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Rowan is AOTW; Comets get 11th seed
SAN MARCOS (11-07-2016) --
Palomar freshman field player Kelly Rowan
has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference Woman's Athlete of the Week after
her four goals led the Comets to the
conference title Saturday with an 8-7
victory over defending state champion San
Diego Mesa in the finals of the PCAC
Tournament at Miramar's Ned Baumer Aquatics
After the PCAC championship victory, the
Comets have been seeded 11th in the Southern
California Regionals and will play No. 6
seed Long Beach City College in the first
round on Friday at 12:45 p.m. at the Golden West
Rowan is a freshman out of Great Oak High
School in Temecula.
Palomar beats '15 state champ for crown
SAN DIEGO (11-05-2016) --
Palomar defeated defending state champion
San Diego Mesa 8-7 Saturday to win the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's
water polo championship.
The win came in the finals of the conference
tournament at San Diego Miramar's Ned Baumer
Kelly Rowan led the Comets (15-11) with 4
goals and an assist. Emma Thomas tallied two
goals. Sydney Thomas and Jazmin Handorf
scored a goal apiece.
Torrey Hirning contributed 2 assists and
Sydney Thomas also had an a assist.
Goalie Jordan Heimback contributed 15 saves.
Comets beat G-House, face Mesa
DIEGO (11-04-2016) -- It will be Palomar vs.
defending state champion San Diego Mesa on
Saturday at 1 p.m. at San Diego Miramar's
Ned Baumer Aquatics Complex for the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo
The Comets advanced to the title game on
Friday with a come-from-behind 9-5 victory
over Grossmont on the first day of the PCAC
Tournament. Palomar trailed 5-1 early.
Dallas Fatseas' 4 goals led the way against
scored 2 goals. Sydnee Thomas, Jazmin
Handorf and Kylie Slater also contributed
Palomar turns back Southwestern 12-2
(10-24-2016) -- Led by Jazmin Handorf
(left) with four goals, Palomar's women's
water polo team defeated Southwestern 12-2
on Monday afternoon at Las Palmas Pool.
Sydney Thomas and Emma Thomas scored three
goals each for the Comets, and Dallas
Fatseas had two goals.
Sydney Thomas and Handorf each had two
assists and two steals. Fatseas contributred
two assists, while Emma Thomas had two
Goalie Jordann Heimback had 10 saves, one
steal and two assists.
Palomar advanced to 12-11 on the season and
5-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference. The Comets will close out the
regular season when they visit Grossmont on
Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center in
A Palomar win would create a three-way tie
for the regular-season PCAC championship
involving the Comets, the Griffins and
defending state champion San Diego Mesa.
If Grossmont wins, it will capture the title
Palomar wins final game in tourney 10-9
BEACH / CYPRESS
(10-21-2016) (10-22-2016) -- Palomar
won its final game in the Battle at the
Beach women's water polo tournament on
Saturday, defeating Los Angeles Valley 10-9.
Emma Thomas led the Comets (11-11 on the
season) with 6 goals, 3 assists and 3
steals. Dallas Fatseas scored 2 goals.
Goalie Jordan Heimback (left) contributed 15
saves, 2 steals and an assist.
The Comets lost to Cerritos earlier Saturday
10-3. Fatseas scored 2 goals and had 4
steals. Jazmin Handorf also had 4 steals.
Heimback contributed 9 saves and a steal in
On Friday, Palomar opened the tournament
with a 17-4 loss to Fullerton. Emma Thomas
(2 goals), Handorf (2 assists), Sydney
Thomas (3 steals) and Heimback (11 saves, 4
steals and 2 assists) led the Comets.
In their second game Friday, the Comets were
defeated by Ventura 10-5. Fatseas scored 3
goals. Emma Thomas had an assist and 3
steals. Heimback totaled 11 saves, 4 steals
and 2 assists.
