Photo Credit: Nikole Pikulik
On Monday, July 29th, lifeguards from across Long Island came together for a day of intense competition to see who is the best on the Island. Many times the competition resembles the USLA National Lifeguard Championships, as year after year, the same individuals wind up competing for the same title at the national level.
The annual Joseph W. Dooley Long Island Lifeguard Championship is comprised of eight events. This year, Smith Point hosted seven teams: East Hampton Town, Jones Beach, Long Beach, Smith Point, Westhampton, Town of Islip and Town of Hempstead. Each team is made up of twelve competitors. All eight events are exciting to watch, local favorite is always landline (standard Smith Point rescue) and beach flags.
Jones Beach and Long Beach Lifeguards came out of the gate super fast, dominating the distance swim. Smith Point, not to be outmatched won the next two events, 2K and Double Yoke Rescue. East Hampton and Jones Beach not too far behind scoring valuable points throughout the tournament. The scoreboard changed leadership 5 times! In the end, Smith Point Lifeguards solidified their 2019 L. I. Lifeguard Championship by winning 4 x 100 Soft Sand Relay and Beach Flags. It was a great day filled with excitement and great education in lifesaving skills for Suffolk County Patrons.
Halifax Insurance Partners’ Long Distance Swim
1st Place Long Beach and Jones Beach; 3rd Place East Hampton; 4th Place Smith Point; 5th Place West Hampton; 6th Place Town of Islip; 7th Place Town of Hempstead
2K Beach Run
1st Place Smith Point; 2nd Place Long Beach; 3rd Place Town of Islip; 4th Place East Hampton; 5th Place Jones Beach; 6th Place Town of Hempstead and West Hampton
Global Surf Industries’ Double Yoke (Three guard rescue)
1st Place Smith Point; 2nd Place Long Beach; 3rd Place Jones Beach; 4th Place Town of Islip; 5th Place West Hampton; 6th Place East Hampton, 7th Place Town of Hempstead
Rescue Board Relay
1st Place East Hampton; 2nd Town of Hempstead; 3rd Place Long Beach; 4th Place Jones Beach; 5th Place Town of Islip; 6th Place Smith Point; 7th Place West Hampton
1st Place Jones Beach; 2nd Place Smith Point, 3rd Long Beach; 4th Place East Hampton, 5th Place West Hampton, 6th Place Town of Hempstead, 7th Place Town of Islip
CrossFit Undertow 4 X 100 Soft Sand Relay
1st Place Smith Point; 2nd Place East Hampton; 3rd Place West Hampton; 4th Place Town of Hempstead; 5th Place Long Beach; 6th Place Town of Islip, 7th Place Jones Beach
Charlie Lydecker and Family’s Run – Swim – Run Relay
1st Place Jones Beach; 2nd Place East Hampton; 3rd Place Long Beach; 4th Place Smith Point; 5th Place Town of Islip; 6th Place West Hampton; 7th Place Town of Hempstead
Handy Pantry’s Beach Flags
1st Place Smith Point; 2nd Place Long Beach; 3rd Place Town of Hempstead; 4th Place West Hampton; 5th Place East Hampton; 6th Place Jones Beach; 7th Place Town of Islip
Total Overall Score:
1st Place Smith Point (48 Points)
2nd Place Long Beach (43 Points)
3rd Place East Hampton (38 Points)
3rd Place Jones Beach (38 Points)
5th Place West Hampton (22 Points)
6th Place Town of Islip (21 Points)
6th Place Town of Hempstead (21 Points)
This is a developing story/post… more information is forthcoming soon.