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2014 Season ...

Houston, Dean, Becerra win for Comets at RCC

RIVERSIDE (4-04-2014) -- Palomar's Andrew Houston, Evan Dean and Max Becerra swam to victories in a non-scoring non-conference dual meet against Riverside City College on Friday.

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 22.58.

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 freestyle.

PICTURED ABOVE: Evan Dean

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Farley, Becerra get double wins but PC loses

SAN 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 in 2:25.15.

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 PCAC.

Comets take two lopsided victories over Jags

SAN 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).

PICTURED ABOVE: Jadan Smithers (left), Nikki Prohaska (right)

Palomar men take fifth at Chaffey Individual

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 Center.

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 seven points.

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

Hartl, Dean, three relay teams bring home firsts

SAN 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 Memorial Pool.

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 Grossmont.

Palomar's Daniel Huk, Dean and Rich Farley won the men's 350 freestyle relay in 3:03.55 over second-place Grossmont.

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 second-place Grossmont.

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).

PICTURED ABOVE: Nikki Prohaska (left), Corey Meyers (right)

Off-Season ...

6 more aquatics athletes transfer to 4-year level

IRVINE / 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 Escondido Charter.

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 state again

MONTEREY 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 Stadium.

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 the Year.

Fogel, Woodward are PCAC Athletes of Week

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 sports.

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 Stadium.

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 relay.

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

CCCAAMONTEREY PARK (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 Stadium.

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 50.56.

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

MONTEREY 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 21.85.

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

SAN 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 left off

SAN 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 6:59.55.

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 of finals

SAN MARCOS (4-18-2013 -- Palomar's Wyatt Woodward (left) and Kylie Brown (right) set set new meet records on Thursday on the first day of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving finals being hosted by the Comets at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Woodward swam a 1:54.16 to win the men's 200-yard individual medley. That broke the meet mark of 1:54.38 by Palomar's Kody Moffatt in the 2012 meet.

Brown, swimming in the women's 400 medley relay, clocked a 59.65, breaking the meet 100 backstroke record of 1:00.83 by Grossmont's Riley Peterman, also in 2012.

After the first of three days, Grossmont leads the men's meet with 302 points, Palomar is second with 203 points, followed by San Diego Mesa with 197 and Suthwestern with 130.

Helped along by a strong performance in last week's diving portion of the meet, Mesa leads the women's meet with 305 points, followed by Grossmont (150), Palomar (124) and Southwestern (114).

The meet continues Friday and concludes Saturday

Comets drop a close one at Riverside 136-134

RIVERSIDE (4-05-2013) -- Misaki Onoue, Wyatt Woodward and Andrew Martis swam to double victories on Friday, but visiting the Palomar men's team fell two points short in a 136-134 non-conference loss to Riverside City College.

Onoue (left, file photo from 2012 season by Hugh Cox) won the 1650-yard freestyle, touching out RCC's Nathan Diaz by 0.09 seconds. He also swam a 4:21.19 to edge Woodward (4:22.85) in the 400 individual medley.

Woodward brought home victories in the 200 freestyle in 1:45.29 and the 200 backstroke in 1:57.93.

Martis captured first places in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.47) and 200 breaststroke (2:33.87).

The Palomar men also got wins from Geoff Jameson at 48.89 in the 100 freestyle and Neil Fogel at 4:57.99 in the 500 freestyle.

David Smithers, Onoue, fogel and Jameson won the 200 medley relay in 1:40.67. Jameson, Fogel, Smithers and Woodwards swam to a first place in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:28.50.

The Tigers swam to a 172-72 victory in the women's meet. The Comets won two events -- the 500 freestyle (Michelle Thornbury in 5:51.13) and the 50 butterfly (Kylie Brown in 29:51).

PC sweeps Jaguars behind Onoue, Fogel, Brown

SAN MARCOS (3-19-2013) -- Misaki Onoue, Neil Fogel and Kylie Brown each swam to triple wins in individual events on Wednesday as Palomar won both the men's and women's meets against Southwestern at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The men's team won 170-87 and the women recorded their first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory 140-128.

