Harvey Cedars Takes Fourth at Surf-Rescue Races

By DAVID BIGGY | Jul 24, 2019

Atlantic City, NJ — Long Beach Island’s beach patrols were well represented at the annual Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition in Atlantic City on July 16, with eight teams from five beach patrols among the 37-team field which included several of the East Coast’s heavy hitters from Virginia Beach and Jones Beach in New York.

Still, as has been the case the past few years, Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol teams were among the best of the best by the time the four-stage competition concluded. Harvey Cedars No. 1 finished fourth and Harvey Cedars No. 2 placed seventh in the eight-team final round, while Longport 1 reclaimed the top spot for the second time in three years. Ocean City 1, last year’s winner, took second ahead of Wildwood 1.

With teams required to comprise four individuals and at least one female lifeguard, Harvey Cedars 2 – which included Paul Blankemeyer, Russell Hill, Maggie Shaw and Shane Stauffer – got off to a solid start in the opening relay event, clocking a combined time of 20 minutes, 40.9 seconds to place seventh, about 33 seconds behind Long Beach, N.Y. Harvey Cedars 2, made up of Ryan Corcoran, Randy Townsend, Jenna Parker and Billy Webster, finished 10th in 20:46.5, about 41 seconds behind the leader.

Beyond Cedars, only Barnegat Light 1, which included Lenny Brown, Ted Slahetka, Laura Patterson and Zak Westerberg, qualified for Pool A of the second round by placing 17th in the opening event. The rest of LBI’s beach patrol squads ended up in Pool B for the second round.

Ship Bottom’s crew of Shawn Hannon, Jake Andryshak, Tracey Hemmerle and Reid Sinkinson placed just outside the top-18 for Pool A in 19th place. Barnegat Light 2, made up of Samuel Huo, Jake Luckangelo, Madeline Horner and Stephen Walsh, took 24th place. The Surf City quartet of Pat Hyland, Scott Meggitt, Chris Bigos and Pepper Kolman finished 29th. Long Beach Township’s team of Jamison Gould, Austin Nisonoff, Danielle Silverman and Kevin Budd were 35th and the Harvey Cedars 3 team of Andrew Harvey, Ken Burkhardt, Julia Gilbert and Joe Pantaleo placed 37th.

In the Pool-B paddle relay event, Surf City delivered a first-place finish with a combined time of 15:30.6 to finish 18.5 seconds ahead of second-place Harvey Cedars 3. Ship Bottom ended up ninth in 16:47.9 – qualifying for the third round.

Meanwhile, in Pool A, Webster, Corcoran, Parker and Townsend clocked a time of 15:06.9 and finished 19.9 seconds behind Ocean City 1 to place second in the paddle relay. Harvey Cedars 2 ended up ninth with a time of 15:48.6. Barnegat Light 1 finished 16th in 17:12.3, just missing the 14 qualifying positions for the third round.

Once in the third round – the top eight qualifying for the final – Surf City and Harvey Cedars 3 finally bowed out by finishing 12th and 16th, respectively, while Harvey Cedars 1 finished fourth with a time of 20:28.8, about a minute and a half behind powerhouse Longport. Harvey Cedars 2 swiped the eighth spot with a time of 20:57.5, about 18 seconds ahead of Brigantine.

In the final, which consisted of a paddle-row duo, Corcoran completed the paddle portion of the race in 5:53.1, before Parker completed the row in 4:42.5 for a combined time of 10:35.6, as Longport went on to win in 9:50.8, just 9.2 seconds ahead of Ocean City 1. With Stauffer completing the paddle in 5:51.5 and Blankemeyer completing the row in 5:01.5, Harvey Cedars 2 took seventh overall. The difference between first and eighth was a measly 1 minute, 24.9 seconds.

David Biggy

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