Jackie Puccino is elevated
to head coach
SAN MARCOS (6-15-2016)
-- Jackie Puccino, who was selected as Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2014 even
though she was an assistant coach, has been elevated
to head coach of the Palomar women's water polo
The college's governing board approved
Puccino's hire at its Tuesday meeting.
Puccino (left) has been an assistant
for the Comets for four seasons, directing the team as game
coach on the deck the last two seasons.
Puccino came out of Escondido High
School to star for Palomar as a two-meter player in 2008 and
2009. She helped lead the Comets to the 2008 Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference championship and, in 2009, was team captain,
first-team all-conference and first-team All-Southern
California. Puccino was the fourth-leading community college
scorer in the state with 87 goals as a sophomore.
Puccino received a water polo
scholarship to NCAA Division I Marist College of Poughkeepsie,
New York where she played for two seasons. She led the Red Foxes
in goals and assists and was team captain her senior year. She
also played one season for Perth in Australia's Premier League
She was head girls water polo
coach at Cathedral Catholic High, and also has extensive
coaching experience on the club level.
Puccino received her Associate of Arts
degree from Palomar, a Bachelor's degree in psychology from
Marist College and a Masters degree in physical eduction from
Azusa Pacific University. She'll also serve as an adjunct
professor at Palomar.
Jem McAdams will move over from head
coach of the women's team to his original assignment as head
coach of the men's team, athletic director Scott Cathcart
announced. McAdams steps in for Chad Aronen, who stepped down to
accept a fulltime public schools teaching job.
2015 Season ...
2015 Roster and Schedule
Lucy Gates, shooting the ball, was one of three
Palomar players selected to the All-Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference first team. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Three Palomar players selected to first
SAN DIEGO (12-8-2015) --
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo
coaches have named three Palomar players to the all-conference
The Comets' selections were sophomores
Kendyl Mundt, Lucy Gates and Kelsie Telson.
Palomar put two players on the second
team, sophomores Emilee Foltz and Lauren Wimsatt. Morgan Brown
made honorable mention.
Mundt scores 4 goals but Comets
WALNUT (11-10-2015) --
Kendyl Mundt scored four goals but
Palomar was eliminated in the first round of the
Southern California Regionals in women's water polo
on Thursday, losing to Santa Barbara City College
10-5 at the Mt. SAC pool.
Madison Cumminskey had the Comets' other goal.
The Comets finished their season with a 15-12
PC goes 1-1, reaches SoCal
(11-06-2015) (11-07-2015) --
Palomar dropped an 11-8 decision to Grossmont in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's water polo tournament
on Friday at San Diego Miramar College's Ned Baumer Aquatics
The Comets came back to defeat San
Diego Mesa in the third-place game
on Saturday as they qualified for
the Southern California Regionals
which begin a three-day run on
Thursday at Mt. SAC's pool. Palomar
will play Santa Barbara City College
on the first day of the
single-elimination event. Game time
is 2:30 p.m.
Comets go 2-0 on 1st day at
Battle at the Beach
LONG BEACH (10-23-2015)
The Palomar women's water polo squad went 2-0 on the
first day of the Battle at the Beach tournament at Long Beach
City College on Friday.
The Comets tallied back-to-back
victories over Pasadena City College 15-3 and Los Angeles Valley
Lucy Gates (5 goals, 3 assists)
and Kendyl Mundt (4 goals, 3 assists) led Palomar in the
win over the Lancers. Morgan Brown had 7 saves in goal.
Lauren Wimsatt scored 7 goals and Mundt
added 3 goals and 5 assists as the Comets defeated L.A. Valley.
Gates added 2 goals. Brown had 5 saves.
Palomar dropped two games on Saturday,
to Saddleback 16-9 and to Cypress 6-4.
Palomar's Lauren Wimsatt
scores the winning goal with 36.8 seconds to play in
the Comets' 11-10 victory over Grossmont on Tuesday.
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
wins it with :36.8 left vs. G-House
SAN MARCOS (10-21-2015) --
Lauren Wimsatt scored the winning goal with 36.8
seconds remaining on Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool as
Palomar won its final regular-season game 11-10 over visiting
The Comets (12-8, 5-3) trailed through
most of the game before outscoring the Griffins in the fourth
quarter 5-3. Grossmont led 2-0 after one quarter, 7-4 at
halftime and 7-6 entering the final period.
Wimsatt led Palomar with five goals.
Dallas Fatseas and Lucy Gates each scored three goals.
The Comets will play in the Battle at
the Beach tournament beginning Friday in Long Beach, then will
play in the conference tournament at San Diego Miramar College
on Nov. 6-7.
Fatseas pumps in 8 goals as
PC wins by 19-3
Dallas Fatseas (left) took over control of the game
Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool, scoring eight goals, as
Palomar dominated Southwestern 19-3 in a Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's water polo game.
Kendyl Mundt, Lucy Gates and Lauren
Wimsatt each tallied three goals for the Comets. Madison
Cummiskey added two goals.
Palomar upped its record to 11-8 on the
season, 4-3 in conference games.
The Comets will close out their
conference season when they play host to Grossmont next
Wednesday at Wallace Memorial Pool.
Palomar wins 3 of 4 games,
takes 3rd in Classic
DIEGO (10-03-2015) --
Palomar won three of
four games and placed third in the 18th San Diego Women's
Classic water polo tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Undefeated San Diego Mesa won the
tournament, hosted by Olympians and San Diego Miramar.
