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Springville-GI swimming and diving team places ninth at Class B championships

STICKING TOGETHER — Springville divers Christian Krasnek (left) and Hunter Louth competed at the Class B championships, held on Feb. 8. Photos submitted by Katie Shelley.
SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute divers Christian Krasnek and Hunter Louth qualified for and competed at the Class B championships, held Feb. 8.

Both athletes are freshman at Springville-GI. Krasnek took eighth place, while Louth placed ninth.

“You don’t see that many freshmen divers competing at the Class B championships, so that is an accomplishment in itself,” said Coach Katie Shelley, about the boys.

The swim portion of the meet was held Feb. 9. Eight of the 21 members of the local team qualified for the meet, via a relay team or an individual event.

Springville-GI finished ninth, out of the 19 teams that participated.

DIVE RIGHT IN — The Springville-Griffith Institute swimming and diving team competed at the Class B championships on Feb. 8 and 9.
The 200-medley relay, consisting of Donald Piatek, Trey Aebly, Ryan O’Hara and Mitchell Bunic, finished sixth, overall. Eighth grader Nolan West swam the 200-free and took 19th place.

Aebly swam the 50-free and took fourth, during his heat, while O’Hara finished fourth in his heat, swimming the 100-fly. Bunic competed in the 100-fly and finished sixth, out 16 swimmers. Nolan West swam in the 500-free and finished second, in his heat. The 200-relay team of Aebly, West, Piatek and Bunic took seventh, overall, out of 17 teams.

Piatek swam the 100-backstroke and earned first place, in his heat, finishing in eighth place, overall.

Aebly and Bunic both swam the 100-breaststroke and finish sixth and eighth, respectively, and took sixth and ninth place, overall.

The 400-free relay consisting of West, O’Hara, Garrett Olrogg and Piatek took seventh place, overall.

“These finishes may not sound fantastic, but they are,” Shelley said, about her team’s performance.

“Many people fail to realize that these eighth graders and underclassmen are competing against many other upperclassmen; mainly juniors and seniors,” the coach said.

“By the time S-GI’s relays are full of juniors and seniors, Springville will be the team to try and beat. This group of athletes are absolutely going to be the ones to watch, as they continue to practice and race together.”
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