Water Polo, Swimming & Diving
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5 New Guardian Lancers Named
The Freeway League Champion Sunny Hills Lancers Girls Water Polo team named five new Guardian Lancers at the annual awards banquet this week. Riley Godfrey, Sydney Sereg, Leoni Nguyen, Kelly Wert and Kristima Aryal join the fraternity of Sunny Hills Lancer water polo players who have placed team before themselves and dedicated their efforts to preserving the legacy of Sunny Hills Water Polo.
All CIF Honors
5 members ofThe Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Freeway League Championship Water Polo team have been named to the All CIF Division 3 Team.
1st Team All D-3 CIF-Kaya Hart
2nd Team All D-3 CIF -Sydney Sereg
2nd Team All D-3 CIF - Rachel Loomis
3rd Team All D-3 CIF -Cecilia Smith
3rd All D-3 CIF - Riley Godfrey
Lady Lancers All Freeway League Team
Seven members of The Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Freeway League Championship Water Polo team have been named to the All Freeway League team. The list of names ties the record for Sunny Hills Water Polo Freeway League award winners:
Player of The Year-Kaya Hart
1st Team All Freeway League-Sydney Sereg
1st Team All Freeway League- Rachel Loomis
1st Team All Freeway League-Cecilia Smith
2nd Team All Freeway League- Riley Godfrey
2nd Team All Freeway League-Mary-Grace Rovira
2nd Team All Freeway League- Leoni Ngyuen
Lady Lancers Add 3 Straight Title To Impressive List
The Sunny Hills Lady Lancer Water Polo team won its third straight Freeway League Championship with a strong performance in its carousal championship match against Troy. The Lancers were dominant in their 9-5 victory. The Lancers have now won 25 straight Freeway League matches, the longest league winning streak in school history.
Lancers Add Two More Guardian Lancers!
Jacob Brooks and Kyle Lee are the newest additions to the growing list of Guardian Lancers. The Guardian Lancer Award is the highest honor a Sunny Hills Water Polo player can earn. It represents outstanding leadership potential and recognizes the sacrifice it takes be a true team player.
Lancers Are CIF Division 3 Runner Up!
On a day that would see the Lady Lancers set 4 school swimming records and record several all-time PBs Sunny Hills came up just short of Crescenta Valley in the Division 3 CIF finals on Thursday. The Lady Lancers set records in all three relays and Sophmore Katie Cho set the Sunny Hills all time butterfly record with an amazing time of :55.93. The medal dash was impressive as Sunny Hills won a total of 11 medals. Next for the Lady Lancers is a trip to Fresno for the CIF State Meet.
Cho Destroys Butterfly Record
Katie Cho has broken the 100 yard Butterfly record at Sunny Hills. With an impressive swim of :56.08 at the Mount Sac Meet Of Champions, Cho broke the record set last year by Teammate, Maya Lee. There are still more swims this season so we will watch to see if this record gets broken again!
Post Season Honors For Lady Lancers
After winning their second consecutive Freeway League Championship and making their second consecutive run to the final four of Division 4 CIF, several Lady Lancers earned All Freeway League and All CIF honors:
· Diana Wang-Freeway League Player of The Year
· Isabel Dhillon-1st Team All Freeway League
· Priscilla Luna-1st Team All Freeway League
· Kaya Hart-2nd Team All Freeway League
· Sydney Sereg-2nd Team All Freeway League
· Rachel Loomis-2nd Team All Freeway League
· Kaya Hart-1st Team All CIF
· Priscilla Luna-1st Team All CIF
· Diana Wang-2nd Team All CIF
· Isabel Dhillon-3rd Team All CIF
· Sydney Sereg-3rd Team All CIF
3 New Guardian Lancers Added
Rachel Loomis, Cecilia Smith and Kaya Hart have been added to the long list of Guardian Lancers. The trio has demonstrated tremendous commitment and dedication to our water polo program as they continue to push us to a higher standard!
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003
Isabel Dhillon ’19 Claremont-Harvey Mudd
Diana Wang ’19 Brown University
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
Weekly Aquatic Agenda (check here for updates and “what’s next” for all aquatic teams.) Click here
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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
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- 1:47.64 (K. Yee, M Lee, K. Cho, K. Chow) 2019
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- Katie Cho :55.93 (2019)
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-1:42.28 (P. Luna, M. Shin, E. Chai, C. Chai) 2019
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- 3:34.92 (E. McIlveen, M. Lee, K. Cho, K. Chow) 2019
Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay-3:11.50 (M, Bucko, T O’Donnell, P Atkinson, D Kanahele) 1978