Sunny Hills

Water Polo, Swimming & Diving

"Sunny Hills Aquatics-It's not some game I play, it's what I am"

Questions?  Ask Coach Nighswonger


Something To Shoot For





Amanda Solis

'09 '10 '11 '12


Kendall Smith

'13 '14 '15 '16



'08 '09 '10 '11


Josh Klein

'04 '05 '06 '07



Kendall Smith



Christina McEwen 



Brittany Cornwell



Alex Hoetker



Kate Vera



Kendall Smith



Cecilya Lundy



Amanda Solis



Josh Klein 



Alex Hoetker



Amanda Solis



Mike Asendorf



Amanda Solis



Collin Layana



Josh Klein



Blake Cornwell



Save Leaders





Nick Loomis

'11 '12 '13


Kathy Hernandez

'13 '14 '15



'09 '10 '11


Sarah Shin

'07 '08 '09



Guardian Lancers

The highest award that a player can receive in our

program is the Guardian Lancer Award.  These are the

captains of our program.”  You are not named a guardian you become one.


Kristian Chernov ‘19

Cole Seibel  ‘20

Jonathan Sulveran ‘20

Josh Beutter ‘21


Bella Guerrero ‘18

Skylar Bowles ‘18

Isabel Dhillon ‘19

Priscilla Luna ‘19

Diana Wang ‘19

Chris Hwang ‘18


Luke Waugh ‘19

Ben Slope ‘18

Hannah Kim ‘18

Bridget Valdez ‘18


Diana Vargas ‘16

Paulina Luna ‘16

Marissa Khalil ‘17

Tara James ‘17

Jordan Jamie ‘17

Bradley Olivolo ‘17

Tim Koo ‘17

TJ Mandvi ‘17

Hayden Nighswonger ‘17

Thomas Loomis ‘17

Reed Herzog ‘18

Brian Moran ‘17

Daniel Hernandez ‘18


Kevin Glavy '16

Nick Slope '16

Hannah Kim ‘16

Jared Tanielu '17

Kendall Smith ‘16

Matt Fukudome '15

Brandon Sellens '15


Megan Tanielu '15

Kathy Hernandez '15

Connor Hart '15

Seth Nighswonger '15

Matt Chang '15

Elijah Slaven '15

Lucky Jordan '15


Kate Vera '14

Sabrina Jamison '15

Kevin Chant '14

Jared Wright '15


Lexie Benoit '12

Tatiana Tuccio '12

Connie Garcia '13

Alex Paxton '12

Collin Layana '12

Tanner Hart '13

Nick Loomis '14


Kevin Benoit '11

Mike Asendorf '13


Alex Su '04

Kat Cerasuolo '11

Jordan Klein '11

Alex Hoetker '11

Amanda Solis '12

Steve Huang '10

Scott Ninokawa '11


Andrew Lim  '09

Carlie Lyng '09

Devan Lyng '09

Sarah Shin '10

Rachel Lee '10

AmandaRinaTuccio '10


Alyssa Pecora '08

Gretchen Williams '08

Katelyn Forester '08

Jesse Klein '09

Philip Hodge '08

Ryan Sheikh '09

Andy Matsuyama '08


Ariel Gentalen '08

Rachel Vinus-Glazer '07

Cynthia DeWees '07

Jazzmyn Benitez '07

Brittany Cornwell '09

Jordan Bonifacio '07

ScottSmithMatungol '08

Aaron Ninokawa '08


Karina Toriz '07


Jennifer Crampton '05

Sarah Shawesh '05

Shauna Sinclair '05

Cindy Cheng '06

Shannon McEwen '07

Bobby Verry '05

Joe Choi '05

Peter Ahn '07


Amber Tice '05

Christina McEwen '05 

Jesse Meyer '04


Linda Kim '04

Sam Chang '05

Jon Kim '04


Margaret Lim '03

Jessica Ajoux '03

Nicole Layana '03

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:

  • All Of The Good People This Program Has Produced
  • 4 CIF Championships (Boys WP)
  • 2 CIF Swim and Dive Championships (Girls)
  • 14 Times CIF Runner Up (Boys WP)
  • 30 Freeway League Championships (Boys WP)
  • 24 Straight Freeway League Championships (Boys WP) 1969-1993
  • 5 Freeway League Champions 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010 and 2011 (Girls) Since 2000.
  • CIF Playoff Qualifiers 16 times in 17 years (Girls WP)
  • Omar Amr '92, 2004 United States Olympian (Water Polo)
  • Two Navy Seals (Carlo Franzia ’94 and Joe Choi ’05)


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

Justin Yoo'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

Phillip Hodge'08-Stanford

Alyssa Pecora '08-Cal State Monterey Bay

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!

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Incoming Water Polo Players- Are you new to our program?  We are excited you have decided to accept our challenge.  Click here


Sunny Hills Swim and Dive Legacy Award Winners:

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.”


Nathan Chang ‘17

Courtney Tseng ‘17



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