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Springville-GI boys swimming and diving team update

SPRINGVILLE — On Jan. 22, the Springville-Griffith Institute boys varsity swim team took on St. Francis, for the second time, this season.

The Griffins conquered the Red Raiders, during the first meet of the year, at 75 – 26. Springville swept the Catholic school, this season, following a 71 – 30 triumph, during the second meeting.

The medley relay team of Don Piatek, Trey Aebly, Ryan O’Hara and Mitch Bunic finished first, with a time of 1:55.2. Bunic also took first, in the 200-free and was part of the winning 400-free relay team of Aebly, Jake Gorski and O’Hara.

Elliott Tessmer took first, in the 200-individual medley, with a time of 2:28.59. Aebly finished first, in the 50-free, with a time of 26.11.

Hunter Louth and Sam Shepard took first and second place, respectively. The only senior on the squad, Trevor Coop, took first place, during the 100-free, with a time of 1:00.15.

Piatek, O’Hara, Tessmer and Aebly teamed up, to take first, in the 200-free relay, while the other team of Garrett Olrogg, Kyle Schultz, Gorski and Cooper finished second. Olrogg also won the 100-back, with a time of 1:09.85.

Bunic and Tessmer took first and second, in the 100-breaststroke, with Bunic’s finishing in 1:10.13 and Tessmer in 1:16.78.

The boys took on the Maryvale Flyers on Jan. 25. The Griffins beat their opponents 116 – 70.

Coach Katie Shelley said that several Springville athletes qualified for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference Championship “A” meet, during this matchup, which “was very exciting, for both them personally, and the team.”

The Griffins swept the relays, winning the medley, 400-free and the 200-free. Bunic and Nolan West took first and second, respectively, in the 200-free. Tessmer took first, in the 200-IM.

Springville took the top two spots in diving, as Christian Krasnek took first and Louth took second. Bunic also won the 500-free.

Greyson Louth and Kurt Uschold both swam personal best times, taking several seconds off their times, according to Shelley. West, Piatek, and Olrogg took the top three, during the 100-back, with West’s taking first place. Aebly took first, in the 100-breast stroke.

The following day, on Jan. 26, several members of the team traveled to the ECIC Championship “B” meet.

Taking sixth place out of 15 teams in the medley relay were Dominic Hartenstein, Kyle Shultz, Levi VonIderstein and Louth. Schultz took second place, during the 200-IM.

Louth finished in fifth place, out of the 58 swimmers competing in the 50-free event. Shepard was the Griffis’ lone first place finisher, as he won in diving, against 12 other athletes. Uschold took seventh and VonIderstein took eighth, in the 100-fly. VonIderstein also finish eighth, overall, in the 100-free.

Louth finished in third place, in the 500-freestyle. The 200-freestyle relay team of VonIderstein, Shultz, Louth and Paul Frank finished in fifth place, overall. Hartenstein took second place, overall, as he swam his personal best time in the 100-backstroke. The team took home 11 ribbons total, from this meet.

The Griffins also took on Amherst, on Jan. 29.

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