Water Polo, Swimming & Diving
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Lady Lancers Freeway League Champions!
Sunny Hills Lady Lancers are once again Freeway League Champions. Sunny Hills held off Troy in the championship game of the Freeway League Tournament 6-4 to win their 2nd straight Freeway League Title. The Lancers finished league season 8-0 giving them an impressive 17 consecutive league wins over the last three seasons.
Lady Lancers Victorious Over Troy
In what proved to be an epic battle, Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Water Polo defeated Troy High School 7-5 in overtime on Wednesday. Trailing 5-3 at Half time, Sunny Hills chipped away to tie game on a 5 meter penalty shot in the fourth quarter. The Lancers outscored Troy 2-0 in overtime to take the win.
Four New Guardian Lancers Introduced
Kristian Chernov, Cole Seibel, Jonathan Sulveran and Josh Beutter are the lastest to receive Guardian Lancer honors. At last night’s BoysWater Polo banquet, the 4 were recognized for their outstanding leadership and inspiration to their teammates and coaches.
Lancers Land Freeway League Awards.
Several members of the Boy’s Water Polo Team received post season honors. At last night’s awards banquet, the follow players received All Freeway League honors:
· Kristian Chernov-1st Team All Freeway League
· Josh Beutter-1st Team All Freeway League
· Ruben Parker-1st Team All Freeway League
· Casey Taylor-2nd Team All Freeway League
· Cole Seibel-2nd Team All Freeway League
Lady Lancers Win First Freeway League Swimming Title Since 2004
To say the Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Swim and Dive team is on the rise is the understatement of the year. The Lady Lancers finished off an excellent year by winning our first Freeway League Swim and Dive Championship since 2004.
Lawrence Mao Freeway League “Swimmer of The Meet”
Lawrence Mao capped off a brilliant season by winning the Freeway League Swimmer of The Meet award at the 2018 Freeway League Swim and Dive Championships. Mao who won the Freeway League title in the 50 Free with a time of :21.88 also won the 100 Butterfly with a time of 50.89 narrowly missing the school record of :50.12 set in 1998 by Hironari Sakoda.
Maya Lee Breaks 21 Year Old Record, Lady Lancers Defeat Troy Again.
Sunny Hills defeated Troy High School in woman’s swimming by a score of 114-71 to go 3-0 in Freeway League Swimming on Wednesday. The highlight of the meet was Junior Maya Lee breaking the 21 year old school record in the 100 yard butterfly event. Lee finished the race with a time of :58.51 shattering the record held by Anna Armstrong ’97 of :59.36.
Lancers Land Post Season Awards.
Several members of the Lady Lancer Water Polo Team received post season honors associated with our Freeway League Championship season.
· Krisa Komrij-Freeway League MVP
· Isabel Dhillon-1st Team All Freeway League
· Hannah Kim-1st Team All Freeway League
· Priscilla Luna-1st Team All Freeway League
· Skylar Bowles-2nd Team All Freeway League
· Bella Guererro-2nd Team All Freeway League
· Kaya Hart-2nd Team All Freeway League
In addition, the following Lady Lancers were named to the All CIF Division V Girls water polo teams:
· Krisa Komrij-1st Team All CIF D 5
· Skylar Bowles-2nd Team All CIF D 5
· Isabel Dhillion-3rd Team All CIF D 5
· Kaya Hart-3rd Team All CIF D 5
Sunny Hills Adds 5 New Guardian Lancers.
5 members of the 2018 Girls Water Polo Team were named as guardian Lancers at the team’s annual awards banquet last week. Bell Guererro, Skylar Bowles, Isabel Dhillon, Priscilla Luna and Diana Wang are the latest names added to this prestigious list of Lancer water polo players that have established a legacy of leadership in our boys and girls programs.
Lady Lancers Are Freeway League Champions!
Sunny Hills girls water polo team finished Freeway League play with a perfect 8-0 record to win the 6th Freeway League Championship in school history. The Lancers defeated Cal High 10-2, Woodbridge 5-4 and Temescal Canyon 10-9 before losing in overtime to Downey in the CIF Semifinals. The Lancers overall record was 28-5.
Hwang and Rah Added To List Of Guardian Lancers
Chris Hwang and Matt Rah were announced as Guardian Lancers at the Boy's Water Polo Banquet recently. Hwang and Rah are the 91stand 92nd Lancers to be named to this prestigious honor
Tseng and Lee Represent Sunny Hills at CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships
Lancer Swimmers Courtney Tseng and Maya Lee competed in the CIF State Swimming and Divning Championships at Clovis West High School in Fresno this past weekend and both “did Sunny Hills proud!”
