The year just ended brought a number of significant milestones, most of them good, to the area covered by The Record, including a couple of noteworthy sports accomplishments, completion of a major highway project, the end of a couple of eras in our history, the celebration of another and possibly the beginning of another of historical proportions.
George H. Lazzaro Jr. was diving at 127 feet to retrieve testing equipment in Aberdeen Proving Ground's Super Pond shortly after 1:30 p.m. last Jan. 30, when he told his dive mates via radio he was "losing air, losing air fast."
Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Class Jason M. Bennett, Senior Chief Navy Diver James C. Burger, Senior Chief Navy Diver David C. Jones and Chief Navy Diver Gary G. Ladd Jr. were charged with dereliction of duty in the deaths of Diver 1st Class James Reyher, 29, and Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris, 22.
The Army's Aberdeen Test Center will not contest any of the safety violations cited by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration in connection with the death of a civilian diver at the post's Underwater Test Facility.
Six Aberdeen Divers, including five "first timers", competed and showed off their skills at the Central Maryland Dive League Championship meet at the Waugh Chapel Swim Club in Gambrills recently. This meet is the culmination of the two month diving season and only the top divers are invited to compete.
Alyssa Carestia, a former gymnast, remained undefeated through four diving meets this season in the Central Maryland Dive League, while Amanda Kretschmer grabbed first place in just her second dive meet ever and Nicholas Mooney took first place in both meets last week. All three are members of the Aberdeen Dive Team.
Orioles beat writer Eduardo A. Encina sat down with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts before Wednesday game against the Royals to talk about his recovery from multiple concussions and the one-year anniversary of his last game. His head-first slide into first base on May 16, 2011 trigged a second onset of concussion symptoms.
The year Doris Russell swam in her first meet, Franklin D. Roosevelt was in his first term as president and F. Scott Fitzgerald published "Tender is the Night." Seventy-seven years later, the long-time Ellicott City resident is not only still swimming regularly, she's still breaking records.