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Springville-Griffith Institute swim season kicks off

THE WINNERS — Springville-Griffith Institute’s swimmers of the week are Elizabeth Rehrauer and Sydney Emley.

SPRINGVILLE — Tuesday, Sept. 18 marked the beginning of the swimming season at Springville-Griffith Institute. During its first meet, Springville defeated home team Tonawanda 69 – 32. The following day featured a home meet with Holland, which Springville also won, by 77 – 32. To close out the week, the swim team hosted Alden on Sept. 21 and improved to 3 – 0, when the home team took the 81 – 20 victory.

Upon the conclusion of Springville’s undefeated week, Elizabeth “Libby” Rehrauer and Sydney Emley were named the S-GI swimmers of the week.

Rehrauer, a sophomore, dropped her time in the 100 breaststroke in each of those three meets and set a personal best against Alden, when she finished in 1:22.75.

She has also been part of the 200-medley relay team (50 free), swimming a 50 breaststroke, as well as the school’s 200-free relay swim team. In the latter, she brought her time below 30 seconds – fulfilling a personal goal, according to her coach, Karen Reynolds.

Rehrauer qualified for Erie County Interscholastic Conference in both the 100 breaststroke and the 200-medley relay. In addition, she is three 100ths of a second away from a 50-free time for ECIC. “Libby is being recognized as swimmer of the week for her great time improvements so early in the season,” Reynolds said.

Sydney is a seventh grader who joined the team this fall. Despite her not having any experience in competitive swimming, she has already made her mark with the varsity swim team, according to her coach.

“Over the past month, Sydney has developed her skills and each week she shows improvements in her time,” Reynolds said. “She is always listening to coaches’ and teammates’ advice, as to how to better her strokes and turns. She is a hard worker and is putting in 100 percent. We are very glad to have Emley on this team and look forward to her growth not only this season, but in future seasons.”

The swim team continued its undefeated start with a win on Sept. 25 in Cleveland Hill 129 – 61. Eden came to Springville and handed S-GI its first loss of the season, on Sept. 27, with a final score of 64 – 38. The Springville swim team took a 4 – 1 record into its meet on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in a road meet against Lackawanna.

Springville’s next meet is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. against Salamanca at Salamanca High School.

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