In the men's meet, Onoue won the1000-yard freestyle in 9:57.38, the 200  butterfly in 2:26.38 and the 500 freestyle in 5:33.64 and Fogel swept to victories in the 100 backstroke (58.88), 200 backstroke (2:11.61) and 100 butterfly (58.92).

In the women's meet, Brown took the 200 freestyle in 2:15.16, the 100 freestyle in 59.42 and the 50 butterfly with a 29.66.

Palomar's other men's winners were David Smithers (1:56.54 in the 200 freestyle), Wyatt Woodward (2:14.13 in the 100 individual medley) and both the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relay teams.

Also winning for Comets' women's team: Casey Reid (34.23 in the 50 backstroke), Ariana Lyons (37.31 in the 50 breaststroke) Yuki Hata (1:08.26 in the 200 butterfly, Michelle Thornbury (1:15.43 in the 100 backstroke) and the 200 medley relay team.

The Palomar men advanced to 2-1. The women are 1-2.

ABOVE: Palomar's Misaki Onouie wins the 200-yard butterfly in 2:26.38. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Onoue, Woodward, Brown take triple wins

SAN DIEGO (3-15-2013) -- Misaki Onoue, Wyatt Woodward and Kylie Brown (left) each recorded triple victories on Friday, but Palomar dropped Pacific Coast Conference swim meets to host Grossmont at the Joan Kroc Center.

The Griffins used a combination of depth and a sweep of the diving points to win the men's meet 155-139 and the women's meet 196-83.

Onoue brought home  victories in the men's 1000-yard freestyle (9:53.90), the 200 breaststroke (2:12.16) and the 200 individual medley (2:01.03). Woodward won the men's 200 freestyle in 1:52.87, the 100 breaststroke in 59.49 and the 500 freestyle in 5:14.96.

Brown placed first in the women's 200 freestyle (2:01.50), the 500 freestyle (5:39.91) and the 50 butterfly (28.57).

Neil Fogel was a double winner for the men's team in the 200 and 100 butterfly events. Geoff Jamison won the 50 free and David Smithers took the 200 backstroke.

Palomar's men's team also took victories in the 200 medley relay and and 200 freestyle relay.

Yuki Hata (100 butterfly) and Marisa Iraheta (100 IM) also captured wins for the Palomar women.

Relay DQ costs PC; Woodward, Onoue triple

RIVERSIDE (3-09-2013) -- A relay disqualification cost Palomar's men's swimmers the team championship in the Chaffey Invitational meet that concluded a two-day run on Saturday at Riverside City College's Aquatics Complex. The Comets placed third with 555.5 points in an 11-team field.

Two Comets were triple winners in individual events -- Wyatt Woodward right) in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.42, the 200 free in 1:45.50 and the 200 backstroke in 2:02.80; and Masaki Onoue in the 200 individual medley in 2:00.12, the 400 IM  in 4:16.43 and the 1650 freestyle in 16:49,47.

The Palomar women placed eighth with 179 points.

ABOVE: Neil Fogel, one of three triple winners for Palomar's men's team, heads to victory in 176-107 PCAC win over visiting San Diego Mesa. BELOW: Kylie Brown wins the 100-yard backstroke in the women's meet. She was a double winner for the Comets. -- Photos by Deb Hellman

Three PC men triple in 176-107 win over Mesa

SAN MARCOS (3-01-2013) -- Wyatt Woodward, Neil Fogel and Misaki Onoue all swam to triple victories in individual events on Friday, leading Palomar's men's team to a 176-107 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference win over San Diego Mesa at Wallade Memorial Pool.

Woodward won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.01, the 100 freestyle in 49.72 and the 200 individual medley in 2:29.26.

Onoue won the 1,000 freestyle in 9:52.00, the 200 breaststroke in 2:25.84 and the 500 freestyle in 4:51.81.

Other individual-event winners for the Comets were Travis Lane in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.14) and David Smithers in the 200 backstroke (2:10.43).