Maya Lee finished 15th overall in the 500 Freestyle setting a personal best mark of 4:59.92.
Courtney Tseng finished 6th in the 200 IM and 2nd in the 500 Freestyle (breaking her own Sunny Hills HS record of 4:45.92.
The Lancers finished and impressive 22nd overall in the state swim and dive meet.
Tseng and Chang Named Inaugural Lancer Legacy Award Winners
Lancer Swimmers, Courtney Tseng and Nathan Chang were named Lancer Legacy Award Winners at the Sunny Hills Swim and Dive Banquet last Thursday nights. A brand new award which focuses on leadership, influence and the following description:
1. “For leaving Sunny Hills Swim and Dive in a stronger position than when you started!”
2. “For your commitment to year round training.”
3. “For the inspiration you impart on others.”
4. “For the spirit and determination you bring to our program.”
5. “For the examples you set.”
The Lancer Legacy Award will be handed out to swimmers and divers who reflect these values in future seasons.
Lady Lancers Cap Impressive Victory Over Troy
Led by both a wave of youth and some steady veterans, Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Swim and Dive team scored an impressive 107-80 victory over Troy in a Freeway League showdown this past Wednesday. The Lancers dominated winning three relays as well as 6 of 8 individual events.
Courtney Tseng Announces Princeton As Her Choice
After weighing several offers from top schools around the country, Lancer standout swimmer, Courtney Tseng revealed she will swim at Princeton University starting in the Fall.
Wednesday, February 1st was national letter of intent day and Tseng along with 11 other Sunny Hills Lancer athletes made her intentions formal. Courtney is the second Lancer Aquatic Athlete to attend Princeton. Jessica Ajoux, attended Princeton and played water polo there from 2003-2007.
Historic Date: January 20th-Sunny Hills Opens New Aquatic Complex
Not to take away from The Presidential Inauguration also taking place on January 20th, Sunny Hills will open its new $5.5 million aquatics complex. The pool itself features a 45 meter long by 25 yard wide all deep course. The pool is capable of running 18 swim lanes at one time or one championship water polo course and one 8 lane water polo course and of course many different variations of that space.
Probably the best thing about the new pool is our ability to now serve multiple aquatic groups at one time, thus allowing aquatic members to be able to work out during prime workout hours.
Needless to say, Lancer aquatic team members will no longer have to travel to all events as the Freeway League will play leagues and conduct swim meets at the spectacular new facility.
Three New Guardians Named
Three new Guardian Lancers were named at the Men’s Water Polo Banquet on November 29th. Luke Waugh (10), Miles Abbott (11) and Ben Slope (11) were selected by a panel of Guardian Lancers to carry on the tradition of Water Polo Guardians. What is a Guardian Lancer?
The Sunny Hills Guardian Lancer Award has been awarded since the 2000 Water Polo Season, it is the highest award that a player can receive in our program. These are the captains of our program. Captains are not named, they must become Guardians, and this is no easy task. A Guardian makes the Sunny Hills Water Program a top priority. These are people who serve as role models for others to follow. These are members of our program who consistently do the right thing without expecting personal recognition, “they do the right thing, because it is the right thing.”
Historic Pool Opening!!
It is finally going to happen. For decades we have waited and now it is going to happen. On Friday, January 20th Sunny Hills will officially open our new swimming pool complex. At this time an invitation list is being assembled and we want to make sure you are on that list. If you are a part of our rich history please send a mailing address so we can include you in the festivities! Click here
Swim Records Updated
Thank you to all of the Sunny Hills Lancer Community who have contributed swim times to our record board. We are happy to say that these times have all now been verified and we believe that we now have an accurate record wall for all swimmers to shoot for in the future. If you know of any times that are missing, please let us know! Click here
Sunny Hills Boys Make 8 Straight!
The 2016 Sunny Hills Boys’ Water Polo team qualified for the CIF playoffs for an impressive 8th straight year. The Lancers finished 3rdin the very competitive Freeway League. Sunny Hills finishes the regular season with a record of 19-9 and 5-3 in league.
Tseng Impressive At CIF State Meet
Sunny Hills Lancer swimmer Courtney Tseng had an amazing weekend at the CIF State Swimming Championships in Fresno this past weekend. Tseng was consolation champion in the 200 Freestyle with a personal best and school record time of 1:49.44.
