The 200-free relay team with their patches
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming and diving team ended the year with an 8-2 record overall, with only one of these loses coming in the division. The team placed second in the division, for the third straight year, and had a winning record, for the fifth straight year.
This year was the closest the boys have come to beating a dominant East Aurora team in many years. This was their only division loss. All three relay teams broke school records, this year. The 200-medley of Don Piatek, Trey Aebly, Mitch Bunic and senior Ryan O’Hara, broke their school record with a time of 1 minute, 47.8 seconds. The 200-free of Piatek, Aebly, Nolan West and Bunic broke a 17-year-old record by 2.5 seconds, with a time of 1:34.05. This put them in 10th place in Section 6. The 400-free relay of O’Hara Piatek, West and Bunic broke the 18-year-old school record by 9.9 seconds, with a time of 3:29.77. Bunic also broke his own school record in the 100-reaststroke by 2.1 seconds, with a time of 1:03.68. This earned him fifth place at sectionals.
The 400-free relay team shows off their badges
The post-season started with Erie County Interscholastic Conference A. The diving combo of Chris Krasnek, in fourth, earning him a sectional score and Hunter Louth, in eighth, scored points for the team. Both divers had already scored high enough to advance them to the class level, during the season. The 200-medley of Piatek, Aebly, Bunic and O’Hara earned a third-place patch. The 200-free relay of Piatek Aebly,West Bunic earned a second-place patch and the 400-free relay of Garrett Olrogg, senior captain Elliott Tessmer, West, senior O’Hara earned sixth place and a spot in sectionals.
Individually, West earned 10th in the 200-free, Tessmer got ninth in the 200-IM, Brad Zifra got 19th in the 200-IM, Aebly got fifth in the 50-free and fourth in the 100-breaststroke. O’Hara had his best time, with eighth in the 50-free and ninth in the 100-fly, a best time and sectional time. West got 11th in the 100-free; Piatek had 18th in the 100-free. Piatek took 10th; Zifra had 15th and Olrogg had 17th, in the 100-back. Bunic got second in the 100-breaststroke, while Jake Gorski got 17th and Tessmer had 18th, in the 100-breaststroke.
Newcomers to the post-season were Greyson Louth, first-year swimmer Matt Sobota, Levi VonIderstien, Kurt Ushold and Dominic Hartenstein. Olrogg and Gorski also made the cut time for the 100-free. Zifra made time in the 200-IM.
The team came in fourth place overall, out of 14 teams.
In the Class B meet were seniors Tessmer and O’Hara, Bunic, Piatek, Aebly, West, Krasnek and Louth. The divers were first up, with Louth coming in sixth, with 331.90, which earned him a spot in sectionals; Krasnek placed 12th. He had already earned a spot at sectionals. West had 14th in the 200-free, a sectional time; captain Tessmer had 12th in 200I-IM, Bunic earned a third-place patch in the 50-free, with Aebly in 13th and O’Hara 16th, also in the 50-free. O’Hara also took 11th, in the 100-fly, to earn a sectional time. West got 11th; Piatek had 12th, in the 100-free and Aebly earned a fourth-place patch in the 100-breaststroke, with Tessmer in 12th. The 200-free relay of Piatek, Aebly, West and Bunic earned a second-place patch.
The school-record 400-free relay of O’Hara, Piatek, West and Bunic also earned a second-place patch. Bunic and Piatek both gave up individual events to swim in this relay. The team finished seventh overall, at this meet.
Sectionals, which bring all 37 schools with swim programs in Section 6 with swim programs together, was next for S-GI. Those were Tessmer, in the 400-free relay; O’Hara, in the 100-free, 100-fly, 200-medley relay and 400-free relay; Bunic, in the 200-free, 50-free, 100-fly, 100-free, 500-free, 100-back, 200-IM, 100-breaststroke, 200-medley and 200-free relays; Aebly in the 50-free, 100-breaststroke, 200-medley and 200-free relays; West, in the 200-free, 200-free and 400-free relays; Piatek, in the 200-medley, 200-free and 400-free relays.
A total of 16 divers earned spots at sectionals and S-GI had two of the younger ones there. Krasnek scored his best 11-dive score of 338, for 10th place. Hunter Louth was unable to dive because of an injury.
The 200-medley relay placed 14th, the 200-free relay placed 11th and the 400-free relay placed 17th.
Individually, Bunic earned 15th in the 50-free and fifth in the 100-breaststroke, with a new school record of 1:03.68. Aebly earned 14th, in the 100-breaststroke. The team placed 19th, up from 36th, last year.
This year’s team consisted of eighth-grader Hartenstien, ninth-graders VonIderstein, West, Ushold, 10th-graders Hunter and Greyson Louth, Krasnek, Matt Sobota, Zifra, 11th-graders Kyle Schultz, Aebly, Gorski, Olrogg, Piatek, Bunic, seniors Tessmer and O’Hara.