TONAWANDA – The Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming team defeated two opponents by almost identical scores last week and in the process, captured first place in 22 of 24 combined events.
Springville traveled to Tonawanda Jan. 18 and scored a 65-36 win and then hosted St. Francis the following day with a 62-34 victory.
In Springville’s final weekend home meet, the team hosted the Red Raiders for Senior Night to honor Springville’s Dylan Noeller and Dominic Hartenstein.
“You couldn’t ask for two better kids and they were really great role models for the younger guys,” head coach Duane Boberg said about the departing pair.
“[Hartenstein’s] been a great swimmer since joining the team five years ago,” Boberg said. “He thought about not coming back last year but did and ended up competing in the class championships, so we’re really happy about that.
“I wish we would have had [Noeller] for all four years and I wish he hadn’t gotten hurt for the two years we didn’t have him,” Boberg said. “I think he could have been a really big piece to our puzzle without the injuries.”
Against St. Francis, Jon Boberg was the lone Griff to capture multiple individual events with wins at the 200 yard individual medley (2:27.76) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:15.66). In addition, Boberg was part of two of his team’s three relay wins at 200 yards (medley and freestyle).
Five other Griffin swimmers took home first places that included Wyatt Fuller (280.88 diving points), Blaze Schelble (200 yard freestyle, 2:15.02), Elliot Emley (50 yard freestyle, 25.67), Hartenstein (100 yard freestyle, 57.49) and Zach Hughey (100 yard backstroke, 1:03.45).
Four of the aforementioned individual winners joined Boberg with a pair of relay wins that included Schelble, Emley, Hartenstein and Hughey. Austin Yetter also captured a pair of relay wins. The Griffs took both freestyle relays with times of 2:15.02 (200 yard) and 4:05.08 (400 yard) and also captured the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 1:59.80.
Against Tonawanda, the Griffins took first in each of the 12 events and were led by three who recorded a pair of wins in individual events that included Boberg, Emley and Eric Schweickert. Single individual events were won by Fuller, Hughey and Schelble, while the team also captured all three relay races with a 2:00.13 time in the 200 yard medley by swimmers Hughey, Yetter, Boberg and Hartenstein; a 1:44.29 time in the 200 yard freestyle with Hartenstein, Emley, Boberg and Jackson Richert and the 400 yard freestyle with Emley, Richert, Yetter and Schweickert at 4:10.67.
Boberg won the 200 yard individual medley (2:26.71) and the 100 yard butterfly (1:07.05). Emley took home the 50 yard freestyle (25.12) and the 100 yard freestyle (56.99). Schweickert captured the 200 yard freestyle (2:16.21) and the 500 yard freestyle (6:14.91).
Winning single events were Fuller at diving (219.30 points), Hughey at the 100 yard backstroke (1:04.33) and Schelble at the 100 yard breaststroke (1:18.39).
A pair of Springville divers rounded out the week at the Lockport Diving Invitational at the Lockport High School Natatorium Jan. 20. This event saw a collection of the top divers in the Niagara Frontier League and Section VI.
Fuller took second place in the Varsity 11 dive meet with 430.40 points and was about 10 points behind first-place Jacob Minnick of host Lockport with 440.35 points. Both Fuller and Dakota Schelble qualified for sectional championship competition with their performances.