Palomar also won the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.

SD Mesa Women 223, Palomar Women 59 -- Kylie Brown brought home a double win on Friday in a PCAC women's swim meet against San Diego Mesa at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Brown won the 100-yard backstroke in 1:04.51 and the 500 freestyle in 6:03.42.

ABOVE: Palomar's Clark Heckman wins a heat of the 100 individual medley during the men's Pentathlon at the Waterman Festival on Friday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Men's pentathlon winner Wyatt Woodward

Comets' Woodward, Fogel 1-2 in pentathlon

SAN MARCOS (2-08-2013 / 2-09-2013) -- Palomar's Wyatt Woodward (left, 2:38.50) and Neil Fogel (2:43.11) went 1-2 in the men's pentathlon at the non-scoring Waterman Festival to begin the two-day meet on Friday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Misaki Onoue finished eighth out of 74 competitors from eight colleges.

The Comets' Kylie Brown placed third in the women's pentathlon with a 3:06.79. Katherine Gabayeron from Cerritos won at 3:05.94.

Onoue won the men's 400 individual medley in 4:13.82 and the 1000 freestyle in 10:03.86 on the second day of the competition on Saturday. Woodward captured the 100 backsroke in 58.74.

Palomar's men also won the 200 medley relay, 350 butterfly relay, 350 backstroke relay, 350 breaststroke relay 200 under/over relay and 600 iron man relay events.

Palomar's men's team placed third. The women finished fourth.

 2012 Season ...

Palomar's Jem McAdams, who also coaches the Comets' women's team (above), has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Coach of;the Year for all men's sports for 2011-2012. He guided the men's team to second in the state meet behind Santa Rosa.-- Photo by Deb Hellman

PCAC names McAdams top coach for all sports

PALM SPRINGS (5-8-2012) -- Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Athletic Directors selected Palomar head swimming & diving coach Jem McAdams as the conference's Coach of the Year for all 2011-12 men's sports on Tuesday.

McAdams coached the Comets to the PCAC team title -- then to second behind Santa Rosa in the CCCAA State Championships at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium. Besides coaching both the Palomar men and women (who were eigth), he also was meet director of both events.

The Athletic Directors voted in McAdams at the final 2011-012 PCAC meeting at the Hyatt Regency Suites where all Southern California community college conferences gathered on Monday and Tuesday for their final individual conference and joint meetings. It was for all sports offered by All-PCAC colleges. Baseball coach Buck Taylor was the last Palomar  men's winner, in 2008-09.

Sophomore Kody Moffatt places second  in the 200 individual medley at the state community college meet. Moffatt also anchored Palomar to first place in the 800 freestyle relay, helping lead the Comets' men's team to a second-place team finish behind Santa Rosa. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Men 2nd to Santa Rosa in state; women 8th

MONTEREY PARK (4-26-2012 / 4-27-2012 / 4-18/-012 -- Palomar's men's team swam to a second-place finish in the CCCAA State Community College Championships that concluded a three-day run on Saturday at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium.

Led by a first-place finish by their 800-yard freestyle relay team, the Comets overwhelmed four-tine defending state champion Orange Coast, which finished third, fourth-place finisher Ventura and fifth-place Grossmont among 34 scoring men's teams.

Santa Rosa won the state championship with 602 points. The Comets scored 408 points,m Orange Coast 283, Ventura 276 and Grossmont 266. Santa Monica, Diablo Valley, Golden West and Cuesta placed seventhh-through-ninth, respectively. Riverside City College, Foothill and West Valley tied for 10th.

Palomar's women's team finished eighth with 196 points. Orange Coast won the women's meet with 431.5 points, followed by Diablo Valley, Ventura, Shasta, Riverside and Santa Rosa. Santa Monica and Cypress finished ninth and 10th. Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion San Diego Mesa was 11th in a 34-team field.

MEN'S STATE FINALS

Kody Moffatt, who led the Comets to the PCAC championship, also provided the biggest impetus to Palomar's second-place state team finish.

