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Springville-Griffith Institute boys swim team heads to Erie County Interscholastic Conference

GREAT JOB — Pictured, from left: Nolan West, Trey Aebly, Mitch Bunic and Don Piatek pose together, after getting fourth place, during in the 200-free relay, during the Erie County Interscholastic Conference. Photo submitted by Katie Shelley.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute swimming and diving team took to the pool at Sweet Home High School, for the diving part of the Erie County Interscholastic Conference.

The meet involved small and larger schools, with 25 divers, overall.

Springville swimmers Christian Krasnek and Hunter Louth qualified for the competition. Both performed 11 dives. Krasnek finished sixth, with a score of 287.70, and Louth finishing 10th, with a score of 260.90.

Both divers advanced the Class “B” Championships, on Feb. 8.

“Both athletes helped contribute team points towards the ECIC overall points,” said Coach Katie Shelley. “Both divers have come a long way from last year and I am excited to see how well they do, this coming weekend.”

Feb. 2 marked the swimming part of the ECIC meet. “For not being able to practice both Thursday and Friday, right before this competition [due to bad weather and after-school activities’ being cancelled], the team did as best as they could,” Shelley said. “As a team, we were all hoping for better results, but they swam with true heart on Saturday and have realized a valuable lesson: Practice is extremely important, [in] the sport of swimming.”

The 200-medley relay finished fifth, overall, missing a fourth place patch.

Bradley Zifra swam his personal best, during the 200-individual medley, with a time of 2:36.87 and finished second, in his heat.

Senior Trevor Cooper swam his personal best, during the 100-fly, with a time of 1:13.64. He took first place, during his heat.

Donald Piatek swam his best in the 100-free, with a time of 55.72, and took second, in his heat, finishing 10th, overall.

Eighth grader Nolan West swam his best, in the 500-free, with a time of 5:39.40 and finished seventh, overall.

The 200-free relay team of Trey Aebly, West, Piatek and Mitchell Bunic finished in fourth place, overall, with a time of 1:38.97, earning each an ECIC green patch.

Piatek also swam in the 100-backstroke and placed seventh, overall.

O’Hara swam the 100-breaststroke, with a time of 1:17.63, tying his personal best and taking first, in his heat.

Aebly also swam the breaststroke, with a time of 1:10.57, and took seventh, during his heat.

The team scored 167 points, during the meet, good enough for sixth, overall. The team finished in ninth place, last year.

“It feels great to see the team moving up a few spots and definitely getting faster with their times,” Shelley said.

Select members of the team traveled to Maryvale for the Class “B” Championships, on Feb. 8 and 9.

“With a full week of practice and getting back in the water, I am excited to see how well the team does,” Shelley added.
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