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Girls Water Polo ends season with a splash

Junior Whitney Lybbert and Sophomore Emma Cutter participate in a Varsity Water Polo practice. Photo by Maddie Meilinger

After an all-around exhilarating and action-packed season, Bear River’s Water Polo team brought this year’s season to a close after their second game in Sectionals.

Following their vigorous practicing during the late summer, games began, and the players were more than ready to face their competitors. Even more importantly, they said that they wanted to have a fun and memorable season.

During the season itself, the players had an overall positive outlook on how things were going.

“We’re doing pretty good,” said Ashley Darr, a senior.

“Throughout this season, we have been steadily developing our skills,” said a freshman, Emma Gawley. “All of the players on the JV team have never played before. We are doing well, and learning everything we need to know.”

“The season is fantastic,” said Maggie O’Callaghan, another senior.

Even though the girls might not have won every game, they said that they had unwavering confidence that their season would end well.

“I think overall the season will finish on a good note,” said Francesca (Frankie) Slane, a freshman.

In the end, the girls were proven to be accurate about their season ending nicely. This was confirmed by Water Polo Coach Daryn Glasgow.

“The women’s team made it to the Semi Final round of playoffs for the Sac Joaquin Section, so it was an incredibly successful season,” she said.

According to O’Callaghan, their first sectional game was tense, interesting, and fun all at once.

“It was good,” she said. “It was close; we started out, we got a lead, and we kind of got behind just a little bit in the second quarter, and then the third and fourth we totally just took the game back. It was a close and exciting game, and those are the best kind.”

Even after the thrilling victory of their first playoff game, they sadly lost the second one. However, the girls came to a general consensus that it still remained to be an exciting and memorable experience.

A few players stated their favorite part about being on the water polo team.

“What I enjoy most about water polo is getting to play with some really cool girls,” O’Callaghan said. “I met some nice, fun people, and they make the sport so enjoyable.”

“My favorite part about water polo is just the fun experiences and being with the team,” said Gawley.

Coach Glasgow reported her view on the season.

“They were led by Senior Maggie O’Callaghan and definitely improved every game they played,” she said.

Gawley expanded on her views on O’Callaghan, explaining what kind of an impact she thinks this long-time player has made on the team. 

“I think Maggie will definitely leave her legacy on our team and will inspire us for years to come,” she said.

Several players shared their final thoughts on their successful season.

“This is my first year playing, so it’s really fun,” Darr said.

“Overall the season was a very positive season,” Gawley said. “I will definitely be playing all throughout high school.”

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Girls Water Polo ends season with a splash