Moffatt anchored the winning 800 free relay team, which also included Kevin Reichel, Misaki Onoue and Wyatt Woodward on the first three legs. The Comets were timed in 6:47.66 in defeating runner-up Santa Monica, which filnished in 6:49.51. It was the only men's relay event that Santa Rosa, which won the other four relays, didn't win.

Moffatt placed second in the 200 individual medley, swimming a 1:55.31 in finishing behind event winner Jef lum of Santa ;Monica 1:49.43). Moffatt was fourth in the 100 freestyle in 48.30.

Moffatt anhored the 200 free relay team to a near-upset of Santa Rosa. The Comets swam 1:23.60. Thomas, Chaffin Blake and Reichel swam the first three legs.

Moffatt helped the 400 medley relay team to third place in 3:27.48, anchored the 400 free relay team to fourth in 3:05.69. Rcichel, Blake and Thomas swam the other three legs in the 400 medley relay. Thomas, Reichel and Blake swam the first three legs in the 400 free event.

Also for the Comets, David Betts finished third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:05.93, with Blake sixth with a 2:10.60. Misaki Onoue was fourth in the 400 IM with a 4:17.29 and sixth in the 500 ree in 4:44.20. Liam Acosta swcored 223.95 points to finish seventh in 1-meter diving. Woodward swam to an eighth place in the 200 backstroke in 1:58.96.

WOMEN'S STATE FINALS

Kyle Brown, the PCAC Swimmer of the Year, had the best finish for the Comets, a fourth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:55.30.

Charlie Warburton swam a 1:00.60 to take fifth in the 100 backstroke and a 28.39 to place fifth in the 50 backstroke.

Laura Bryant finished seventh in the 400 freestyle with a 5:12.13.

Melanie Consiglio, Kristen Maples, Bryant and Brown turned in the best relay finish for Palomar, a sixth in the 400 free event in 3:40.63.

Warburton, Maples,Kimi Walters and Consiglio were seventh in the 200 medley relay at 1:52.59. Consiglio, Maplles, Warburton and Brown placed seventh in the  200 free relay in 1:41.47.

Warburton, Walters, Brown and Consiglio finished eighth in the 400 medley relay with a 4:10.77

ABOVE: Coach Jem McAdams congratulates Palomar freshman Kylie Brown, who was named the PCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year at the conclusion of the three-day conference championships. MIDDLE PHOTO: The Comets' winning 400-yard freestyle relay team, which set a meet record on the final day of the meet Saturday. -- Photos by Deb Hellman. BELOW: Kody Moffatt, who had another big day Saturday and led the Palomar men to the meet championship

Men win conference meet while women are 2nd

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2012) -- Palomar's men's team won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference swimming & diving finals on Saturday, concluding the three-day meet it hosted at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comets scored 937 points and were followedin team scoring by second-place Grossmont (910), San Diego Mesa (615) and Soutwestern (279)..

Palomar's women scored 808 points to finish second to Mesa (850). Grossmont (800) and Southwestern (238) trailed.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Kody Moffatt, who later was selected as PCAC, Co-Athlete of the Week, led off the Palomar 400-yard relay team that set a meet record of 3:07.85. Drew Thomas, Chaffin Blake and Kevin Reichel swam the last three legs.

Moffatt also won the 100 freestyle in 46.78, defeating teammates Thomas in third and Brian Penney in fourth. For  the meet, Moffatt won two individual events, was second in another, set one individual record and was part of three record-setting relay performances.

Reichel won the 200 butterfly with a 1:57.91. Teammate Rhett Turvey placed second in 1:59.42.

Also for the Comets, Neil Fogel, Misaki Onoue and Joe Breda finished 2-3-4 in the 1650 free. Wyatt Woodward finished second in the 200 backstroke.

Palomar's Scott Lawson was named Men's Coach of the Year in the conference.

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Palomar's Kylie Brown was the PCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year and later was named conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

On Saturday, Brown anchored the Comets' 400-yard freesthyle relay team -- which also included Melanie Consiglio, Laura Bryant and Kristen Maples -- to first place in a meet-record timm of 3:41.34.

