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2015 Season

February 6
Waterman Pentathlon Diving (Palomar)
8 am

Feb 6-7
Waterman Pentathlon (Palomar)
1 pm/9 am

February 13
SCC Swimming Pentathlon (Rio Hondo)
12 pm

February 14
SCC Diving Pentathlon
(El Camino)
12 pm

February 19-21
MtSAC Invitational
1 pm/11:30 am/8:30 am

February 27
Long Beach/El Camino (home)
12:30 pm

March 6-7
Chaffey Invitational (RCC)
1 pm/9 am

March 13
(East LA)
12:30 pm

March 20
Mt SAC/Rio Hondo (Rio Hondo)
12:30 pm

March 27
Cerritos/LA Trade Tech (Cerritos)
12:30 pm

April 3-4
Pasadena Invitational
8 am/9 am

April 10-11
SCC Diving Championships
(El Camino)
12 pm

April 16-18
SCC Championships
(East LA)
10 am/2:30 pm

Mike Dickson

Mike Dickson
Coach - Men's Swimming & Diving

For nearly a quarter of a century Mike Dickson has guided Chaffey College’s aquatics programs, coaching some top notch swimmers and water polo players. Dickson started at Chaffey College as the men’s and women’s swim coach along with the men’s water polo coach. During his nine seasons as Panthers water polo coach Dickson led them to three state playoffs appearances and their most recent Foothill Conference title in 1980.

Chaffey College has won swimming titles for men’s in 1984, 1985, 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1995. The women won conference championships in 1983, 1984, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1995.

"We need to have good high schools and a good, competitive facility," said Dickson about running a successful swimming program. "We need to be able to draw in the club swimmers."

Dickson has been blessed with more than his share of talented swimmers. In the past 23 years a total of 150 individuals or relay race teams have been named All-American, based on having one of the top 16 times in a particular event. From this year’s squad eight individual and one relay time made the qualifying marks. Ati Yuliani led the women’s squad at the state finals by finishing third in both the 500 freestyle and 200 individual medley, as well as garnering second in the 1,650 freestyle. Because of her split time she was named all-American also in the 50 butterfly. All three men’s relay teams placed in the state finals: 800 free, 400 free and 400 medley.

Elsa Masution, who swam at Chaffey, still holds the junior college record for the 100 and 200 individual medleys. Dave Chaves was a diving champion in the 3-meter springboard back in 1985-86 for Chaffey College.

"The problem in recruiting divers is that the high schools have done away with it because of the liability," he said.

Currently the Panthers have two men and one woman who dive. This year the swimming program had 15 men and 13 women at the end of the season, which is the biggest team Dickson has had in several years.

Dickson said he hoped to see a resurgence in the Panther’s men’s water polo program. That will attract more of the top swimmers in the area. If the Panthers start a women’s water polo program, high school girls who compete in both swimming and water polo would be more apt to attend Chaffey College.

When Dickson recruits swimmers he talks about the benefits of attending a community college. Another selling point is that Chaffey College as its own academic counselor for athletes. They also get priority for class registration.

"Good high school swimmers can be competitive here," said Dickson. "When you quote them the qualifying times for races they know exactly what you’re talking about. A few swimmers go on from here to compete at the university level."

Jeff Miller, a Chaffey College alum is a good example of that. Miller helped lead California State University, Bakersfield to two Division II national championships. Most of his swimmers, however end on concentrating on academics. Chaffey College has had great success in placing its swimmers and other athletes into four-year institutions.

Born in Spokane, Wash. Dickson and his family moved to Montclair when he was seven. He graduated Montclair High in 1967 and competed primarily as a diver and also swam the breaststroke and freestyle.

In 1968 and 1973 Dickson dove for the Panthers swim team under the direction of Chaffey College Hall of Fame coach Howard Theurer. During the intermittent years Dickson served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He came back to Cal Poly Pomona, where he dove in 1974. Dickson coached various levels of swimming and diving for Montclair High between 1967 and 1978.

As a member of the Indonesian coaching staff Dickson currently has the opportunity to mentor and prepare Indonesian swimmers for the Southeast Asian Games and Pan-Pacific Games. This has given him the opportunity to travel quite extensively.

Currently Dickson keeps busy teaching aquatics classes. He’s the water safety chairman of the American Red Cross Inland Valley Chapter, instructs life guard training, teaches water safety courses, first aid and CPR. His responsibilities also include teaching weight lifting classes, swimming and diving classes.

Dickson and his wife of 24 years, Bonni, live in Ontario. They have two children. Randy, 29 heads up the drama program at Etiwanda High. Rob, 34 has two children of his own, Robbie, 10 and John, 8.

In his spare time Dickson likes to collect dust jackets from the lat 1930s and early 1940s. He likes to travel as he’s hitch hiked across Europe and also thumbed his way from California to New York. After this semester is over Dickson plans to vacation in Texas.

This summer Dickson will run a swim program for 1,500 children between 8 and 17 with one camp for instructional swimming and another camp for more competitive swimming.

Todd Johnson
Assistant Coach - Men's Swimming

Jason Bradbury
Assistant Coach - Men's Swimming

Jennifer Moon-SpaldingJennifer Spalding
Head Coach -
Women's Swimming

Coach Moon was coached by former Chaffey Head Women's Water Polo Coach Jim Dopf at Riverside Community College. She was an All-American goalie and led the Tigers to the State Championships twice (finishing 2nd and 3rd). In her final year at Riverside, she was named Conference Player of the Year and one of seven State Players of the Year. Coach Moon went on to play at UC Irvine. She has coached Arlington, Riverside and Foothill club teams and at Don Lugo and Notre Dame High Schools. Prior to being named Head Coach of the Chaffey Lady Panthers, she was the assistant coach under Coach Dopf.

Breck WeinyBreck Weiny
Assistant Coach - Women's Swimming


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