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Springville divers highlight class swimming championships

SPRINGVILLE—Three Springville-Griffith Institute divers scored a collective 48 points to help the team to a ninth-place finish at the Class B swimming championships at Maryvale High School Feb. 9.

Wyatt Fuller dominated the field and was the lone diver with a score good enough to qualify him for state competition. His 462.20 score was more than 100 points ahead of the next closest diver and a dozen more than needed to qualify for states as he continued his dominance in diving by having won every event he has participated in this year.

Dakota Schelble finished third in diving with 313.05 points and in the process qualified for sectional competition, while Jackson Rickert was seventh with 265.05 points. The totals accrued by the Griffin divers almost accounted for half of their 108 total team points.

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In individual competition, the team was hurt by the absence of Zach Hughey and a pair of disqualifications. Jon Boberg was the lone Griffin to score points in individual competition when he finished 11th in the 200 yard individual medley with a 2:19.15 time.

The depth of the Griffin relay team roster was evident with three top-10 finishes and 54 collective team points with Blaze Schelbe leading the way and being the lone Griff as a part of all three relays.

Springville’s sixth-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay was its best scoring 26 points and qualifying for sectional competition. The foursome of Blaze Schelbe, Dominic Hartenstein, Elliot Emley and Boberg finished in 1:38.90.

Dakota Schelble joined sibling Blaze in a 10th place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay at 3:52.50. Eric Schweickert and Hartenstein comprised the rest of the group. Springville also finished 10th in the 200 yard medley relay and qualified for sectional competition with a 1:56.45 time. The latter group consisted of Schelble, Schweickert, Emley and Boberg.

Springville’s 108 points put them in the middle of the pack with eight teams producing better scores and finishing ahead of seven. East Aurora finished first with 394 points and was nearly 100 points ahead of second-place Grand Island. After the Blue Devils and Vikings was Starpoint, Amherst, Albion, Williamsville South, Lewiston-Porter and Dunkirk, respectively.

Springville bested Olean, Maryvale, Iroquois, City Honors, Pioneer, Lakeshore and Cheektowaga, respectively. Sectional preliminary competition begins Feb. 15 at University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena and concludes the following day.

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