Brown also won the 100 100 freestyle in 54.15 with teammates Clonsiglio and Maples taking 2-3 in the event.

Also for Palomar, Laura Bryant won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.09. Charlie Warburton was third in the 100 backstroke.

 Men in 1st, women in 2nd after Day 2; Marks fall

SAN MARCOS (4-20-2012) -- Palomar's men's team is in first place and the women are second after the first two days of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championships at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Comet men lead second-place Grossmont 635-621 after Friday's second day of competition. San Diego Mesa (466) and Southwestern (188) trail.

In the women's meet, Mesa leads Palomar 606-550. Grossmont is third with 542 points. Southwestern has 156 points.

Palomar broke three more meet recorsds, giving the Comets six conference records in the first two days.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Palomar's David Smithers, Andrew Thomas, Chaffin Blake and Wyatt Woodward set a meet record of 1:35.68 in winning the men's 200-yard medley relay. They broke the old mark of 1:35.84 set by Mesa in 2009.

The Comets' other victories on Day 2 came from Kevin Reichel (above left) with a 52:02 in the 100 butterfly and Thomas with a 58.00 in the 100 breaststroke,

Rhett Turvey finished second to Reichel in the 100 fly, while Blake and David Betts finished second and fourth, respectively, in back of Thomas in the 100 breast. Betts and Misaki Onoue finished 2-3 in the 400 individual medley. Kody Moffatt, Woodward, Brian Penney and Danny Hartl went 2-3-4-5 in the 200 free.

WOMEN''S CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Comet women broke two meet records. Kylie Brown swam a 26.86 in the 50 butterfly, bettering the old mark of 27.35 set by Marykay Foster of Mesa in 2010. And Kristen Maples, Melanie Consiglio, Laura Bryant and Brown set a new mark in the 800 free relay, swimming an 8:03.43. That time broke the old mark. of 8:07.66 set by Mesa in 2010.

Brown was a double individual winner. She also captured the 200 freestyle in 1:57.50.

Bryant won the 200 individual medley in 2:16.15, Charlie Warburton (above right) swam a 28.53 to win the 50 backstroke.and Warburton, Kimi Walters, Maples and Consiglio placed fist in the 200 medley relay with a 1:53.34.

ABOVE: Kody Moffatt celbrates after anchoring Palomar to a meet record in the 400-yard medley relay  in the PCAC Championships on Thursday. Moffatt had a part in three conference records on Day 1, also breaking the 200-yard individual record and anchoring the 200 free relay teamto a meet mark... BELOW: The Comets' Melanie Consiglio, last year's conference Women's Swimmer of the Year who is coming off a broken arm, is shown after repeating as conference 50 freestyle champion with a 25.49.  -- Photos by Hugh Cox

P'mar men, women lead PCAC meet after Day 1

SAN MARCOS (4-19-2012) -- Kody Moffatt had a hand in three meet records on Thursday, and Palomar's men's and women's teams both jumped out to the lead after Day 1 of the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Swimming Championships being hosted by the Comets at Wallace Memorial Pool.

Moffatt broke the conference record in winning the 200-yard individual medley with a 1:54.38 and also anchored two record-setting relay teams as the Palomar men jumped out to a 275-268 lead over second-place Grossmont after one day. San Diego Mesa  (206) and Southwestern (76) trail.

Led by Melanie Consiglio, returning to form after swimming earlier  in the season with a broken arm, the Comets stunned dual-meet champion Mesa on the first day and lead the Olympians 253-244 entering Friday's second day. Grossmont is third with 226 points. Southwestern is fourth with 56 points.

MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Moffatt, a sophomore from Chaparral High School in Temelcula, broke Grossmont's Tom Bruce's conference record of 1:55.78, set in 2011, by 2.40 awxonsa.

 Moffatt also anchored both the 200 freestyle relay team andf 400 medley relay team to victories in respective meet record rimtes of 1:24.55 and 3:29.95

Drew Thomas, Chaffin Blake and Kevin Reichel swam the first  three legs in the 200 free relay. The old  conference record in the event was 1:25.84, set by Mesa in 2009.

