SPRINGVILLE — At the beginning of the season, the Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming diving team has already broken a pool record and defeated reigning division champion Cleveland Hill.
“Going into the meet, I told the boys. ‘Here we go. This is long overdue. Tides are changing and its our turn to earn the victory. I told them to go and beat themselves; get their own best times and that’s all I could ask for,” Coach Katie Shelley said.
Her boys took on Cleveland Hill High School on Dec. 14. Last year, that team beat Springville, to capture the division title. This meet was a different story. The Griffs beat their host 96 – 88.
The Griffs split meets, during the Dec. 17 – 21 school week, beating Tonawanda and losing to East Aurora.
On Dec. 18, the Griffs hosted Tonawanda and defeated the visiting Warriors 72 – 30. Both medley teams took first and third, out of the gate.
Nolan West and Elliott Tessmer finished first and second, respectively, in the 200-free. Donny Piatek took first in the 200-individual medley and Hunter Louth took first in diving, for the fourth time this season. Louth also qualified to go the Class B championships, in the process.
Sam Shepard finished behind Louth, to take second. Mitchell Bunic and West took first and second in the 500-free. Garrett Olrogg took first in the 100-back, with Brad Zifra’s finishing behind, to take second. Trey Aebly and Jake Gorski took first and second, respectively, in the 100-breaststroke. The two 400-free relays took first and second, as well.
The boys traveled to East Aurora on Dec. 20, to take on the Blue Devils. East Aurora sits at the top of Springville’s division, Erie County Interscholastic Conference III.
According to Shelley, the Griffs lost a “hard fought” match 75 – 110. “It was a great meet, but a tough loss for the team,” she said. “We really tried for the win, but just not quite enough.”
Springville-GI took the lead, out of the gate. Halfway through the meet, East Aurora tied it up and took a 3-point lead.
“Unfortunately, many of [the events] did not go in our favor,” Shelley said. “As a coach, though, I am still very happy with the team’s results. Many of the boys swam their best times yet, this season, and qualified for upcoming championship meets.”
Out of the gate, Springville’s medley relays took first and third, while West took second in the 200-free and Kurt Uschold took fifth.
Bunic took first in the 200-IM, while Piatek took fourth place. Aebly earned second place, in the 50-free and Tessmer took fifth.
Louth took second in diving, while Shepard took third and Zifra took fourth. Ryan O’Hara took third in the 100-fly and Trevor Cooper took fifth.
Bunic took first in the 100-free and Olrogg took fourth place. West took second in the 500-free and Piatek took fourth place.
The 200-free relay took third place. Olrogg took second in the 100-back and Zifra took fifth place. Aebly took second in the 100-breast and Tessmer taking third. Gorski took fourth place. The 400-free relay took second place.
“The boys swam hard and are looking forward to improving and racing, during their next swimming and diving meet,” Shelley said.
The boys will take on Eden on Jan. 8 at home, to kick off the new year.