The Springville-Griffith Institute Girls Varsity Swim team has started their 2022 season off with a 2-1 record.
The Griffins outmatched Pioneer and Cleveland Hill with significant wins and fell short by 4 points to a tough Alden team,53-49.
According to Coach Karen Reynolds, SGI has a solid team of 22; four 7th graders, five 8th graders, one freshman, six sophomores, three juniors and three seniors.
"Our loss to Alden didn’t disappoint us because we had over 30 time improvements and ECIC qualifiers," Reynolds said.
The diving team consists of 8th grader Kate Regan and 7th grader Emma Benz.
"Kate was introduced to the sport of diving last year and developed the basic skill-set to perform 6 dives," Reynolds said. "This season she has increased her difficulty and is performing dives at a higher level. A huge accomplishment for her is that she achieved an ECIC score of 170 and a new PR!"
"Emma Benz, who dual sports with modified soccer, debuted in her first varsity 6-dive meet and did exceptionally well scoring a 143," Reynolds added.
Additionally, she noted, that many of the swimmers are "exploding" this season and adding more strength, speed and depth to the team.
"Julia Uhteg, Gabby Cerasani, Corinne McAndrew, Erin Baker are all returning athletes that I can put anywhere in the lineup and will produce a top finish and excel," she said. "However, now we have Taylor Casey, Mara Swan Campanella, Ella Ploetz, Brooke Ruzycki, Kendra Cook, Meredith Gunsolus, Kiersten Crone, Maggie Parish, Abigail Blake, Helen Emerling, Cora Cudney, Riley Ballantyne and Danika Westbrook who are adding more depth to our roster and making stronger relays for SGI. "
Reynolds added, "It is exciting to have such a young team who are experienced with competitive swimming."
SGI will travel for away meets to Tonawanda on Friday, Sept. 16 as well as Holland on Sept. 23 and Eden on Sept. 27. The team will host a home meet on Oct. 4 against Depew.