By DAVID WEINBERG
Lifeguard racing had one other banner season this summer time. Seashore patrols from Brigantine to Cape Could Level skilled success, with Avalon, Atlantic Metropolis and Brigantine capturing crew titles within the “Large Three” main occasions – The Dutch Hoffman’s, Margate Memorials and South Jersey Championships.
It marked Brigantine’s first outright South Jersey crew title since 1979; They shared the trophy with Avalon and Ocean Metropolis in 1992.
Now that the season has ended, it is time to honor a few of the prime rowers, swimmers, paddlers and runners who helped helped make this 12 months’s so particular.
*Doubles Row – There was numerous cohesion on show this summer time. Brothers Jack and Joe Savell of Brigantine capped an impressive season by successful the season’s premier race on the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships per week after additionally successful the Margate Memorial doubles row. Atlantic Metropolis brothers Sean and Rick Blair took first within the Dutch Hoffman’s. Avalon’s Gary Nagle and Dave Giulian earned a victory on the Cape Could County Lifeguard Championships earlier this summer time.
Particular shoutout to Ventnor’s Meghan Holland and Stacy Value on successful the doubles on the Longport Girls’s Invitational. Longport’s Madelyn Fox and Megan Barnhard gained the Invoice Howarth Cape Atlantic.
*Open Swim – Avalon’s Dolan Grisbaum, Atlantic Metropolis’s Charles Schreiner, and Margate’s Zach Vasser all earned massive wins this summer time. Grisbaum, an Ocean Metropolis Excessive College graduate and Boston College Swimmer, got here again from an internship as a monetary analyst in Boston simply in time to win the Dutch Hoffman race. Vasser, a latest Mainland Regional Excessive College grad who’s now at Columbia College, took first within the Margate’s. Schreiner, a rising senior at Egg Harbor Township Excessive, gave Atlantic Metropolis its first South Jersey swim victory since John Kenney gained the final of his 5 straight titles in 2002. Ocean Metropolis’s Michael Giardino gained the swim on the Cape Could County’s.
*Girls’s Swim – Longport’s Jordyn Ricciotti and Megan Fox together with Sea Isle Metropolis’s Mary Kate Leonard prevailed in massive races. Ricciotti, who’s about to start her senior 12 months at Mainland Regional, gained the Dutch Hoffman race. Fox edged her Longport teammate within the Longport Invitational and likewise gained the Invoice Howarth race. Leonard, who swims for Boston Faculty, delivered a win within the Cape Could County’s.
*Males’s Paddleboard – Brigantine is thought for its prowess on this occasion and this 12 months was no exception. Sean O’Neill took prime honors within the Dutch Hoffman’s whereas teammate Will Hoffman – no relation to Dutch – gained the 12-foot race on the South Jersey Paddleboard Championships. Cape Could’s Zeb Hinker took first within the Cape Could County’s.
*Girls’s Paddleboard – Brigantine’s Grace Emig was just about unbeatable this summer time, successful the Dutch Hoffman’s, Longport Girls’s Invitational and the long-course race on the South Jersey Paddleboard occasion. Ocean Metropolis’s Lexi Santer gained the Cape Could County occasion and Cape Could’s Kennedy Campbell gained the middle-distance class on the South Jersey Paddleboard races.
*Singles Row – Jack Savell, Longport’s Mike McGrath, Sean Blair and Avalon’s Ryan Finnegan have been the highest singles rowers. Savell ended his lifeguard racing profession in terrific vogue by successful the South Jersey Championship. McGrath gained the Margate Memorials for the second straight 12 months. Blair took the highest prize on the Dutch Hoffman’s and Finnegan gained the Cape Could County title.
Sea Isle Metropolis’s Maura Quinn will get a shoutout for her win within the Longport Girls’s Invitational.
*All-around – Avalon’s Brandon Hontz and Ocean Metropolis’s Lexi Santer proved their versatility by successful lifeguard racing’s model of triathlons this summer time.
Hontz, a former monitor standout at Penn State, gained the Cape Could SuperAthalon, which consists of a 2.3-mile run, 1.5-mile row and quarter-mile swim. He edged 43-year-old Patrick Clemmons of Wildwood and three-time champ Rob Moran of host Cape Could.
Santer, an occupational therapist in Delaware, topped Harvey Cedars standout Jenna Parker and Wildwood Crest’s Adrienne Bilello to win the Cape Could Level Girls’s Lifeguard Problem, which is a 1.3-mile run, 1-mile paddle, half-mile swim.
Two boats win tens of millions within the thirty second MidAtlantic
Cape Could-based “Frequent Sense” caught the heaviest white marlin within the thirty second MidAtlantic billfish match final week. Proprietor Clint Clement, of Cape Could Courtroom Home, and his crew weighed in an 87-pounder that netted $201,388 of the $5.79 million purse by way of numerous calcuttas (aspect bets).
Maryland-based “Boss Hogg” had the second-heaviest white marlin at 76-pounds. However as a result of proprietor Howard Berger had entered the Mega Marlin calcutta, he grew to become a millionaire by successful $1,406,938, which was a match file for the division. Michael Jordan’s “Catch 23” took third within the class with a 75-pounder and gained $462,318.
In keeping with match officers, there have been 750 white marlin caught throughout the occasion – 735 of which have been launched – which is the third-highest complete in match historical past.
Monmouth County-based Pipe Dreamer, owned by Chip Caruso, additionally gained massive, incomes a division match file $1,180,342 with an 889-pound blue marlin.
Amongst native boats, Kyle Dougherty’s “Y-Knot” from Cape Could Courtroom Home had the heaviest catch within the wahoo class at 56-pounds and gained $51,129.
The match featured 181 boats that weighed fish at Canyon Membership Resort Marina in Cape Could and Sundown Marina in Ocean Metropolis, Maryland. The match was began by South Jersey Marina proprietor Dick Weber in 1991 as a approach to promote offshore fishing.
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