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.
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
12.Atlantic Beach 0.5
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CHAPTERS NOT LISTED ARE YET TO OBTAIN PTS.
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)