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Palomar Water Polo looks to start 2014 with a splash

Palomar men's water polo coach Chad Aronen goes over strategy with both teams during a joint practice. Harim Arjon/The Telescope
Palomar men’s water polo coach Chad Aronen goes over strategy with both teams during a joint practice. Harim Arjon/The Telescope

The 2014 season is a redeeming kind of season for this year’s Palomar College men’s water polo team, while the women’s water polo team adjusts to changes in the coaching ranks.

Last season, Coach Chad Aronen and his men’s squad struggled compared to their 2012 season, when the team went 21-7 and made it to the California Community College Athletic Association State Community College Tournament. That team sent six players to four-year schools.

Last year’s squad finished third in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, going 7-18 overall with a 4-4 conference record, losing to rival San Diego Mesa College in the third-place game of the conference tournament.

This season, returning key players Rich Farley and Evan Dean look to lead the team to success as they start out with a tough schedule. They start their season against San Diego Mesa, then on to the Golden West Tournament before playing their first home game Sept. 10, when they host Southwestern College.

Coach Aronen expressed confidence in his team and the season ahead.

“I feel that no matter the result, we (the team) will play up to our full potential,” Aronen said.

The women’s water polo team looks to build on its successful 2013 season, where it went 17-10 overall, with a 16-9 conference record. The team lost to Grossmont College in the PCAC Championship game, then advanced to the CCCAA State Community College Tournament, where they lost to Los Angeles Pierce College in the opening round.

This year’s team is being led by longtime Palomar swimming coach Jem McAdams, who takes over for Kathy “Gubba” Sheehy. Sheehy, a former Olympian who was inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 2010, is recovering from surgery.

At the time of print, the women’s water polo roster had not been released to the press.

 

 

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  • Chris Aronen, Water Polo 2014: Harim Arjon/The Telescope | All Rights Reserved
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