In the 500 Freestyle, Tseng came back from 7th place early in the race to be just out touched by .38 narrowly finishing 2nd in the state! Her 500 Freestyle time of 4:46.87 (also a personal best and a school record,) was faster than the previous state record.
Lancers Compete In CIF State Championship Meet
Five members of the Sunny Hills Swim Team have qualified to compete in the CIF State Swim Championships. The boys 200 Freestyle Relay Team (Ryan Chung, Jaden Nasu, Nathan Chang and Lawrence Mao) as well as Courtney Tseng in the 200 and 500 Freestyle events.
The Lancers will travel to Fresno to compete on May 20th and 21st.
Record Number of Lancers To Compete In CIF
The Sunny Hills Lancer Swim and Dive Team will be sending a record number of swimmers to the Division II CIF Swim Prelims this week. In total 10 boys and 9 girls have met the time standards in at least one or more events. This marks the largest number of SunnyHillsswimmers to ever qualify for this event!
Lancer Swimmers Cap Memorable Night!
Sunny Hills Lancer swim team completed one of the more memorable seasons in school history with several league and school record swims Friday Night at the Freeway League Finals. In addition there were numerous personal best swims.
Nick Slope was named Male Swimmer of The Meet winning two relays and the 50 freestyle as well as setting two new Freeway League records. Courtney Tseng was named Female Swimmer of The Meet as she won both the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle events. Sidney Kao was a league champion in all four of his events as well.
Sunny Hills Women’s Water Polo Post 18th Straight CIF Appearance!
One of High School Water Polo most amazing streaks continued this season as the Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Water Polo Program earned its 18th consecutive CIF appearance.
Finishing 3rd in a very competitive Freeway League, the Lancers were led by Kendall Smith’s record setting single season “Goals Scored” mark of 139, giving her a career total of 349 which is good for second on the all-time Lancer list.
“18 consecutive trips to the CIF playoffs is an amazing record and one our girls have to live up to year in and year out,” stated Head Coach, Keith Nighswonger.
The Lady Lancers begin their playoff run on Tuesday, February 16.
Sunny Hills Men’s Water Polo Post 10th Straight CIF Appearance
The Sunny Hills Men’s team qualified for its tenth straight CIF playoffs with a 6-5 victory over Fullerton in the final match of the Freeway League Carousal on November 6th.
Sunny Hills Men's Water Polo 2014 Freeway League Champions!
Sunny Hills Men's Water Polo team finished off an impressive Freeway League run with a 17-9 victory over Troy on Thursday, November 6th to claim the 26th League Championship is school history.
The Lancer Frosh Soph and JV teams were also Freeway League Champions marking the first time in school history where all three Men's Water Polo teams were League Champions during the same season!
Sunny Hills Aquatics is about tradition. Boys have played Water Polo at Sunny Hills for over 50 years, Girls have played Water Polo at Sunny Hills since 2000. Coed Swim and Dive has been at it since 1960. It is about doing things right in all facets of one's life. When enough people do enough things the right way, the winning becomes a natural manifestation.
Things we are proud of:
Classes Of 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003
Reed Herzog ’18 Univiersity of Texas
Ben Slope ’18 Cal Poly SLO
Skylar Bowles ’18 University of La Verne
Jared Tanielu ’17 Cal State Long Beach
Hayden Nighswonger ’17 University of La Verne
Courtney Tseng ’17 Princeton University
Kendall Smith ’16 University of Hawaii
Hannah Kim ’16 University of Colorado
Nick Slope ’16 Cal State Fullerton University
Sidney Kao ’16 Arizona State University
Megan Tanielu ‘15-Cal State Fullerton University
Matt Chang ‘15-Cal Lutheran
Kathy Hernandez ‘15-UC San Diego
Connor Hart ’15- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jared Wright ’15-Fullerton College
