Grossmont men's water polo is coming into fall 2019 after a huge 2018 season of accolades.
In 2018, the Griffin men's water polo team bid the seventh seed into the regional playoffs after holding a top ten state rank all season. They went undefeated in conference (10-0) and captured the conference title for the first time since 2013. Overall, the team finished 24-6 with freshman super-star Brock Kammerer and his brother Cole Kammerer holding All-Southern California First Team honors.
Head coach Ty Lackey is excited to get back into the water, but this time he knows it will be different.
Brock Kammerer is red-shirting, and his brother, Cole, has already graduated. Garrett Durado and Anson Rassmussen (2018 PCAC First Team) are also taking the year off.
Coach Lackey states, "We're preparing for next season when Brock, Garrett and Anson return. We have a freshman team this season and a year in the pool will give them some great experience."
Coach Lackey is excited to see freshman Sam Smith and Paolo Polini compete this season. Sam Smith returns after red-shirting in 2018, and Paolo Polini remains a freshman wild-card.
Daniel Calzada returns this season as the teams only sophomore. He competed in 2017 and red-shirted in 2018. As the starting goalkeeper, Calzada is expected to make the biggest splash of all.
"If we win the conference title again this fall, Calzada will be the reason we pull off the upset," states Lackey. GC's goalkeeper coach, Chad Evennrud, also returns this season to coach Calzada up.
San Diego Mesa's is expected to be the team to beat this fall. GC plays the Olympians October 30, 2019 at SD Mesa College with the men's games beginning at 3:30 p.m all season long.
GC men's water polo's home games are played in La Mesa, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.
|Sep 14||Rio Hondo/Crafton Hills||Miramar College||9, 10:00 am|
|Sep 25||Southwestern||Salv. Army Kroc Center||3:30 pm|
|Sep 27-28||SD Mesa Tournament||SD Mesa College||TBA|
|Oct 2||Crafton Hills||Salv. Army Kroc Center||3:30 pm|
|Oct 2||UCSD Club||UCSD||TBA|
|Oct 9||Palomar/SDSU Club||Salv. Army Kroc Center||3:30 pm|
|Oct 11-12||Riverside Tournament||Riverside College||TBA|
|Oct 19||Chaffey/Occidental||Chaffey College||10, 12:00 pm|
|Oct 23||Miramar||Miramar College||3:30 pm|
|Oct 30||SD Mesa||SD Mesa College||3:30 pm|
|Nov 1-2||Southwestern Tournament||Southwestern College||TBA|
|Nov 8-9||PCAC Championships||Southwestern College||All day|
|Nov 14-16||CCCAA Regional Championship||Riverside College||TBA|
|Nov 22-23||CCCAA State Championship||Golden West College||TBA|
*Schedule is subject to change
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