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Ryan McCauley wins the men's
400-yard individual medley in the
Waterman Invitational on Saturday.
He swam a 4:40.33 to defeat teammate
Ryan Sur, the second-place finisher,
by 14 seconds. DIRECTLY
Morgan Brown wins the women's
100-yard butterfly in 1:09.65, 3.12
seconds over runner-up Stephanie
Alfaro from Cerritos. -- Photos by
Comets win seven relay events
in 2014 opener
SAN MARCOS (2-06-2015 / 2-07-2015)
Palomar had a big weekend in the relay events as the Comets
opened their 2014 men's and women's swimming & diving season
by hosting the two-day Waterman Festival.
The Comets began the second day of
the meet on Saturday by touching out runner-up Cerritos in
the women's 200-yard medley relay. Paulina Dehaan, Lucy
Gates, Morgan Brown and Kelly Harris swam a 2:35.29. The
Falcons were timed in 2:35.66.
Palomar's other victories in the
relay events came in the men's 350-yard freestyle relay, the
men's 350 breaststroke relay, the men's 350 freestyle relay,
the men's 200 under/over medley relay, the mixed 300 coed
freestyle relay, the 20men's 600 Iron Woman relay and the
men's 600 Iron Man relay.
Dehaan had come up big in the
pentathlon on the opening day of the meet on Friday, placing
second to Gabi Garcia of Fullerton in an 81-woman field.
Garcia had a combined 3:09.3 time, while Dehaan had a
combined 3:10.19 time. She swam the 50 butterfly in 28.43,
the 50 backstroke in 32.02, the 50 breaststroke in 35.91 the
50 freestyle in 27.18 and the 100 IM in 1:06.65. Palomar's
Brown finished sixth in the pentathlon with a 3:14.18
In the men's pentathlon, Palomar's
Ryan McCauley swam a combined time of 2:45.12 to place sixth
in a 75-man field. San Diego Mesa's Neil Franka won the
pentahlon in 2:33.41.
Palomar's women's winners in the
individual events on Saturday were Brown in the 100
butterfly in 1:09.65 and Dehaan in the 100 backstroke in
1:07.60. The Comets' second-place finishers were Gates in
the 100 breaststroke in 1:22.21, Harris in the 50 freestyle
in 27:29 and Dehaan in the 100 IM in 2:32.87.
Palomar's individual men's winners
on Saturday were Evan Dean in the 50 freestyle in 22.66
McCauley in the 400 IM in 4:40.33. Finishing second were
McCauley in the 100 breaststoke in 1:05.09 and Ryan Sur in
both the 400 IM in 4:54.52 and the 1,000 freestyle in
The Comets had three second-place
finishes in Saturday's relay events. The women's runners-up
were the 350 butterfly relay team (4:50.74) and the 350
freestyle relay team (3:53.72). Palomar also placed second
in the final event of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay,
clocking a 3:24.38.
2014 Season ...
Hartl swims to 9th place in 1650
free at state
MONTEREY PARK (5-03-2014) --
Palomar's Danny Hartl swam a 17:00.56 to take
ninth place in the men's 1650-yard freestyle in
the CCCAA State Community College Swimming &
Diving Championships which concluded on
Along with consolation placings by both Rich
Farley and Hartl in various races, the Comets
finished with 13 points to tie for 26th among 30
scoring teams in the three-day meet.
Golden West won the men's championship. Diablo
Valley edged Orange Coast 414-400 for the
Palomar men 2nd; Farley is
Swimmer of Year
MARCOS (4-19-2014) / (4-24-2014) --
Led by freshman freestyle specialist Rich Farley
out of Carlsbad High School, Palomar's men's team
swam to a runner-up team finish in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships
which concluded on Saturday at Wallace Memorial
Farley captured his third
individual-event gold medal in the meet on the third and
final day as he won the 100-yard freestyle with a 57.51.
He again won a match-up with Grossmont's Joseph
Converse, who finished second in 47.78.
Farley, who previously won both
the 500 free and 200 free races and swam on two
first-place relay teams, was voted Co-Swimmer honors in
the conference with San Diego Mesa's Pedro Martir.
Martir also won three individual events.
Farley and Martir also shared
conference Men's Athlete of the Week honors.
Grossmont won the men's title
with 999.5 points, followed by the Comets in second with
770.5 points. Mesa was third with 518 points, and
Southwestern was fifth with 268.
Mesa won the women's meet with
1,028 points, followed by Grossmont (796), Palomar (382)
and Southwestern (315).