In the 400 medley relay, Thomas, Blake and Reichel also swam the first thrst three legs. The old meet record in that event was 3:32.56, set by Palomar, also in 2009.

In winning the 200 IM, Moffatt defeated teammate Reichel in second place. Reichel was clocked in 1:1:57.00

Thomas swam a 21.48 to place first in the 50 freestyle for Palomar. Blake finished third in 23:63.

The Comnets' Misaki Onoue (4:43.85) and Neal Fogel (4:44.64) placed2-3  in the 500 free.

WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Consiglio, last year's PCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year who swam much of the 2012 season with a cast on her arm, swam a 25.49 towinthe 50 freestyle for the Comets. Teammate Charlie Warburton finished third in 25:95.

Consiglio, an El Camino High School product, also led off the 200 free relay team that placed first with a 1;41.47. Kristen Maples, Warburton and Kylie Brown swam the other three legs.

Palomar's Laura Bryant and Hannah Grant finished 1-3 i the 500 free. Bryant swam a 5:23.36. Grant was timed in 5:40.22.

 Comets' Acosta third in SoCal 3M diving finals

TORRANCE (4-13-2012) -- Palomar's Liam Acosta scored 238.20 points Thursday to place third behind winner Frank Grey from Cypress (247.25) and San Diego Mesa's Aaron Stinson (245.00) in the 3-meter finals of the Southern California Coimmunity College Diving Championships at El Camino College.

Acosta, who advances to the CCCAA state finals April 26-28 at East Los Angeles College, finished second to Stinson in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Acosta finished seventh in Southern Cal and second in the PCAC in the 1M finals.

All SoCal conferences' diving finals were held concurrently with the Southern Cal finals.,

 PC dominates unbeaten OEC champion RCC

RIVERSIDE (4-5-2012) -- Friday's men's swimming match-up between Palomar and host Riverside Community College, the unbeaten Orange Empire Conference dual meet champion, was non-scoring.

Good thing for the Tigers.

Palomar completely dominated RCC, a team that defeated four-time defending state community college champion Orange Coast earlier in the season.

Led by Kevin Reichel (left), Kody Moffatt (right) and Wyatt Woodward, who each swam to first places in two races, the Comets won 12 of 15 events against the Tigers.

In the non-scoiring women's meet, Palomar got a triple victory from Laura Bryant.

MEN -- Reichel (48.58) touched out Moffatt (48.76)  in the 100-yard freestyle, in one of the day's closest finishes.

Reichel also won the 100 backstroke with a 56.09, while Moffatt won the 200 free (1:46.29) and the 200 individual medley (2;00.99). Woodward finished first in the 50 free (22.29) and the 500 free (4:55.85).

The other individual winners for Palomar were Misaki Onoue (4:20.64 in the 400 IM), Neil Fogel (10:17.57 in the 1000 free), Andrew Thomas (1:01.34 in the 100 breast), David Smithers (2;05.64 in the 200 back) and Chaffin Blake (2:17.92 imn the 200 breast).

Smithers, Thomas, Blake and Woodward also won the 200 medley relay in 1:39.34.

WOMEN -- Bryant was a winner for the Comets in the 200 IM (2:19.78), the 100 fly (1:04.35) and the 100 breast (1:15.78).

The other Palomar winners were Kimi Walters (34.67 in the 50 breast), Melanie Consiglio (56.63 in the 100 free), Cristal Montiel(1:05.41 in the 100 free) and Charlie Waburton (1:05.55 in the 100 back).

ABOVE: Kevin Reichel wins the men's 200-yard butterfly in 2:02.99 for Palomar vs. Grossmont on Friday. BELOW: Laura Bryant looks behind her at other finishers in the women's 1000 freestyle, which she won for the Comets in 11:29.75. Bryant won three individual events and anchored the winning team in the 200 medley relay to lead the women's team to a 162-151 victory over the Griffins. -- Photos by Deb Hellman

Women's team wins as Comets, Griffins split

SAN MARCOS (3-30-2012) -- The Palomar women's and men's swimming & diving teams split Pacific Coast Athletic Conference meets with Grossmont on Friday afternoon at Wallace Memorial Pool.

