COMING UP FOR AIR — S-GI varsity’s Elliott Tessmer does his part during a match against Eden. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming and diving team is off to an undefeated, 3-0 start to their season, after a 72-30 win over Eden. The victory saw Springville obtain seven first-place finishes and eight second-place finishes. According to the coach, the most impressive performance was put together by Springville’s 200-medley relay team of Mitch Bunic, Nolan West, Trey Aebly and Don Piatek that broke their own school record, once again, with a time of 1 minute, 49.53 seconds.
“It’s just desire. There are a bunch of records on that board that have been there a really long time and they all have their eye set on one or two of them,” said Springville coach Duane Boberg, of his team’s efforts. “That’s what they’re reaching for. Everyone is pushing each other, to do the best of their ability.”
Other first-place finishes included Bunic, in the 50-freestyle, Brad Zifra, in the 200-individual medley, Ryan O’Hara, in the 100-freestyle, and Nolan West in the 100-backstroke. Springville’s 400-freestyle relay team of Bunic, O’Hara, West and Jake Gorski also took home a first-place finish.
“They’re a great bunch of kids,” said Boberg. “They’re very team-oriented and that was a goal of mine, coming into the year. Swimming is an individual sport, wrapped around a team. The stronger the team can be, all around, the better it will be for everyone.”
Second-place finishes against Eden included West, in the 200-freestyle, Piatek, in the 200-individual medley, Aebly, in the 50-freestyle, Zifra, in the 100-butterfly, Garret Olrogg, in the 100-backstroke, Elliott Tessmer, in the 100-breastroke and Hunter Louth, in diving. Springville’s other 200-medley relay team of Olrogg, O’Hara, Gorski and Tessmer also took home a second-place finish.
A WINNING SQUAD — A few of Springville’s swimmers stopped for a snapshot, during the Eden meet. From left, back row: Don Piatek and Mitch Bunic. Front row: Nolan West and Trey Aebly.
This is Boberg’s first season coaching the varsity team. Boberg has been involved with the Springville club team for a number of years and has worked with a number of his swimmers, prior to this season. Boberg said he wanted to thank Katie Shelley, who coached Springville’s team, for five years, up until this season.
After a 3-0 start, Springville already has their eyes on a meet with East Aurora on Jan. 10. Even after a hot start, Boberg said he will look for his squad to continue their improvement.
“Our main objective is to take down East Aurora, who has won the division for probably the last 20 years,” said the new coach.
“I think we have to get in a little better condition. We need to work on our condition and our technique, but that’s really been coming along. That’s really what it comes down to.”
Springville hosted Tonawanda on Dec. 19 and St. Francis on Dec. 20.