Palomar teammate Danny Hartl
joined Farley with a first place on the final day as he
swam to a 17:04.78 in the 1650 freestyle. Hartl won by
47 seconds over the secod-place finisher, Grossmont's
Jason Ornelas, who was timed in 17:51.57.
Max Becerra swam 2:14.86 to
place second behind Martir in the 200 breaststroke. The
Comet men's team also got a 3-4 finish from Jadan
Smithers and Andrew Houston in the 200 backstroke and a
fourth place from Joe Cain in the 100 free.
Kelly Harris was Palomar's top
finisher on day 3 of the women's meet. She swam a 56.80
to take third in the 100 freestyle.
Men's conference Co-Swimmer of the Year Rich Farley
(left); Kelly Harris, Palomar's top
finisher on day 3 of the women's
Rich Farley passes Grossmont's Joseph
Converse on the final leg to give Palomar a first place in
the 800-yard medley relay in the conference finals on Friday
at Wallace Memorial Pool. Farley is shown in the lower photo
after the race. He also won the 200 freestyle. -- Photos by
Farley gets PC pair of golds on second day
Farley swam to two more gold medal
performances on day 2 of the
three-day Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Swimming & Diving
Championships on Friday at Wallace
Farley won the men's 200-yard
freestyle final with a 1:44.02 time, defeating teammate
Danny Hartl, the runner-up in the race, and third-place
Joseph Converse from Grossmont.
Then he came from behind on the
anchor leg to pass Converse and give Palomar a victory in
7:06.32 in the final event of the day, the 800 freestyle
relay. The Griffins finished in 7:08.03. Hartl, Joe Cain and
Jadan Smithers swam the first three legs for the Comets.
Grossmont leads the men's portion
of the meet with 701.5 points after day 2, with Palomar
sitting in second place with 536.5 points. San Diego Mesa
(356 points) is third, and Southwestern (197 points) is
fourth. Mesa's women's team has 701 points through Friday's
events to lead second-place Grossmont (565), third-place
Palomar (276) and fourth-place Southwestern (227).
Palomar's Andrew Houston, Max
Becerra, Evan Dean and Cain swam a 1:40.90 to place second
in the men's 200 medley relay. The Comets' men's team took
three other second places, by Smithers (4:27.40 in the 400
individual medley), Bacerra (1:00.37 in the 100
breaststroke) and Houston (57.60 in the 100 backstroke).
Palomar's women's team took third
places in two relays on Friday. Lauren Wimsatt, Ariana
Lyons, Kelly Harris and Nikki Prohaska swam the 200 medley
relay in 2:05.72, Prohaska, Lyons, Wimstatt and Natalie
Viescas finished with a 9:51.48 in the 800 free relay.
200 free relay
team, Farley, Smithers all win
MARCOS (4-17-2014) --
Palomar's men's swim team brought home
first places in three of five events on the first day of
the three-day Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
Championship meet on Thursday at Wallace Memorial Pool.
The Comets got wins from their
200-yard freestyle relay team (1:27.17), Rich Farley with a
4:47.65 in the 500 freestyle and Jadan Smithers at 2:05.28
in the 200 individual medley.
But, with Palomar having no divers
and diving points being added from last weekend's Southern
California Championships which PCAC teams dominated, the
Comets find themselves in second place after the first day.
Grossmont, which also has
outstanding depth in the swimming events, leads the men's
meet with 330.5 points, followed by Palmar (245.5 points) in
second place, San Diego Mesa (174 points in third and
Southwestern (85 points) in fourth.
In the women's meet, Mesa leads
after day 1 with 307 points, followed by Grossmont (233),
Palomar (133) and Southwestern (114).
In the men's meet, the Comets also
got a second place from Evan Dean in the 50 freestyle, a
third from Danny Hartl in the 500 free fourth places from
Max Bercerra in the 200 IM and Joe Cain, who swam a dead
heat for fourth in the 50 free.
Kelly Harris was Palomar's top
women's finisher on day 1, placing fourth in the 50 free
with a 26.16.
Palomar first-day individual event
winners Rich Farley (left) and Jadan
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
Hartl, Dean, three relay teams
bring home firsts
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
Comets still in 3rd entering
final day at state
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 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 fourth. 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 --
Palomar's Wyatt Woodward (left)
and Kylie Brown (right) set set
new meet records
on the first day of the three-day Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving finals being hosted by the Comets at Wallace Memorial
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 (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
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
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).