Junior lifeguards compete at the Oceanfront

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — It was a grueling day for more than 300 young lifeguards at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Wednesday.

The Junior Lifeguard Competition is part of a larger event which starts Thursday: the 2014 Nautica USLA National Lifeguard Championships. You can check the competition out through Saturday along 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue. It covers everything a lifeguard has to do, including swimming and running on the beach.

Photos: Junior lifeguard competition in Va. Beach

“They’re going to be swimming in and out of the surf several times today in different events. They’re going to be doing a multi-discipline event called the Iron Guard, which is a run, a swim and paddle. They’re going to be doing straight paddle races. They’re going to be doing relays. They’re going to be doing a simulated rescue race,” said lifeguard Brian Murphy.

The Junior Guard Competition featured lifeguards, age 9 to 17, in eight events for individual titles. Winners of each event and division from Wednesday’s Nautica National Junior Lifeguard Championships are at the bottom of this page.

BEACH RUN: An individual event in which Junior Guards run down, around a flag and back to a finish funnel on the hard sand.

  • Boys AA Group (ages 16-17, 2km distance run) – Kaeo Kruse – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls AA Group (ages 16-17, 2km distance run) – Shannon Snell – Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • Boys A group (ages 14-15, 2km distance run) – Grant Gilbert – Monmouth County, N.J., Jacob Bushey (finished 7th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls A Group (ages 14-15, 2km distance run) – Doria Martingayle – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Boys B Group (ages 12-13, 1.5km distance run) – Dutch Fairbanks – Kauai, Hawaii, Guil Ware (finished 8th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls B Group (ages 12-13, 1.5 km distance run) – Sophie Wilson – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Boys C Group (ages 9-11, 1km distance run) – Nicholas Calice – Pompano Beach, Fla., Rex Kirschner (finished 4th) – Virginia Beach EMS, Va.
  • Girls C Group (ages 9-11, 1km distance run) – Molly Hastings – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif., Kayla Wilson (finished 7th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.

SURF RACE: An individual event in which Junior Guards swim out and around the two designated buoys and finish through the funnel on the beach.

  • Boys AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kaeo Kruse – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kira Makuta – LA County Surf Life Saving Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Boys A group (ages 14-15) – Kian Brouwer – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif., Woody Parsons (finished 2nd) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls A group (ages 14-15) – Holly Maine – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Boys B Group (ages 12-13) – Ryan Burke – Monmouth County, N.J., Cason Wilburn (finished 3rd) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls B Group (ages 12-13) – Natalie Smith – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.,  Brooke Lamoureax (finished 9th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Boys C Group (ages 9-11) – Jake Schulte – Pompano Beach, Fla., Gavin Lamoureux (finished 9th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls C Group (ages 9-11) – Casey Bice – Jones Beach State Park, N.Y., Kayla Wilson (finished 7th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.

RUN-SWIM-RUN: An individual event in which Junior Guards run a set distance on the beach, then swim out and around two buoys and back then finish with a second beach run.

  • Boys AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kaeo Kruse – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kira Makuta – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Boys A group (ages 14-15) – Kian Brouwer – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Woody Parsons (finished 2nd) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls A group (ages 14-15) – Malia Wolf – Monmouth County, N.J.
  • Boys B Group (ages 12-13) – Ryan Burke – Monmouth County, N.J., Cason Wilburn (finished 3rd) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls B Group (ages 12-13) – Maggie Purcell – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.
  • Boys C Group (ages 9-11) – Cole Bardinas – Monmouth County, N.J.
  • Girls C Group (ages 9-11) – Emma Claps – Jones Beach State Park, N.Y.

BOARD RACE:  An individual event in which Junior Guards paddle a board out and around designated buoys, negotiate incoming surf and finish with their board through a funnel on the beach.

  • Boys AA Group (ages 16-17) – Hikari Oberman – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kira Makuta – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Boys A group (ages 14-15) – Eli Fox – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls A group (ages 14-15) – Kelta O’Rourke – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Boys B Group (ages 12-3) – Dubs – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.
  • Girls B Group (ages 12-13) – Emma Hecht – Monmouth County, N.J.
  • Boys C Group (ages 9-11) – Cole Bardinas – Monmouth County, N.J.
  • Girls C Group (ages 9-11) – Summer Schulte – Pompano Beach, Fla.

 

IRONGUARD: An individual event in which Junior Guards swim the designated course, run to the transition area, then paddle the designated course and finish with a final run leg.

 

  • Boys AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kaeo Kruse – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls AA Group (ages 16-17) – Kira Makuta – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Boys A group (ages 14-15) – Kian Brouwer – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Girls A group (ages 14-15) – Holly Maine – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • Boys B Group (ages 12-3) – Chasen Dubs – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y., Cason Wilburn (finished 7th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls B Group (ages 12-13) – Mia Marquez – Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • Boys C Group (ages 9-11) – Cole Bardinas – Monmouth County, N.J., Scott Boyden (finished 7th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • Girls C Group (ages 9-11) – Summer Schulte – Pompano Beach, Fla.

 

RESCUE RACE:  A simulated rescues event which requires a Junior Guard “victim” and “rescuer.”  Victims swim out and line up on the flag or buoy line; the rescuer races out and swims the victim to shore.  The rescuer may wear fins and the victim may kick during the return.  Both Junior Guards must cross the finish line with equipment in hand.

 

  • AA Group (ages 16-17) – Shane Brouwer & Kira Makuta – LA County Surf Life Saving Association, Calif.
  • A Group (ages 14-15) – Sloan Sizemore & Christopher Kelly Schulte – Pompano Beach, Fla., Woody Parsons & William Wilson (finished 4th) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • B Group (ages 12-13) – Dutch Fairbanks & Jack Machorek – Kauai, Hawaii, Brooke Lamoureax & Cason Wilburn (finished 3rd) – Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association, Va.
  • C Group (ages 9-11) – Summer Schulte & Isabella Taylor – Pompano Beach, Fla.

 

SWIM RELAY:  A team event made up of five swimmers in which each team member swims out and around the designated buoys and returns to the beach to tag the next swimmer.

 

  • AA Group (ages 16-17) – Haley Chasin, Saber Fairbanks, Kaeo Kruse, Maluhia Kinimaka & Kate Machorek – Kauai, Hawaii
  • A Group (ages 14-15) – Race Wilhoite, Taylor Barton, Sloan Sizemore, Christopher Kelly Schulte & Alejandro Quinones – Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • B Group (ages 12-13) – Luke Winkelman, Jocelyn Cullen, Annalise Giuliano, Ryan Burke & Brenner Hinds – Monmouth County, N.J.
  • C Group (ages 9-11) – Ryan Shannon, Casey Bice, Garrett Kain, Emma Claps & Cole Pergan – Jones Beach State Park, N.Y.

 

BEACH FLAGS: From a prone position on the sand, upon a whistle start, Junior Guards rise, turn, and race to obtain a baton (beach flag) buried upright in the sand. Those who fail to get a baton are eliminated.

 

  • Boys AA Group (ages 16-17) – Hikari Oberman – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls AA Group (ages 16-17) – Wailana Gandeza – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Boys A group (ages 14-15) – Eric Potter – Kauai, Hawaii
  • Girls A group (ages 14-15) – Sophie Kolhoff – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.
  • Boys B Group (ages 12-3) – Max Mahi – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.
  • Girls B Group (ages 12-13) – Lila Ferraro – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.
  • Boys C Group (ages 9-11) – Shane McLaughlin – Monmouth County, N.J.
  • Girls C Group (ages 9-11) – Bella Tarbet – Hampton Lifeguard Association, N.Y.
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