Each year Ocean certified lifeguards from the Mid-Atlantic States compete in a Regional Lifesaving Tournament. The Rehoboth Beach Patrol hosted this year’s event, on Wednesday, July 10th, 2014 at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
The United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) sanctions tournaments like these to promote the advancement of lifeguarding techniques, encourage camaraderie amongst lifesaving professionals and to educate the public regarding beach safety.
Teams from New York to Virginia entered over 250 athletes, ranging in age from 16 to 53. Smith Point entered 28 of its lifeguards in this year’s highly competitive event. Each team competed in men’s and women’s division in eight events, which included a distance swim, distance run, surf rescue, rescue board race, run-swim-run, landline, 4 x 100 yard sprint and much anticipated beach flags.
When the competition was over, Smith Point had several top finishers and boasted 2 Regional Champions. Trevor Maida took 2nd place in the 2K beach run. Lifeguard Jackie Dominger, Mackenzie Coleman and Julia Horan were in the top 10 for the distance swim.
Additionally, Dominger and Coleman took 4th place in the rescue race. Lifeguards Scribner, Barsauskas, Konarski and Sandi Woodhead took first place in Landline event. Julia Horan swam away with a 4th place finish in run-swim-run.
The men and women also had some strong finishes in beach flags. Lifeguards Woodhead and Lynch took 2nd and 8th place respectively in women beach flags… Men beach flags finished with impressive 4th (Christian Roarke), 3rd (Garrett Thibideau), 2nd (Brian Costello) and 1st place finish by Regional Champion – Blayne Jackolski.
More pictures to follow…