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Springville-Griffith Institute boys swim team smashes another record

JUST KEEP SWIMMING — Pictured is the Springville-Griffith Institute 200-medley relay team that recently broke a school record. Pictured, from left: Don Piatek, Trey Aebly, Ryan O'Hara and Mitch Bunic. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — After breaking a pool record earlier in the season, Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity swimmers Trey Aebly, Don Piatek, Ryan O’Hara and Mitchell Bunic set their sights on a school record, in the 200-medley relay.

The same group that broke a pool record in the 200-meter free relay broke the 200-medley relay record on Jan. 11 against Depew, with a time of 1:50.53, beating the previous school record time of 1:51. The team also got first place, during that meet.

Each swimmer performs a different stroke, for 50 meters, during a 200-meter relay. Piatek swam the backstroke, Aebly swam the breaststroke, O’Hara swam the fly and Bunic anchored the last leg, swimming the freestyle.

“We are all so excited and can’t wait to see how much more time the team can drop, once championship meets arrive,” Coach Katie Shelley said, about the relay team.

Nolan West took first place in the 200-free, missing the qualifying time for the Section VI competition by 1 second.

Elliott Tessmer and Garret Olrogg finished first and second, respectively, in the 200-IM.

Kyle Schultz swam the 200-IM and qualified for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference competition. Bunic and Aebly finished first and second, respectively, in the 50-free, after their record-breaking performances in the medley relay.

Greyson Louth swam his personal best, during the 50-free, and just missed qualifying for the ECIC competition.

The Griffins swept the diving event, with Hunter Louth’s, Sam Shepard’s and Christian Krasnek’s finishing first, second and third, respectively.

O’Hara and Piatek took first and second, in the 100-fly, while Bunic and West took first and second, in the 100-free.

The 200-free relay of Aebly, West, Piatek and Bunic took first place. Aebly and Tessmer took first and second in the 100-breaststroke, as Aebly beat his personal best time. The 400-free relay of West, Cooper, O’Hara and Piatek closed out the meet’s first place finishes.

Many personal best times were also set, including Dominic Hartenstein’s personal best time in the 200-freestyle and the 100-backstroke. Paul Frank got personal bests in the 50-free and 100-free.

Jonathan Arriaga swam his best time of the year, in the 50-free and the 100-free. Louth had his best times of the year, in the 100-free and 100-fly.

Brad Zifra swam the 500 and dropped 17 seconds off his previous personal best time, as well as 3 seconds off his 100-backstroke time.

“I am so pleased with the effort that the team is putting forth and it is showing in our meets,” Shelley said. “Not only are the veterans on the team doing fantastic, but the newer members are dropping time, too, and picking up on their mistakes, so that they can correct them for next time. It’s great to know, as a coach, that what you are telling your athletes to do, they are actually taking it to heart and putting it to use.”

The Springville-GI swimming and diving team beat the visiting Eden Raiders 73 – 29 in a Jan. 8 home meet. Springville accumulated 10 first place finishes and many personal best times, according to Shelley.

The Griffins came out of the gates, with the winning medley relay of West, Aebly, Bunic and O’Hara. Bunic and Piatek finished first and second, in the 200-freestyle. Elliot Tessmer took first in the 200-IM.

Hunter Louth took first, in diving. This athlete is the No. 9-ranked diver in Western New York, according to The Buffalo News’ diving leaders.

Shepard finished second, behind Louth and Krasnek, who returned to diving for the team, after visiting Chile for five weeks. Kranek qualified for ECIC, with a score of 184.65. O’Hara and Trevor Cooper finished first and second, in the 100-fly, while West took first place, in the 500-freestyle.

The 200-free relay team of Piatek, O’Hara, Aebly and Bunic took first place. West and Olrogg took first and second, in the 100-backstroke, as did Aebly and Tessmer, during the 100-breaststroke. The 400-free relay of Olrogg, O’Hara, Piatek and Bunic came from behind, to take first place.

“When you have a group of kids that truly want to be on a team, not just to ‘wear a uniform,’ but rather to represent their school, families and community, it makes a world of a difference,” Shelley said. “Each one of them are there to ultimately improve themselves, which, by default, improves the team, as a whole.”

The boys hosted Iroquois on Jan. 18.

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