Emma Thomas scores Palomar's first goal of
the game one minute into the first quarter
Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool. The
Comets lost to defending state champion San
Diego Mesa. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
'15 state champs beat PC for 1st time in 3
SAN MARCOS (10-18-2016) -- The third time
was definitely not the charm for Palomar's
women's water polo team on Wednesday
afternoon at Wallace Memorial Pool.
The Comets, who had beaten defending state
community college champion San Diego Mesa
twice by one goal earlier in the season, in
a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game
Sept. 21 at Mesa and in a tournament game in
the 19th San Diego Classic on Oct. 21, were
unable to make it three straight wins over
Mesa won 9-5, taking a 6-1 halftime lead and
continuing on to a PCAC victory.
Jazmin Handorf scored two Palomar goals.
Sydney Thomas, Emma Thomas and Dallas
Fatseas each added one goal. Fatsea's goal
came on a penalty shot with 5:49 left in the
first quarter and Handorf tallied her second
goal at the 5:00 mark as the Comets closed
an 8-3 gap to 8-5. But that was as close as
they would get.
Emma Thomas had 3 steals. Jazmin
Handorf and Kelly Rowan had 2 steals. Dallas Fatseas
had 3 assists. Goalie Jordann Heimback had 8 blocks
and 4 steals.
Palomar, which came into the game alone in
first place, suffered its first conference
loss and now finds itself in a battle with
Grossmont and Mesa for the regular-season
title with games remaining on the road at
Southwestern and Grossmont next week.
PC wins 3 of 4, beats state champs
DIEGO (9-30-2016 / 10-01-2016) -- Palomar's
women's water polo team won three of four
games in the 19th San Diego Classic on
Friday and Saturday at San Diego Mesa
College and San Diego Miramar's Ned Baumer
One of the victims was
defending state community college champion San Diego
Mesa, for the second time this season.
Dallas Fatseas scored 5
goals and Emma Thomas added 3 goals as the
Comets opened play in the tournament with a 12-6 win
over East Los Angeles at Mesa's pool. Jordan
Heimback had 12 saves in goal and also contributed 3
In the second game, also at
Mesa, Palomar turned back Ventura 14-11 behind Emma
Thomas' 6 goals and 6 steals. Sydney Thomas had 3
goals and 4 steals. Jazmin Handorf and Torrey Hiring
had 3 assists each. Heimbeck again totaled 12 saves.
Moving to the Miramar pool
on Saturday, the Comets knocked off Mesa's defending
state champions by one goal for the second time in
2016, winning 12-11 behnd 4 goals each by Sydney
Thomas and Emma Thomas. Sydney Thomas, Rebekah
Blackburn and Heimbeck contributed 3 assists each.
Heimbeck also had 9 saves and 3 steals.
Sierra handed the Comets
their only loss of the tournament 14-4 in the final
game of the tournament later on Saturday, also at
Miramar. Sydney Thomas had a goal and 6 steals for
The Comets are 9-7 on the
The Comets' Torrey Hirning (No. 14)
blocks a shot by the G-House's Sasha
Helm just outside the goal in the
sudden-death overtime period in
Palomar's women's game with the
Griffins. Grossmont won 7-6 in a game
that was tied through regulation play
and two regular overtimes. -- Photo by
Griffs battle 1-goal win in sudden death
SAN MARCOS (9-28-2016) -- Palomar's
PCAC game with Grossmont on Wednesday at
Wallace Memorial Pool couldn't have had a
The Griffins' Maddie Stockton scored at time
expired in sudden-death overtime to turn
back the Comets 7-6, handing them their
first conference loss. The ball floated into
the cage as most of the Palomar team thought
time had already expired. But, after a short
delay, the officials ruled that time hadn't
expired, that it was a goal and the game was
Palomar, trailing 6-3, rallied for three
straight goals by Dallas Fatseas, Sydney
Thomas and Rebekah Blackburn, the latter
coming off her own steal, to tie the game
with 2:25 remaining. Jordan Heimback had a
series of big saves, including one with 42
seconds showing on the clock.
