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RI Lifeguard Games Get Underway

Narragansett- If it’s the first week in August, the term “life’s a beach” takes on an entirely new meaning for Rhode Island’s ocean lifeguarding community. While ocean  guards are sitting high on their perches along the coast protecting beachgoers, the clock is ticking down to six o’clock when teams from several beaches converge in competition at the annual Rhode Island Lifeguard Games.

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The ladies line up for the 1 mile swim at the 2014 RI Lifeguard Tournament. (Photo Tracey C. O’Neill)

This year’s seven team event began on Monday night at Narragansett Town Beach where teams contended on Mile night, meaning men and women took to sand and surf for one mile row, kayak, paddle, swimming and running events.

On Tuesday, competitors headed to Westerly Town Beach competing in relay style. Narragansett Surf Rescue entered the night in the lead and was out in front (96 pts.), more than 30 points ahead of Westerly and Scarborough, tied for second place (65 pts.).

Wednesday’s competition scheduled for Scarborough State Beach was postponed due to heavy surf conditions. The Scarborough events are now scheduled for Monday evening.

Narragansett heads into Thursday evening’s competition at Second Beach, Newport well out in front and hoping to garner its 25th annual Lifeguard Games win.

Standings

  • Narragansett – 96 points
  • Westerly – 65 points
  • Scarborough 65 points
  • Second Beach – 60 points
  • Misquamicut – 32 points
  • East Matunuck – 29 points
  • Wheeler – 24 points

 

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