Aberdeen dive team battles in loss at season finale

In their regular season finale last week, members of the Aberdeen Dive Team went toe-to-toe with powerhouse Severn River, and after a back-and-forth meet, came up on the losing end of a 44-38 score.

"We had 30 kids on the team this year, and all of them improved their ability significantly during the past two months," head coach Rick Culbertson said after the meet. "I'm very proud of their accomplishments."

Severn River jumped to an 8-1 lead at the beginning of the meet, nearly sweeping the girls 8 and under division. Aberdeen's lone point in those events came from Grace Long, who took a third-place finish.

Aberdeen took control of the meet in the boys 8 and under events, as Rocky Ramsland wrapped up an undefeated regular season by taking first place, while teammate Brendan Doty finished right behind in second place, which gave the local squad a 9-8 advantage in combined points.

After the boys and girls 9-10 section of the meet, Severn River was back in front, 21-13. Aberdeen's Ava Darling took third place in the girls section, while Jeffrey Kretschmer grabbed second in the boys event.

Aberdeen swept the boys and girls 11-12 events to take a 26-25 lead into the intermission. Amanda Kretschmer beat the field in the girls section to go undefeated for the season, while Nick Mooney and Nikki Bayles took first and second, respectively, in the boys competition.

The girls 13-14 event saw Aberdeen's Kendall Archer take first, while teammate Megan King grabbed the second spot.

Severn River, however, swept the boys 13-14 section, tying things at 34-34 heading into the meet's final stage.

Aberdeen was outscored, 18-15, in the boys and girls 15-18 events, which gave Severn River the margin it needed to take an overall victory.

Bel Air High School's Matthew McPhee finished second in the boys 15-18 competition, and Havre de Grace High School's Ben Morris grabbed third place.

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