Palomar 19, East Los Angeles 5
-- The Comets won their tourney opener on Friday as
Lucy Gates (left) led the way with 8 goals and 5 assists and
goalie Morgan Brown totaled 11 saves. Lauren Wimsatt (right) had
4 goals and 3 steals for Palomar. Dallas Fatseas had 3 goals and
Palomar 14, Ventura 8 --
Gates totaled 4 goals, 4 assists and 3 steals and Wimsatt also
contributed 4 goals to lead the Comets. Kendyl Mundt (2 goals, 5
steals), Emilee Folz (2 goals) and Broan (12 saves) also were
San Joaquin Delta 16, Palomar 9
-- The Comets were one player down (5-on-6) against the
Mustangs from Stockton for most of the third and fourth quarters
due to two players receiving major penalties. Folz scored 3
toals, Fatseas 2 goals and Wimsatt 2 goals. Brown had 5 saves.
Palomar 9, Grossmont 8 --
In a matchup of two Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rivals,
Mundt scored 6 goals and Gates had 2. Folz dished off 6 assists.
Brown had 4 saves.
Comets rout Miramar
15-4 and move over .500
SAN DIEGO (9-30-2015) --
Palomar routed San Diego Miamar 15-4 on Wednesday at
Ned Baumer Aquatic Center to up its Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference record to 3-2.
The Comets are 7-6 overall.
Palomar beats Cypress, L.A. Valley to go 2-2
(9-26-2015) (9-27-2015) --
The Palomar women's
water polo squad split its four games in the 19th
Annual Mt. SAC Classic on Friday and Saturday to
remain .500 on the season at 6-6.
On Friday, coach Jackie Puccino's Comets defeated
Cypress 9-5 and lost to Citrus 10-9. On Saturday,
Palomar lost to Orange Coast 13-9 but came back to
defeat Los Angeles Valley 10-8.
Kendyl Mundt scored 13 goals for the Comets
during the weekend.
Palomar 9, Citrus 5 --
Mundt scored 3 goals for the winners. Lucy Gates had 2 goals and
2 steals. Lauren Wimsatt also had 2 goals, Carley Woods scored 1
goal and Morgan Brown contributed 10 saves in goal.
Citrus 10, Palomar 9 –
The Owls overcame strong performances by Mundt (5 goals),
Wimsatt (3 goals), Dallas Fatseas (3 steals) and Brown (10
Orange Coast 13, Palomar 9 –
Gates led with 5 goals, while Mundt had 3 assists and 3
steals. Wimsatt scored 3 goals and had 4 steals.
Palomar 10, L.A.
Valley 8 – The Comets were led by Mundt (3
goals), Mimsatt (3 goals), Gates (2 goals, Fatseas
(3 steals) and Brown (10 saves).
Palomar's Lucy Gates ties the game at 9-9 with 1:18
remaining in Monday's second overtime. DIRECTLY ABOVE:
Goalie Morgan Brown rejects a Grossmont shot. -- Photos by Hugh
lose 10-9 in sudden death
Playing without any subs in the field, Palomar
dropped an agonizing 10-9 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
women's water polo decision to Grossmont in sudden death triple
overtime on Monday at the Kroc Center.
Kendyl Mundt led the Comets with 5
goals. Lucy Gates had 3 goals. Morgan Brown contributed 17
The Comets are 4-4, 4-2 in conference.
Gates, Mundt boost Palomar to blowout win
VISTA (9-16-2015) -- Led by Lucy Gates
(left) and Kendyl Mundt (right), the Palomar women's
water polo squad won for the second time in three
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference games on Tuesday,
18-3 over Southwestern.
Gates and Mundt each had five goals and five
assists. Mundt also had seven steals. Morgan Brown
had 10 saves in goal for the Comets (4-3 overall).
The Jaguars fall to 0-6 on the year, 0-2 in the
split four games at Saddleback
MISSION VIEJO (9-11-2015 / 9-12-2015) --
After dropping an 11-3 Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference decision to San Diego Mesa on Wednesday at home,
Palomar traveled to Mission Viejo over the weekend and went 2-2
in the Saddleback Invitational.
On Friday, the Comets rolled
Southwestern 22-5 and lost to Fullerton 3-18. On Saturday,
Palomar turned back Grossmont 7-5 but lost to the tournament
host, Saddleback, 11-7.
The Comets are 3-3 on the season.
ABOVE: Palomar found
itself up on Miramar 6-0 after this back-handed goal
by Lauren Wimsatt. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
Kendyl Mundt, who led the Comets with six goals in
their 17-3 victory
Mundt's 6 goals lead Palomar to opening win
MARCOS (9-2-2015) --
Kendyl Mundt pumped in six goals on
Wednesday, doubling Miramar's total by herself, as
Palomar opened its 2015 women's water polo season
with a decisive 17-2 victory at Wallace Memorial
The season opener also was the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference opener for the Comets.
Lucy Gates tallied four goals for the Comets. "Emily
Foltz and Lauren Wimsatt each added two goals.
It was 4-0 after one quarter, 9-0 at halftime and
15-2 after three quarters.
2014 Season ...
2014 Palomar Women's Water Polo Team
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Emily Foltz (above, No.
11) and Kelly Harris (below) are first-team
all-conference selections. Both are pictured in
Palomar's 8-7 loss to eventual runner-up San
Diego Mesa in the PCAC Tournament last weekend.
-- Photo by Hugh Cox
2 PC players 1st team; Puccino Coach of
SAN DIEGO (11-12-2014) --
Palomar placed two players on the All-Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference first team in women's water polo.
Kelly Harris (left, photo by Hugh Cox), a sophomore, and Emilee
Foltz, a freshman, were the Comets' selections.
Kendyl Mundt and Gabby White were
selected to the second team, while Lauren Wimsatt was awarded
Palomar assistant coach Jackie Puccino,
who coaches the team during games, was named conference Coach of
Alison Ford of champion Grossmont College, which
defeated San Diego Mesa in the conference championship game, was
Player of the Year.
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