Junior and Professional St. Johns County Lifeguards bring back awards from Nationals

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Josh Romaine, Junior Lifeguard Coordinator for St. Johns County, brought a team of 7 competitors to the United States Lifesaving Association’s Nationals Competition in Daytona Beach on Aug. 5, 2015. Under age 11 team included Elizabeth Acevedo, Jamie Parkey, Gracia Romaine and Owen Romaine. The Under age 14 team included Kyle Thompson, Chloe Spears and Ella Romaine. Contributed image

From the United States Lifesaving Association

The United States Lifesaving Association is America’s nonprofit professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means.

The mission of the St. Johns County Chapter of the Southeast Region of the USLA (known as St. Augustine Lifesaving Association) is to assist the county lifeguard service decrease the number of water related injuries and fatalities; to increase the number of successful water rescues and to accomplish both with increased safety to county personnel.

The SALA and USLA ore non profit organizations whose goals are to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education and high levels of lifeguard training. 

JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS

Josh Romaine, Junior Lifeguard Coordinator for St. Johns County brought a team of 7 competitors to the United States Lifesaving Association’s Nationals Competition in Daytona Beach on August 5, 2015.The children and teens competed at the national level against other top junior lifeguard agencies from around the country in their respective age groups.

Under age 11 Team
  • Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Jamie Parkey
  • Gracia Romaine
  • Owen Romaine
Under age 14 Team
  • Kyle Thompson
  • Chloe Spears
  • Ella Romaine

National Awards

Elizabeth Acevedo, 5th Distance Swim

Gracia Romaine, 6th Distance

Jamie Parkey, 9th Beach Flags

Swim Relay Team 7th place to 5 man team:

Ella Romaine, Elizabeth Acevedo, Gracia Romaine, Kyle Thompson and Chloe Spears

Regional Awards

Several of these competitors also attended Regionals in Flagler Beach in July.

  • Owen Romaine participated in multiple events finishing top 20
  • Jamie Parkey 9th in Beach Flags
  • Elizabeth Acevedo 5th in Distance Swim
  • Gracia Romaine 5th in Distance Run
  • Swim Relay Team of Chloe Spears, Ella Romaine, Elizabeth Acevedo, Kyle Thompson and Gracia Romaine finished 7th.

Professional Lifeguard National Competion

On Thursday, Aug. 6, 20165, the professional divisions (those who or who have worked as an ocean lifeguard) started a 3-day competition between the top professional lifeguard agencies in the country. Eleven members of the St. Augustine Lifesaving Association (SALA) represented St. Johns County Marine Rescue. Team SALA, in addition to normal lifeguard training for work, has held 3 practices a week for the past 4 months in preparing for regional and national competition. On July 16-17, the St. Johns County competed in Flagler Beach at the USLA Southeast Region Surf Lifesaving Championship and finished with a 3rd place. Team Coach Lg Josh Ashley, Asst. Coach Jared Davis, Team Manager Jeremy Watkins.

All National team members are listed below:

Brian Meehan, Sarah Vose, Nick Loomis, Keeley Smith, Josh Romaine, David Suarez, Teale Beckenbach, Josh Ashley, Jared Davis , Jeremy Watkins, and Noah Ingwersen.

Open Division results
  • Teale Beckenbach
7th 4×100 Run Relay (mixed team)
9th Surf Ski
13th Taplin Relay (mixed team)
14th International Ironwoman
15th 2k Run
Paddleboard Semi Finals
  • Nick Loomis
13th Surf Swim
16th Run Swim Run
  • 16th 4×100 Run Relay
Nick Loomis, David Suarez, Brian Meehan, Noah Ingwersen
  • 18th Swim Rescue
Josh Ashley, Nick Loomis, David Suarez, Jeremy Watkins
  • Brian Meehan
Semi Finals for Beach Flags
  • Josh Ashley
semi finals for International Ironman
Age Group results
  • Josh Romaine 40-44
2nd 2k Run
9th Surf Ski
  • Sarah Vose 30-34
4th Surf Ski
8th International Ironman

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