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Swimmers break 18-year-old record in 200-free relay

A New Record For The Books On Jan. 24, the Springville-Griffith Institute boys swim team picked up win No. 8 in Depew, with a score of 118-63, propelling the whole team to the Erie County Interscholastic Conference championship meet on Feb. 1. There, the boys 200-freestyle-relay team broke an 18-year-old record. From left: Mitchell Bunic, Nolan West, Donald Piatek and Trey Aebly.

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute swimming and diving team finished its regular season with wins over Pioneer 71-31 and Depew 118-63. This left the team with an overall record of 8-2, good for second place in Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division IV, for the second year in a row.

Against Pioneer, Springville went first and second in five events: Nolan West and Don Piatek in the 200-individual medley, Chris Krasnek and Hunter Louth in diving, West and Garrett Olrogg in the 100-free, both 200-free relay teams and Trey Aebly and Jake Gorski in the 100-breaststroke. The 200-medley and 400-free relays also took first place. Chris Krasnek scored 211 in diving, for his highest score of the year.

Against Depew, the Griffs took first and second, in seven events. The 200-free relay team of Piatek, Aebly, West and Mitchell Bunic broke the 18-year-old school record, with a time of 1 minute, 35.69 seconds. This put them in the top 10 times in Western New York. First and second places were earned by Elliott Tessmer and Brad Zifra, 200-individual medly; Aebly and Ryan O’Hara, 50-free; with Greyson Louth earning third; Hunter Louth and Krasnek, diving; Bunic and O’Hara, 100-fly; West and Piatek 100-free; Bunic and Aebly, 100-breaststroke; Olrogg and Piatek, 100-back.

The 200-medley and 400-free relay teams once again took first places. West also earned first in the 200-free, with his best time of the year, at 1:58.55. Matt Sobota and Dominic Hartenstein earned first and second in the junior varsity 50-free and second and third in the 100-free.

Kurt Uschold earned his best time of the year, in the 500-free, with a time of 6:39.62.

“Everyone on this team has worked very hard this year, with great result and times by all,” said coach Duane Boberg. “This weekend starts the post-season tournaments. These young men are primed for a great run.”


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