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Springville-GI swimming and diving team goes 1 – 1

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming and diving team defeated the Cheektowaga Warriors on Jan. 15 by a score of 116 – 70.

First place finishers included the 200-medley relay team of Don Piatek, Trey Aebly, Ryan O’Hara and Mitch Bunic, with a time of 154.46.

Nolan West took first, in the 200-free and Bunic took first, in the 200-individual medley.

Aebly took the 50-free and Hunter Louth finished first, in diving. O’Hara took first, in the 100-fly and Garret Olrogg took first, in the 100-back.

Bunic won the 500-free and West came in second. Piatek took the 100-back and Aebly finished his string of first place finishes, by winning the 100-breaststroke, for his third first place finish of the meet. The 400-free relay of West, Olrogg, Bunic and Piatek finished first, to close out the meet.

On Jan. 18, the Griffins took on Iroquois, losing to the visiting Chiefs in a non-league match. The Griffins entered the meet, down two swimmers, due to injuries.

“It definitely was a tough loss, for all of us,” said Coach Katie Shelley. “As I have told the boys in the past, we can, and will, win most of our meets, this year, if we all stay healthy. We were missing two, for Friday’s meet, and it definitely had a huge impact on the lineup and having to move people around. I really wish we could compete against them again, this season, once everyone is back and healthy.”

Shelley said that she believed the meet could have ended differently but “I guess we will have to wait until next year to do that and I’m sure we will, as they have a few seniors and we only have one.”

West racked up a time of 2:01.80, in the 200-free. Trey Aebly and O’Hara had times of 24.98 and 25.96 in the 50-free. Louth scored a 184.05 in diving. Piatek finished the 100-fly, in 1:05.53. Trevor Cooper swam the 100-free in 59.96 and West finished the 500-free in 5:39.59. Piatek completed the 100-back in 1:04.61.

“Many of these first place and second place finishes were determined by hundredths of a second,” Shelley said. “If we had a full, healthy team, I definitely think things would have been very different, in the end.”

The boys’ regular schedule continued, with meets against Maryvale on Jan. 25 and at home against Amherst Jan. 29.
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