Seth Nighswonger ’15-Cal Baptist University
Elijah Slavin ’15-Cal State Fullerton University
Brandon Sellens ’15-University of Arizona
Steven Goodall ’15-University of Arizona
Matt Fukudome ’15-Cal State San Francisco University
Kate Vera ’14-Whittier College
Nick Loomis ‘14-Cal Lutheran
Alex Paxton ‘13-Azusa Pacific University
Cecilia Lunday ‘13-Virgina Military Institute
Will Slope ‘13-Cal Poly SLO
Han Joon Chung ‘13-Cornell
Mike Asendorf ‘13-Cerritos College
Tanner Hart’13-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Cecilya Lundy ‘13-Virginia Military Institute
Alex Paxton ‘13-Azusa Pacific University
Kerstin Laye ‘13-Mount San Antonio College
Connie Garcia ‘13-Cal Poly Pomona
Mitch Jamison '12-New Mexico State
Collin Layana '12-San Diego State
Calvin Liang '12-Tufts University
Lexie Benoit '12- Colgate University
Amanda Solis '12-UCSD
Tatiana Tuccio '12-Gonzaga University
Julia Vanderpool '12-Notre Dame College of Ohio
Kevin Benoit '11-Lehigh University
Matt Luka '11-Western Washington U
Kevin Ly '11-UC Riverside
Kody Lyng '11-Colgate University
Scot Ninokawa '11-UCLA
Mayra Davilla '11-San Diego State U
Alex Hoetker '11-Cal State Northridge
Rachel Lee '10 Long Beach State
Amy Oba '10 UCSD (Pre Med)
Grace Kim '10 UCLA (Pre Dental)
Sarah Oh '10 Biola University
Amanda Rina Tuccio '10 Fullerton CC
Elaine Chiang '10 UCLA
Steven Huang '10-UC Santa Barbara
Sarah Shin '10-Brown University
Devan Lyng '09-University of Colorado
Ryan Sheikh '09-Air Force Academy
Carlie Lyng '09-Cal State Long Beach
Taylor Atnip '09-Colorado School of Mines
Shannon McEwen '07-UC Santa Barbara
Cindy Cheng'06-Long Beach State
Kevin Hong '06-UC Berkely
Blake Cornwell '06-Fullerton CC/?
Christina McEwen '05-Loyola Marymount
Sam Chang '05-Harvard
Jennifer Crampton '05-Cal Poly Pomona
Amber Tice '05-Cal. State Fullerton
Joe Choi '05-Annapolis (Naval Academy)
Shawn Jun '04-US Naval Academy
Jon Kim '04-Pomona Pitzer
Alex Su '04-Pomona Pitzer
Jesse Meyer '04-Mt. San Antonio
Mike Peltzer '04-UC Irvine
Sarah Kim '04-University of Hawaii
Linda Kim '04-Fullerton UCLA
Jessica Ajoux '03-Princeton
Margaret Lim '03-UC Irvine
Nicole Layana '03-UC Irvine
We Are Saddened
Weekly Aquatic Agenda (check here for updates and “what’s next” for all aquatic teams.) Click here
Does Water Polo Help You Get Into College? Check out these comments from college admissions officers and decide for yourself!
Incoming Water Polo Players- Are you new to our program? We are excited you have decided to accept our challenge. Click here
All Time Swimming Records- The following swim records are as official as we know. If you can provide us with documented (as in a Freeway League Championship meet time) we will adjust our record board! Submit a time
Women’s 200 Med Relay- 1:50.90 (E Mc Ilveen, M Lee, C Tseng, S Bowles) 2017
Men’s 200 Med Relay-1:37.68 (S Kao, J Nasu, L Mao, N Slope) 2016
Women’s 200 Freestyle-Jane Kim 1:49.19 (2005)
Men’s 200 Freestyle-Mark Bucko 1:41.57 (1979)
Women’s 200 IM- Courtney Tseng 2:02.00 (2017)
Men’s 200 IM-Omar Amar 1:56.60 (1992)
Women’s 50 Freestyle- Kim Rosso :24.12 (1985)
Men’s 50 Freestyle-Mike Spicer :20.95 (1981)
Women’s 100 Butterfly- Maya Lee :58.51 (2018)
Men’s 100 Butterfly-Hironari Sakoda :50.12 (1998)
Women’s 100 Freestyle-Jane Kim :51.67 (2005)
Men’s 100 Freestyle- Mark Bucko :46.72 (1979)
Women’s 500 Freestyle-Courtney Tseng 4:45.92 (2017)
Men’s 500 Freestyle-Sidney Kao 4:32.41 (2014)
Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay-1:43.19 (S Bowles, Priscilla Luna, M Lee, C Tseng) 2016
Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay-1:26.81 (S Kao, J Nasu, L Mao, N Slope) 2016
Women’s 100 Backstroke-Carissa Abe :56.53 (2003)
Men’s 100 Backstroke-Ahmed Hussein :49.91 (2000)
Women’s 100 Breastroke- Artie Sotiropolous 1:07.30 (2005)
Men’s 100 Breastroke- Seann Schielle :59.32 (1994
Women’s 400 Freestyle Relay- 3:36.44 (C Tseng, I Mc Ilveen, N Maslog, M Lee) 2017
Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay-3:11.50 (M, Bucko, T O’Donnell, P Atkinson, D Kanahele) 1978