The Palomar women defeated the Griffins 162-151 to finish their PCAC dual-meet season with a l2-1 record.

The men lost 157-141 and also finished 2-1.

WOMEN -- Laura Bryant won three individual eventsand led the Comets' winning 200-yard medley relay team. Bryant, Kimi Walters, Kristin Maples and anchor Melanie Consiglio) swam a 1:59.07 in the relay to give Palomar an early lead in team scoring over the Griffins. Grossmont was timed in 2:00.10.

In individual races, Bryant finished first in the 1000-yard freestyle in 11:29.75, the 100 butterfly in 1:03.73 and the 100 individual medley (1:05.65).

Kylie Brown and Charlie Warburton took double individual victories. Brown won the 200 IM in 11:29.75 and the 100 free in 57.10. Warburton took first places in the 50 back (29.60) and 100 back (1:04.23).

Consiglio won  the 50 free with a 26.21.

Brown, Maples, Warburton and Consiglio teamed to win the 200 free relay in 1:45.05.

MEN -- Palomar's Liam Acosta placed first in both the 1-meter (245.25 points) and 3-meter (213.85) diving events, while Kevin Reichel won the 100 butterfly in 2:02.99.

 Reichel also swam the third leg on the winning 200 free relay team. Andrew Thomas, Chaffin Blake, Reichel and Kyle Moffatt were timed in 1:27.36.

Thomas, David Betts and Misaki Onoue also captured individual victories for the Comets. Thomas won the 100 free in 49:09, Betts the 200 breast in 2:14.85 and Onoue the 500 free with a 4:47.29.

Palomar men rout Mesa, are 2-0 in conference

SAN DIEGO (3-16-2012) -- Palomar's men's swimming team went on the road and defeated San Diego Mesa 186-101 on Friday.

The Comets are now 2-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

The Comets' women's team lost to the Olympians 193-99.

Palomar (M) 186, SD Mesa 101 -- Kody Moffatt (left) won the 100-yard breaststroke for the Comets in 2:19.38, touching out teammate Blake Chaffin (2:19.58) as the pair combined with Kevin Seikkula to give the Comets a 1-2-3 finish.

Moffatt also won the 100 butterfly with a 55.33 and teamed with Chaffin, Kevin Reichel and Andrew Thomas for a first place in the 200 medley relay in 1:40.29. And he combined with Thomas, Chaffin and Wyatt Woodward to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:28.54.

Misaki Onoue and Woodard also were double winners for Palolmar in individual events. Onoue's first places came in the 1000 freestyle (10:18.53) and the 100 individual medley (2:02.94). Woodward won the 200 free (1:49.66 and the 100 free (50.02).

Palomar's other firsts came from Andrew Thomas (1;03.80 in the 1d00 breast)Rhett Turvey (2:06.85 in the 100 fly), Liam Acosta (2:55.45 in 1-meter diving) and Reichel (5:02.82 in the 500 free),

SD Mesa (W) 193, Palomar 89 -- Laura Bryant had a big day for the Comets in a loss to the favored Olympians. Bryant won the 200 IM in 2:19.23, the 100 fly in 1:03.36 and the 500 free in 1:28.32.

Palomar also got a win from Kylie Brown with a 2:03.19 in the 200 free.

Comets take second, third at Chaffey Invitational

RIVERSIDE (3-10-2012) -- Palomar's men's and women's swimming / diving teams both made statements at the Chaffey Invitational that on Friday and Saturday at Riverside Community College.

In a two-day meet moved to Riverside to take advantage of a larger pool, Palomar's men's team placed a strong secoind behind Grossmont, which was led by Michael Cohn who won five individual events and swam on four winning relay teams.

