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Shore Club just misses dive upset - Riebe dominates Midlakes
By Matt Phelps
The Mercerwood Shore Club diving team came up just 15 points shy of an upset during the Midlakes diving championships Saturday and Sunday. The perennial diving power Newport Hills took the title with 116 points, with the Mercerwood Shore Club second at 101, the Mercer Island Beach Club third with 49 points and the Mercer Island Country Club fourth with 45 points.
``The other teams dove really well,'' said Mercerwood Shore Club diving coach Mike Bersos, who only had 27 of his 45 divers competing in the meet. ``Newport wins every year, but we had a chance this year. The kids had a great time and that is the most important thing to me.''
For as good as Newport Hills was as a team, Beau Riebe was better. The Shore Club swimmer dominated the boys 12-and-under A level with 308.75 points for first place. Brian Maruhashi of the Shore Club took third (197.10).
``It is nice to have a diver like (Riebe),'' said Bersos. ``He knows what to do and we like that score.''
Reibe's score was the highest of any diver at the meet.
Beach Club diver Dani Noonan won the girls 8-and-under A level with a score of 76.3, and Kate Harns of the Shore Club took third (74.5).
In the 8-and-under girls B level Molly Sullivan (MSC) took first (88.7), Kristina Hall (MIBC) took second (72.85), Emily Swaya (MIBC) took third (70.10) and Liana Garvett (MSC) took fifth (67.0).
The Mercer Island Country Club's Patrick Nielson took second in the boys A level 8-and-under (73.5, with Trevor Gullstad (72.90) and Chris Rorem (65.5) placing third and fourth.
The B level 8-and-under boys were led by Nick Harns (MSC) in second place (73.40), and Steven Woolsten (MIBC) in third (61.80).
Taylor March (MSC) took second (163.25) in the girls 10-and-under A level, while Cally Lybeck (MSC - 130.10) and Margaret Litzow (MIBC - 127.00) also placed. The B level saw Bonnie Sullivan (MSC - 106.90) take third and Sarah Bjorneson (MSC - 101.45) place fifth.
The boys 10-and-under A level was won by Cody Hall (MIBC - NA), Conner Nielson (MICC) took third, Justin Rorem (MSC) took fourth and Peter Litzow (MIBC) took fourth. The B level was won by Zach Taylor (MICC - NA) and Brandt Waesche (MSC) took third.
The girls 12-and-under A level was won by Loreal Camp (MICC - 185.30), with Claire Jensen (MIBC - 181.30) second and Maddison Crothamel (MSC - 144.35) taking sixth. The B level had Rosie Welty (MSC - 116.95) second, Brianna Azer (MSC - 108.35) third and Caroline Rowe (MIBC - 91.50) fourth.
Nolan Fisk (MICC - 57.70) took second in the boys 12-and-under B level. At the A level Sawyer Coleman (MSC - 187.45) took first, Ben Hendrick (MICC) took second, Daniel Rowe (MSC - 168.80) was third and Peter Brockway (MIBC - 152.65) was fourth as Island teams swept the category.
The girls 14-and-under A level had Kate Bergnon (MIBC - 188.95) take fourth. The girls B level saw Brenna Fallon (MSC - 150.50) take fourth. While on the boys side Graham Horgdal took second at the B level.
Laura Maruhashi (MSC - 248.00) took second while Amanda Dawson (MICC - 196.85) took third in the girls 17-and-under A level.
Bryan Azer (MSC - 149.10) was the only competitor in the boys A level 17-and-under and Michael Camp (MICC - 224.20) took first in the B level.