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Springville-GI boys swimming and diving team competes at sectionals

MY ELEMENT IS WATER — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming and diving team ended the season on a high note, with a visit to Clarence High School for the section VI championship. Photos courtesy of Katie Shelley.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming team competed in its final meet of the season on Feb. 15 and 16, at Clarence High School.

Clarence hosted the Section VI championship. The preliminary meets took place on Feb. 15.

To qualify for the Section VI preliminaries, swimmers must have been able to not only make the cut line, but be in the top 24 of those who did.

“It has been a long swimming and diving season,” Coach Katie Shelley said. “There have been some good days and some bad days; some easy days and some difficult days; some fun days and some serious days. And many 18 hour-days, to only get up and do it all over again, the next day. But, at the end of each season, I always look back, and realize it was all worth it.”

The 200-medley team consisting of Don Piatek, Trey Aebly, Ryan O’Hara and Mitchell Bunic qualified for the meet and had a “fantastic swim,” according to the coach.

SETTING THE BAR HIGH — Mitch Bunic basks in the glory of breaking a school record. Pictured, from left: Don Piatek, Bunic, Trey Aebly and Coach Katie Shelley.
Bunic also swam in the 50-free and 100-breaststroke.

The Section VI finals were held on Feb. 16. To qualify, swimmers must have finished in the top, during preliminaries. Bunic had qualified, in the 100-breaststroke, and finished 11th out of 16 swimmers from all over Western New York.

WE’RE NO. 1 — The Springville-GI boys swimming and diving team is pictured, in a group huddle with the coach, during the Section VI championships.
In the process, Bunic broke a 32-year-old school record, which was previously set in 1981. Bunic finished with a time of 1:05.79.

“Not too shabby. Two school records and one pool record were broken, this year,” Shelley said, about the boys’ efforts. “[I] can’t wait to see what happens next year. I am very proud of this team’s accomplishments this year. I would also like to wish [team senior] Trevor Cooper good luck, with college and all future endeavors.”

The team held its third annual family swim night on Feb. 27 at the Springville High School pool, to end the season.

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