
on to the four-year level to 45.
2013 Season ...
Palomar's men swim to second in
PARK (4-27-2013) --
Led by Wyatt Woodward (left) and
Neil Fogel, Palomar took home a
second-place team finish for the
second straight year in the men's
portion of the three-day CCCAA
Swimming & Diving Championships at
East Los Angeles College Swim
Golden West won the men's title with 430 points, with
the Comets second with 325 points and Diablo Valley
third with 313 points in the 34-team field.
Woodward finished second in the 200-yard backstroke in
1:51.43 and Fogel was second in the 1650 freestyle in
16:00.56 as the Comets moved up from third place after
Day 2 to finish second in
team scoring for the second straight season.
Also on the final day, Geoff Jameson swam a 46.52 to
finish fifth in the 100 freestyle.
And the Palomar men's 400 freestyle relay team placed
fourth with Fogel, Onoue, David Smithers and Geoff
Jameson swimming 3:07.50.
Kylie Brown placed third in the 100 backstroke with a
58:13 on the final day to led Palomar to a 20th-place
finish with 45 points. Golden West also won the women's
team title, scoring 445 points.
Palomar's Scott Lawson was named state Men's Coach of
Fogel, Woodward are PCAC Athletes of
SAN DIEGO (4-30-2013) --
Palomar swimmers Neil Fogel
(left) and Wyatt Woodward (right) have been
selected as Pacific Coast Conference
Men's Athletes of the Week for all
Fogel, a freshman from Palma High
School in Salinas and a transfer
from the University of San Diego,
and Woodward, a sophomore from Palm
Springs High, helped lead the
Comets' men's team to second behind
champion Golden West in the CCCAA
Swimming and Diving Championships at
East Los Angeles College Swim
Fogel placed second in the state to
Golden West's Ian Wheeler in the
1650-yard freestyle, swimming a
16:00.56, and to second to Diablo
Valley's Monty Randall in the 100
butterfly, swimming a 50.56.
Fogel also placed fourth in the 500
freestyle in 4:32.56. And he was a
member of Palomar teams that
finished second in the 800 freestyle
relay, fourth in the 400 freestyle
relay and fifth in the 200 freestyle
Woodward, who also was a member of
the 2012 Palomar team that also
finished second in the state, also
brought home a pair of state
runner-up finishes. He was second to
Ventura's Henry Chung in the 200
backstroke, swimming a 1:51.43, and
placed second behind Modesto's Tim
Richard in the 200 individual
medley, swimming a 1:52.10.
Woodward also took home an eighth
place in the 200 freestyle with a
1:43.40. In addition, he helped the
Comets to a second place in the 800
freestyle relay and a second in the
200 medley relay, a fifth in the 200
freestyle relay and a sixth in the
400 medley relay.
Comets still in 3rd entering
final day at state
(4-26-2013) -- Palomar remained in
third place in men's team scoring in the CCCAA
Swimming & Diving Championships after Saturday's
second day at East Los Angeles College Swim
Golden West enters Saturday's third and final
day with 272 points. Cuesta has 233 points and
Palomar has 227 points.
Neil Fogel brought home a second place for the
Comets in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming a
Palomar also took second in the 200 medley relay
(David Smithers, Wyatt Woodward, Fogel and Geoff
Jameson in 1:33.98) and 800 freestyle relay (Fogel,
Misaki Onoue, Jameson and Woodward in 6:46.33).
Onoue finished fourth in the 400
individual medley with a 4:07.49. Woodward
was eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:43.40.
In the women's meet, the Comets' Kylie Brown
placed fourth in the 50 backstroke with a 27.43
and was fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:56.22
Palomar 3rd after first day
in CCCAA State Finals
Palomar in third place in
state meet after Day 1
PARK (4-25-2013) -- Coming off a
second-place state finish last season, Palomar
started out with a strong performance in the
2013 CCCAA State Men's Swimming & Diving
Championships on Thursday.
Led by a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley by
Wyatt Woodward (left), coach Jem McAdams' Comets are third
out of 22 scoring teams after the first of three days of
competition at East Los Angeles College.
Woodward swam a 1:52.10 in the IM to finish behind only
Modesto's Tim Richard, who had a 1:49.04.
Golden West leads with 144 points after the first day, with
Cuesta second with 118 points and the Comets third with 109.
Ventura (97) and Orange Coast are fourth and fifth, while
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Grossmont is
ninth with 50 points.
Palomar's Neil Fogel placed fourth in 4:32.56 and Misaki
Onoue was seventh at 4:38.39 in the 500 freestyle.
Geoff Jameson, Fogel, David Smithers and Woodward swam a
1:24.54 to take fifth in the 200 freestyle relay. Smithers,
Onoue, Woodward and Jameson finished sixth in the 400 medley
relay with a 3:30.20.
Jameson swam to an eighth place in the 50 freestyle with a
Golden West has 146 points to lead the women's meet over
second-place Diablo Valley (125). Palomar was scoreless
after Day 1.
PC's men's 400 free team
finishes with record
MARCOS (4-20-2013) --
Palomar's men's 400-yard relay team
of Neil Fogel, Wyatt Woodward
(left), Misaki Onoue and Geoff
Jameson set a meet record of 3:07.63
in the final event of the three-day
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
swimming championships on Saturday.
Fogel, Woodward, Onoue and Jameson
broke the mark of 3:07.85 set by
Palomar in 2012.
Woodward, Onoue and Kylie Brown, of
the Comets' women's team, won
individual events Saturday to cap
off outstanding performances in the
meet. Woodward captured gold in the
200 backstroke in 1:55.25, Onoue won
the 1650 freestyle in 16:28.84 and
Brown won the 100 free in 54.35.
Grossmont (1,018 points) and
Palomar (653) placed 1-2 in men's
team scoring. San Diego Mesa (591)
and Southwestern(436) inished third
and forth. In the women's meet, Mesa
won with 997 points, followed by
Grossmont (783), the Comets (427)
and Southwestern (408).
Brown, Woodward pick up where they
MARCOS (4-19-2013) -- Palomar's Kyle Brown
(left) and Wyatt Woodward (right) picked up where
they left off after Day 1 on the second day of the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming
Championships on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool.
Brown won both the women's 50-yard butterfly in 27.1
and the 200 freestyle in 1:56.20 to go along with
her meet record time of 59.65 in the 100 backstroke
leg of the 200 medley relay on Thursday.
Woodward, who set a meet mark of 1:54.16 in winning
the men's 200 individual medley on Thursday, came
back Friday to win the 200 freestyle in 1:43.12,
easily defeating Grossmont's Joe Converse (1:49.20)
in second place.
Woodward also teamed with Neil Fogel, Misaki Onoue
and David Smithers to win the 800 freestyle relay in
Other Friday winners for the Palomar men's team were
Onoue with a 4:11.16 in the 400 IM and Fogel with a
52.24 i the 100 butterfly.
The meet concludes Saturday at Wallace Memorial
Pool, beginning at 9 a.m.
Woodward, Brown set marks on 1st day
MARCOS (4-18-2013 --