Palomar Invitational Recap


Joshua Owens and team mates freestyle during practice. Photo credit: Emily Curiel

Emily Curiel

The Falcons won their season opener at the Palomar Invitational in San Diego this past weekend on Feb. 6.

Head Coach Joe Abing was happy with the outcome of how his swimmers came through.

He said, “It was a great weekend, good first meet to have. Everybody preformed well. It was a lot of fun, the guys swam real well, it kind of let us know where we are, but then also think about where they want to go in terms of finishing the season.”

As breaststroke swimmer and Captain Marlon Moreno said, “We’re gonna get even better this season!” And by the looks of it that’s exactly what these swimmers are committed to doing.

He added, “The whole team did well, for the first swimming meet.”

Moreno was able to help his team out by winning third over all in the 100 meter breast stroke, 50 meter breast stroke, and he got second in the finale for 50 meter freestyle.

Not all finished the meet happy. Butterfly stroke swimmer, Isiah Gayton was not happy with his performance.

He said, “The meet didn’t go as great as I wanted to. I had no explosiveness off the walls and my kick wasn’t there.” Gayton went on to say that his team did pretty good but he feels as though he should have contributed more.

With all the high hopes and motivation, the Falcons are ready for their next competition against their conference rivals.

Abing said, “We’ll be able to see how strong our conference looks this year and how we’ll measure up. Either way we just want to do our best. It’ll be exciting to see how well we measure up against everybody else.”

The Falcons will make their next splash and hopefully scatter some swimmers out of the water for the South Coast Conference Pentathlon at noon on Feb. 13 at Rio Hondo College.