Smith Point Wins, 6th National Lifeguard Championship!

CAPE MAY — If you happened to be knocked down by a big wave in the Atlantic Ocean Friday, Cape May was the place to be.

More than 1,000 lifeguards from all over the nation gathered in New Jersey’s southernmost seaside resort to compete in the annual U.S. Lifesaving Association’s National Lifeguard Championships. The three-day competition tests lifeguards lifesaving skills with water and beach course events.

It’s a grueling competition that requires intense training.

“The reality is, most of these guards practice year-round to stay in shape and be able to compete at this level,” said Ed Zebrowski, competition chairman of the U.S. Lifesaving Association. “Even if they’re only seasonal guards on the East Coast, they are also working out all winter long so that when the summer comes they’re prepared to compete here.”

Among the 14 events at the competition are surf swims, beach runs, rescue board rescue races and rescue board swim races.

The lifeguards who are participating this weekend had to win regional competitions to advance to the national event in Cape May.

Twelve lifeguards from the Cape May competition will be selected to compete in the world championships in November.

For a detailed look at the second day of the competition, check out the photo gallery by Star-Ledger photographer Aris Economopoulosand the video by Star-Ledger videographer Adya Beasley.



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CHAPTER POINTS (‘B’). (after 157 events)



1. Smith Point NY                        270

2. Fort Lauderdale                       109.5

3. Boca Raton                              71.75

4. Destin                                        69

5. Hollywood Beach                     53.25

6. Fire Island Ocean Rescue       45

7. Delray Beach Ocean Rescue   38

8. Town of Palm Beach                19.5

9. Lantana                                      9

10. Long Beach Lifeguard Assoc 7

11. Town of Hempstead NY          5

  1. 12.Atlantic Beach                         0.5

For full results please click here.



Kristen Purdy – National Champion in Run-Swim-Run Open

4 x 100 Men National Champions

Alex Triani, Jon Coumo, Christian Roarke and Brian Costello

4 x 100 Women National Champions

Brianne Jackolski, Elaina Thibideau, Christa Narus and Courtney Dooley.

National Champion Surf Swim Kristen Purdy.

National Champion Surf Swim Charlie Lydecker (Masters)

National Champion Landline Dana Purdy, Mike Brocki, Erik Gorman, Mariusz Borkowski

National Champion Beach Flags Open Brian Costello

National Champion Beach Flags Open Brianne Jackolski

National Champion Beach Flags Brian Babst (Seniors 30-34)

National Champion Beach Flags Matt Simonton (Seniors 35-39)

National Champion Beach Flags DJ Simonton (Masters 40-44)

National Champion Beach Flags Jim Dooley (Masters 45-49)

National Champion 2K Beach Run Jon Coumo

National Champion 2K Beach Run Courtney Dooley

National Champion 2K Beach Run Charlie Lydecker (Masters)

National Champion 2K Beach Run Allison Hoffman (Seniors)

National Champion Run-Swim-Run Charlie Lydecker (Masters)

August 12, 2012

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