SPRINGVILLE—Springville-Griffith Institute alum Christian Krasnek continues to dominate the diving competition with Fredonia State College men’s swimming and diving team, while competing in NCAA Division III.
The sophomore was awarded his third-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference Diver of the Week award Nov. 6, after also winning the conference’s award Oct. 30 and Oct. 23.
The latest award represented his efforts in a tri-meet against SUNY Geneseo and Grove City College Nov. 4, where he swept both diving events at the 1- and 3-meter diving competition. In 1-meter diving, he attained a top score of 295.85, and he recorded a winning total of 323.00 in 3-meter diving.
The previous week against the Rochester Institute of Technology Oct. 28, Krasnek also swept both diving events with scores of 278.35 (1-meter) and 285.90 (3-meter).
The former Griff’s success this year started Oct. 20 against Niagara University with a first-place finish in the 1-meter dive with a 233.05 score and a second-place finish in the 3-meter with a 235.60 and his first of three-consecutive diver of the week accolades. The first-place finish was the only one for the Fredonia team against Niagara, a Division I NCAA school.
Although the Blue Devils have yet to take a meet this season, Krasnek continues to win at almost every diving event and is their top performer as the team heads to break after hosting Nazareth College Nov. 18.
Krasnek helped mentor some of Springville’s current divers before graduating in 2016 with their successes evident in recent years.
“[Krasnek] and Hunter [Louth] both played a large role in helping the dive squad go through a rebuild stage smoothly as they were seniors. Working closely with Jackson Richert and Dakota Schelble, they helped those two make huge gains allowing for them to achieve solid scores the past two years and leaving me extremely excited for this year as they are juniors now,” Springville diving coach Ryan Dygert said.
“[Krasnek] and I have regular conversations about how he's doing, how the Springville divers are doing, and it's great to have that as one of his former coaches. It demonstrates how much he has taken from this program by still staying in touch and reaching out,” Dygert added.
“I honestly can say I'm not surprised by the success he has achieved the past two years as an NCAA athlete. I knew when he was a senior that he was looking for colleges that he would be able to dive at as well as pursue his degree. At Springville he was always in contention with [Louth] as the top diver constantly going back-and-forth and facing very little competition until the end of season,” Dygert said. “However, now that he is at the next level, I'm sure that [he] is finding himself constantly enveloped in what he can do to become better, reach that next level of competition and become a better diver. His mindset and focus have become so much more now that he has put himself into that next level of diving, where the seasons last longer [and] the practices require more time.”