Cohn and the Griffins outscored the runner-up Comets for the eam title 840 points to 795, with Riverside Community College third with 685.5 points. RCC was coiming off an upset victory over four-time defending state community college champion Orange Coast on March 2.

Chaffey (494 points) finished  in fourth place, followed in a 10-team field by Mt. SAC with 400 points, San Diego Mesa 308, Fullerton 157.5, Southwestern 85, Los Angeles Trade Tech 21 and East Los Angeles 0.

Palomar finished third in the women's meet, trailing chapon Riverside (835.5 points) and Mesa (733). The Comets scored 512.5 points and were trailedl by Grossmont with 448, Chaffey 417, Mt. SAC 363.5, Fullerton 323.5, East Los Angeles 122, Southwestern 16 and Los Angeles Trade Tech 4.

MEN'S MEET

Misaki Onoue (above), a freshman from Kyusyu High School in Fukuda, Japan, won two individual events for the Comets, the 400-yard individual medley in 4:16.49 and the 1650 freestyle in 16:51.9. He placed third in the 500 freestyle in 4:49.57 and was eighth in the 200 free.

Other big contributors for Palomar were Kody Moffatt, Andrew Thomas and Kevin Reichel.

lMoffatt placed second in the 200 free in 1:46.18, was fourth in the 200 IM in 2:01.81 and also placed in the 100 backstroke (fifth), 100 free (fifth) and 200 back (seventh). Thomas took two second places (at 21.95 in the 50 free and 1:00.64 in  the 100 breast) and two thirds (at 48.55 in the 100 free and 2:19.45 in the 200 breast). Reichel brought home third places in the 100 fly (55.61) and 200 back (2:04.60) and also had a fifth in the 200 fly, sixth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 100 back.

IMoffatt also anchored Palomar to first place in the 200 free relay in 1:27.57, teaming with Blake Chaffin, Thomas and Wyatt Woodward. The Comets took home two seconds in relay events(Moffatt, Reichel, Onoue and Chaffin in the 800 free in 7:16.56 and Woodward, Reichel, Chaffin and Moffatt in the 400 free in 3:13.89).

David Betts placed second in the 200 breaststroke.

WOMEN'S MEET

Laura Bryant and Kylie Brown each briought hom a first place, second place and third place in individual events.

Bryant won the 200 IM in 2:19.79,. defeating Mesa's highly-regard alina Duran who finished second in 2:19.89. Bryant also, took secoind in the 100 IM  in 1:04.84 and placed third in the 100 back with a 1:05.09. Brown won the 50 fly in 28.53, was second in the 100 free in 56.66 and finishedthird in the 100 IM with a 1:05.64.

Charlie Warburton swam a 29.;76 for second place in the 50 back. The Comets also took home thirds in the 200 free

ABOVE AND BELOW LEFT: Palomar's Misaki Onoue swims to first place in the men's 1000 freestyle at the Waterman Festival. He was clocked in 10:10.80. BELOW: Haley McCauley swms the second leg for the Comets' winning women's 200 medley team, which was timed in 2:03.00 -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comet men swim to title; Women take second

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2012) --The Palomar men's swimming & diving team brought home the team championship with 741 points and the Comets' women's squad placed second with with 512 points. in the Waterman Festival that concluded a two-day run on Saturday at Wallace Memorial Pool.

In the Pentathlon portion of the meet on Friday, the men's team placed nine swimmers in the top 20, with five in the top 10 . Wyatt Woodworn took first place, followed by PC teammates Drew Thomas (third) Cody MoffatT (fourth), Kevin Reichel (f9fth) and Chaffin Blake seventh.

In the women's pentathlon, Laura Bryant finished second as the Comets placed four swimmers in the top 20.

In the regular porion of the meet on Saturday, Palomar's men took hom six first places -- Thomas in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.47), the 300 breast relay team (3:49.83), Misaki Onoue in the 1000 free (10:10.80), and both the 600 ironman relay team and the 400 free relay team.

For the PC women, the 200 medley relay team (2:03.00), Bryant in the 100 butterfly (1:03.17 and Melanie Consiglio in the 50 free (25.93).