SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming and diving team started the season with a win, at Lake Shore High School. The 200-medley relay team of Don Piatek, Trey Aebly, Ryan O’Hara and Mitch Bunic broke their own record from last year. They shaved off approximately half a second, for a new time of 1 minute, 50.09 seconds.
The time qualified the team for sectionals. Bunic also qualified for sectionals, with a first-place time of 2:00.69 in the 200-freestyle.
Springville took first place in nine out of 12 events, and it came down to the last race, the 400-freestyle relay, to decide the meet. Springville’s team of O’Hara, Nolan West, Garrett Olrogg and Bunic took first place, by five seconds, to secure the win 93-92. Strong finishes for everyone, including Kurt Ushold, Kyle Schultz, Jake Gorski, Brad Zifra and senior captain Elliott Tessmer helped secure the meet.
In the home opener, on Dec. 6, the team looked to avenge last year’s loss against Iroquois. The boys did just that, with a 63-49 victory. During the 200-freestyle relay, the team of Aebly, Piatek, West and Bunic broke the pool record, dropping two seconds, for a time of 1:37.12. Diver
Christian Krasnek had a second-place finish, with 181.95. Springville also took first and second place, in four events.
The younger boys on the team showed great improvement in their times from last year, according to the coach.
Those include Levi Von Inderstein, Ushold, Schultz, Dominic Hartenstein, Greyson Louth, Zifra and newcomer Matt Sobota. Bunic also qualified for sectionals in the 50-freestyle and the 100-butterfly.
Tonawanda visited S-GI on Dec. 10 and the team traveled to Maryvale on Dec. 12.