While the Islanders Boys Water Polo season may have ended back in November after the team fell in CIF Open Division Playoffs, there were still a pair of Islanders who have received recognition following the end of the 2021 season.
Coronado had two players who were named to the second-team all-league. The first Islander Honored was goalie Sebastian Palomera. Palomera did a fantastic job of denying opponents shots all season long, no matter what the range. Perhaps his finest performance in a mid-season was the overtime win against Valhalla when Palomera recorded double-digit saves, including two from inside seven yards that many would call point-blank range, and even more impressive, he recorded saves on two penalty shots. It was just one of several games that showcased his talents in the pool.
The other Islander receiving All-League was senior Jack Hilinski. Hilinski was named to the All-League team and was also named second-team all San Diego county. All season long, no matter the opponent, Hilinski showed up and showed out. He was easily one of the most dominant goal scorers for the Islanders, but in all of San Diego county as well. And while the senior will be departing Coronado High School this spring, the Islander standout will be continuing his water polo career at UCLA, one of the most storied and dominant collegiate water polo programs in the nation.