FLORIDA—Springville-Griffith Institute alums Brad Zifra and Greyson Louth completed their swimming careers at Erie Community College at the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships March 7-10 at the Wilder Aquatic Complex in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Zifra recorded four school records at the NJCAA Championships with three in individual events and one with a relay team in helping the ECC men’s swimming team to a ninth-place finish.
Zifra scored points in each of the four finals events he participated in individually and co-led the men’s team with four top-15 finishes with teammate Jonathan Pilot.
The sophomore was able to record three school records in those four events with a pair of top 10 finishes. Zifra’s best individual finish was ninth in the 100 yard individual medley with a school record time of 56.58.
Zifra set two school records in the 100 yard butterfly with a 10th place finish and a 54.57 time. The split time in that event after 50 yards was 25.33, which was also a new school record.
The former Griff was also a part of three top 10 relay teams for the Kats with the best reaching the podium with an eighth-place finish and new school record time of 3:43.41 in the 400 yard medley relay with teammates Pilot, Mike Oldman and Charlie May.
Zifra was part of a pair of ninth-place relay finishes with the first in the 200 yard medley (1:42.71) and the other in the 400 yard freestyle (3:21.15). Louth was a part of the latter relay and also had a ninth-place relay finish in the 800 yard freestyle (7:57.58).
Zifra scored points in two other events for the Kats that ended in 13th-place finishes at 200 yards. The first was in the individual medley (2:02.35) with the other in the breaststroke (2:16.32). Louth also had a 13th-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle (52.16).
The Erie men’s swimming team finished with 165 points. Host school Indian River State College captured its 44th consecutive national junior college title, although unlike Erie, it is a scholarship school that recruits both nationally and internationally for its swimmers.