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Rivalries reign

Swim teams at both Bear River and Nevada Union are loaded with talent this season, according to their respective coaches.

Each team also has one nemesis to deal with during league competition; for Bear River, it’s Placer, and for the Miners, it’s Granite Bay.

Nevada Union

Kyle Virva is among the best on Nevada Union’s swim team, but a little more than three years ago, he had never competed.

“His first meet ever was three years ago Saturday,” Miners coach John Sultan said of the senior on March 22. “He really can do anything: butterfly, 200 (yard) individual medley, sprint freestyles.

“I think he’s terrifically talented. He’s really worked hard the last three years to get to the level he’s at. I think he’s going to contend for section titles.”

Other boys Sultan said could have shots at section championships are juniors Elitt Golnik (sprint freestyles) and Nicolas Ingersoll (breaststroke).

For the girls, sophomore Haley Porter has already made a name for herself with three school records (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly).

The Miners have cruised through this young season, with the exception of their March 9 hiccup at Granite Bay.

The Grizzlies, who made the switch with NU from the Metro Conference to the Sierra Foothill League for the 2006-07 school year, are the only opponents to have defeated the Miners in a dual meet in three years.

Nevada Union swims again at 4 p.m. today in a home meet against Oakmont.

Bear River

Bear River didn’t just celebrate the start to its season last Friday against Placer, the Bruins also dove into their first competition in the school’s new pool, which was officially opened during the fall water polo season.

Friday was the only meet of the season thus far and the Bruins girls won, while the boys lost. To head coach Taryn Loehr, however, individual performances take precedence.

And individuals she has.

Sophomore girls Elana Faria and Allison Dayton provide the Bruins with youthful sparks, while senior Shannon Dayton is also a potential section-championship competitor, says Loehr.

The boys will also be returning much of this season’s talent; they’re led by juniors Bryan Agnew, Chase Rogers, and Ryan Bock, who Loehr calls the team’s best backstroker.

Five Bear River swimmers, according to Loehr, have already qualified for the mid-May section meet.


To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail jeffm@theunion.com or call 477-4247.

Bear River

Sport: Co-ed swimming

Coach: Taryn Loehr, 8th season

Last season’s record: 4-1

Key losses: Jessica Agnew, Scott Martin

Key returnees: Alana Faria, Allison Dayton, Shannon Dayton, Bryan Agnew, Chase Rogers, Ryan Bock

Conference: Pioneer Valley League

Nevada Union

Sport: Co-ed wimming

Coach: John Sultan, 3rd season

Last season’s record: 4-1

Key losses: Drew Harris, Jon Huffman-Eddy, Whitney Stephenson

Key returnees: Haley Porter, Caitlin Lee, Colleen Heauser, Kyle Virva

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