The Comets are 6-6 on the season and 3-1 in
Comets dominate in 19-1 win over
(9-26-2016) -- The Palomar women's water
polo team schooled visiting Southwestern on
Monday afternoon at Wallace Memorial Pool,
winning a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
game in dominating fashion 19-1.
Southwestern's men's team
didn't have enough players so the second game of the
doubleheader was cancelled.
In the women's game, Dallas Fatseas
(left, 6 goals), Sydney Thomas (5 goals) and Emma Thomas (3
goals) led the way for Palomar offensively. Jazin Handorf had 8
assists for the Comets.
Fatseas recorded 7 steals,
Emma and Sydney Thomas 5 each. Goalie Jordann
Heimback contributed 8 blocks, 1 steal and 2
The Comets are 6-5, 3-0 in
Hirning's 4 goals pave way against
(9-24-2016) -- Torrey Hirning scored 4 goals
to help lead Palomar to a 13-6 women's water
polo victory over Rio Hondo in Saturday
monring's game at the Mt. SAC Classic Marie
T. Mills Aquatic Facility.
Sydney and Emma Thomas scored 3 goals each. Jazmin
Handorf had 2 goals. Dallas Fatseas
contributed 6 steals, while Emma Thomas had 3
steals. Goalie Jordann Heimback had 9 blocks and 3
Other results with statistical leaders: Fullerton 13, Palomar 7 -- Goals:
Jazmin Handorf 3. Steals: Handorf 3, Hirning 3. Saves: Heimback
Santa Barbara CC 11, Palomar 2 -- Goals:
Sydney Thomas and Fatseas 1 each. Steals: Emma Thomas and
Hirning 3 each. Goalie Stats: Heimback 9 blocks and 3
Citrus 9, Palomar 4 -- Goals: Emma Thomas 2.
Steals: Fatseas 2. Goalie Stats: Heimback 9 saves and 2 steals.
In photo at the top, Sydnee Thomas scores a
goal for Palomar in Tuesday's victory over
defending state champion San Diego Mesa in
San Diego. Directly above: goalie with
a block. The Comets won 6-5 in the second
3-minute sudden-death overtime period.--
Photos by Hugh Cox
Rowan's OT goal beats '15 state champs
SAN DIEGO (9-21-2016) --
Kelly Rowan, a freshman out of Great Oak
High School, dropped in a goal early in the
second 3-minute overtime on Wednesday,
lifting visiting Palomar to a 6-5 women's
water polo victory over defending CCCAA
state champion San Diego Mesa.
Goalie Jordan Heimback had a big day for the
Comets (4-2, 2-0) with 19 blocks, 6 steals
and 2 assists.
Rebekah Blackburn scored 2 goals. Dallas
Fatseas, Emma Thomas and Sydney Thomas each
had 4 steals.
The score was tied 4-4 after regulation and
5-5 after each team scored in the first two 3-minute
Comets come from behind for
-- Led by Emma Thomas (left) and
Sydney Thomas (right), Palomar came from
behind to win its Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's water polo opener on
Wednsday, defeating San Diego Miramar 7-3 at
Ned Baumer Aquatic Center.
Emma Thomas led the Comets (3-2
overall) with three goals and five steals. Sydney
Thomas contributed two goals and four steals.
leaders for Palomar: Dallas Fatseas with three
assists, and goalie Jordan Heimback with seven
saves, two steals and two assists.
The Comets trailed 1-0
after one quarter, then battled back to take a 3-1
Palomar will play its home opener
against defending California community college state
champion San Diego Mesa on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Comets open season with
a 2-2 split
MISSION VIEJO (9-10-2016) --
opened its 2016 women's water polo season
with a pair of solid victories on Friday,
defeating Saddleback 11-7 and Grossmont 7-2
on Day 1 of the Saddleback Tournament.
On Day 2, the Comets dropped back-to-back
decisions to Sierra 12-6 and Fullerton 13-2
and will take a 2-2 record into their home
opener, a Pacific Coast Athletic match-up
against San Diego Miramar on Wednesday at 2
p.m. at Miramar.