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Hampton Beach State Park Lifeguards Best in Northeast
Competing against teams from around the Northeast
and Canada, Hampton Beach State Park lifeguards took top honors last Saturday
at the 35th annual Northern New England Lifesaving Championship in Ogunquit,
The entire Hampton Beach team took first place overall. The
men's team placed first and the women's team took second. They competed against lifesavers from Ogunquit, Scarborough
and Wells beaches in Maine; Nantasket and Salisbury, Mass. and Nova
Scotia. "The main competition came from Ogunquit and
Salisbury," said Jim Donahue, Hampton Beach State Park Lifeguard
Chief. "Our lifeguard competition team scored in every event
throughout the day." He said the daily training required for all Hampton Beach
State Park lifeguards and "is a huge contributor to the first place
overall victory and current and future success of the New Hampshire State Beach
Patrol and Hampton Beach lifeguards."
The daily training regime includes physical training, first
aid and use of equipment, which has insured a highly skilled professional staff
on duty at Hampton Beach for decades. The competition teams had an intense workout just two days
before the contest, after a passing storm created strong surf and rip currents.
Last Thursday, lifeguards made 10 surf rescues and six on Friday.
Representing Hampton Beach were Pat Murphy; Bruce
Butterworth; Wells Costello; Pat Casey; Quinn Parker; Ben Mitchell; Kendall
Kaspar; Jack Dolan; Jeremy Schmidt; Dan Ryan; Nick Africano; Ali Bartlett;
Katie Kaspar; Rachel Flinn; Catherine Jacques; Rebecca Mitchell; Meagan
Boucher; Mara Jaffarian and Maggie Noonan.
Photo Credit: Tom Mitchell
Team photo from left to right - Front Row - Ben Mitchell, Jack Dolan, Pat Casey, Pat Murphy, Nick Africano, Dan Ryan, Wells Costello, Jeremy Schmidt Back Row - Kendall Kaspar, Rachel Flinn, Maggie Noonan, Quinn Parker, Ali Bartlett, Rebecca Mitchell, Catherine Jacques, Mara Jaffarian, Katie Kaspar, Meagan Boucher... not in the photo Bruce Butterworth.
Results One-mile run / 100 meter ocean rescue/men - second place, Parker; third, Mitchell; fourth, Murphy. In the women's event, Boucher, second; Mitchell, fourth.
Rescue reel team – Murphy, Costello, Bartlett and Kaspar, first; Casey, Mitchell, Dolan, Noonan, third.
Iron Guard men - Costello, second; Dolan, fifth; women – Kaspar, third, Barlett, fourth.
Paddleboard rescue - open event – Murphy, second, Casey, fourth.
Surf Rescue - open event – Kaspar, second; Jacques, fourth; Flinn, fifth.
500m paddleboard - men – Costello, second; women – Bartlett, fourth, Kaspar, fifth.
500m swim - men – Dolan, fifth; women – Jacques, second; Flinn, fourth; Kaspar, fifth.
Beach Flags men – Costello, first; Casey, second; women – Bartlett, second.
4X100 swim relay – Team of Dolan, Kaspar, Flinn and Jacques, first; Barlett, Kaspar, Ryan, Costello, fourth.
4X200 paddleboard relay - Casey, Parker, Murphy, Costello, second.