PREP SWIMMING: Bear River teams dominate, swim away with PVL Championships |

PREP SWIMMING: Bear River teams dominate, swim away with PVL Championships

Both the Bear River boys and girls swim teams claimed Pioneer Valley League banners after an impressive run through the regular season and a dominant showing at the league championships.
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Bear River’s swim team put forth an impressive effort at the Pioneer Valley League Championships last Thursday and Friday, claiming both the girls and boys league titles.

The Bruins’ girls squad won nine individual events and earned a total of 501 points, which was 187 points more than the second place finisher Marysville (314). Bear River’s boys team scored eight individual wins and racked up 449 points, which was 70 points better than second place Colfax (379).

“We had a core group of 23 athletes who were committed to winning a PVL championship for both the teams this year, and each of them were able to play a big role in making that happen,” said Bear River coach Ethan Green.

Leading Bear River’s girls team was Sophie Vigil with individual event wins in the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. Makenna Hensley added wins in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Maggie O’Callaghan won the 50 free event. And, Maddie Meilinger was victorious in the 100 free.

The girls relay team of Alli Kouba, Vigil, Hensley and O’Callaghan won the 200 medley. O’Callaghan, Meilinger, Vigil and Emma Cutter teamed up to win the 200 free relay. And, Cutter, Meilinger, Hensley and Kouba banded together to claim the 400 free relay title.

On the boys side, Dylan Sinclair led the way with wins in the 50 free and 100 free events. Teammate Jett Livingston won the 200 free. Wyatt Ronk brought home the title in the 200 IM. Stuart Wenger won the 100 butterfly. And, Braden Fowler grabbed the 100 breaststroke championship.

The relay team of Sinclair, Fowler, Livingston and Wenger won both the 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

The Bear River team also went undefeated (5-0) in duals during the regular season.

“On the boys side, I’m really proud of the senior leadership by (Sinclair) and (Wenger), bringing that whole squad along,” said Green. “On the girls side, it was more of a total team effort there.”

Vigil, Kouba, Hensley, Meilinger and Cutter, as well as boys swimmers Sinclair, Wenger, Fowler and Livingston will represent the Bruins at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships May 2-4.

Coaches may submit game reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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