By Jaime Cárdenas
SWC Sports Information Director
CHULA VISTA Southwestern College men’s and women’s water polo teams will compete in the Pacific Coast Conference championship tournament this weekend Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8 at Miramar College.
The women’s team (2-6, 6-18) is led by Neshmil Ariy, the state’s top goal scorer and steals leader, Regina Hibbard and Emily Armas.
Hibbard and Armas both rank in the top 10 in the state in assist with 34 and 32, respectively. Ariy, a sophomore from Chula Vista High School, has scored 113 goals and recorded 87 steals.
Protecting the Lady Jaguars’ net is goalkeeper Laura Hamilton, who has 57 saves in the season.
The men’s team (0-8, 0-16) has yet to win a game this season, which makes them a very dangerous team. Talk within the team is that they will get their first win during the PCC tournament. The Jaguars losing streak extends to last season, when they finished the season winless.
Leading the men’s squad is Galen Maddocks, the teams scoring leader with 31 goals, Joel Larimer and goalkeeper Kit Coughling.
Larimer leads the teams in assists (21) and steals (17) and Coughling tops the Jaguars with 71 saves.
Jennifer Harper, who is both the men’s and women’s head coach, is assisted by Kelly Falcone on the women’s team and Dan Way on the men’s team.
The five team tournament includes Grossmont, Pal-omar, San Diego Mesa, host Miramar, and Southwestern College.
Grossmont, ranked fourth in the state among men’s teams and seventh among women’s team, is the favorite going into the tournament.
Last Tuesday, in a preview of the PCC championships, the Jaguars hosted Grossmont in a men’s and women’s double-header to conclude the 2003 regular season. The matches, which were originally scheduled for Oct. 30, were being played due to postponement caused by fires experienced in San Diego County last week.
Jaguars lost both games. The men’s team lost 16-6 and the women’s team, behind four goals from Ariy and two from Hibbard, lost 14-7.