Saturday, August 15, 2009

2009 USLA Lifeguard Championships, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida


(Image Source: Google Images)


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(Photo above by & Copyright Mike Gavola 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission.)


(Photo above by & Copyright Mike Gavola 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission.)

Tuesday Evening, August 11, 2009 (Edited and Corrected)

The Following Report was prepared and written by LACo Capt. Jay Butki who also serves as Competition Chairman for the California Surf Life Saving Association, and which we are reprinting in full below for your reading enjoyment.

From: aquamoose@aol.com
Subject: Top 10 Open Competitors at the 2009 USLA National Championships
Date: August 11, 2009 1:06:04 PM PDT



(Photo above shows the '09 LACOLA Nationals Team. Photo Courtesy of and Copyright Joel Gitelson 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission.)


(Photo above by & Copyright Mike Gavola 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission.)


(Photo above by & Copyright Mike Gavola 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission.)


(Photo above by & Copyright Mike Gavola 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission.)

Overall Events: Open + Masters
CHAPTER POINTS ('A'). (after 161 events)
Chapter: POINTS:
1. Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 589
2. Monmouth County Chapter NJ 487
3. Volusia Surf Lifesaving Association 238
4. Sussex County DE 225.25
5. Miami Beach 75.75
6. Indian River County 59.25
7. Cape Cod 42
8. Long Beach NY 39
9. South Jersey 25.5
10. Jax Beach 14
11. California State Lifeguard Assoc 12
12. San Diego Lifesaving Assoc 7
13. Jones Beach NY 6
14. Laguna Beach Lifeguard Assoc 4
15. Galveston Lifesaving Association 3
16. Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association3


Open Events:
Greg Farry Open Point Championship Trophy

CHAPTER: POINTS:
1. Monmouth County Chapter NJ 320.5
2. Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 298
3. Smith Point NY 193.25
4. Sussex County DE 191.25
5. Volusia Surf Lifesaving Association 179
6. Fort Lauderdale 164.5
7. Destin 69.25
8. Boca Raton 35.75
9. Miami Beach 28.25
10. Delray Beach Ocean Rescue 27
11. Palm Beach County 23
12. Long Beach NY 23
13. Hollywood Beach 14.75
14. Indian River County 14.75
15. Hampton Lifeguard Assoc. 13.75
16. Jax Beach 8
17. Cape Cod 8
18. Clearwater 7
19. Town of Palm Beach 7
20. Deerfield Beach 4
21. Jones Beach NY 3
22. Virginia Beach Lifesaving Association 3
23. Point Lookout NY 3
24. South Jersey 2
25. Ponte Vedra Beach 1

TOP 10 OPEN COMPETITORS (Female). (after 31 events):

Name: Chapter: POINTS:
1. CROTHERS, TRACEY
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 42

2. NOWVISKIE, MINDY
Volusia Surf Lifesaving Association 41.5
3. NOONAN, JENNIFER
Fort Lauderdale 39
4. NOLAND, KATHERINE
Fort Lauderdale 35.25
5. SPIVEY, TAYLOR
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 32

6. PURDY, KRISTEN
Smith Point NY 30
7. HANSEN-IRURZUN, HEATHER
Delray Beach Ocean Rescue 25
8. FITTIN, ANNIE
Monmouth County Chapter NJ 20.75
9. RIDDLE, ALISON
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 20.5

10. ZLATKOVA, SOFIYA
Sussex County DE 19.5


*** The following three (3) photos are also by LACo Recurrent Lifeguard/'09 Nationals Competitor-Photographer Mike Gavola. Copyright Mike Gavola 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used here with permission. Thanks Mike ! Spectacular photos, esp. of our cherished LACo '09 National Team Competitors and Lifeguard colleagues.


(Photo above, L2R, Taylor Spivey, dolling it up for the camera; with Micah Carlson, at right, playing it cool.)


(Photo above is of Mike Gavola after one of his teammates grabbed his camera and insisted on taking his photo.)


(Photo above shows LACo Stud Competitor, Mike Murphy, leading the LACo Team in a strategy session under the tent in the shade, with war paint... woo hoo !)

*** "County Recurrent" Shout Out to LACo Recurrent and Nationals Team Member, Micah Carlson, for fact checking this blog post and identifying Mike Murphy (rather than Brian) in the photo above. I knew it was a Murphy. Murphy's Law has a new provision: If it is a lifeguard from that auspicious family, just say Murphy ! :-)

TOP 10 OPEN COMPETITORS (Male). (after 31 events):

Name: Chapter: POINTS:
1. NUNNALLY, MATTHEW
Monmouth County Chapter NJ 60.5
2. MURPHY, BRIAN
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 53.5

3. TREMBATH, THOMAS
Destin 31
4. MCMEEKING, COREY
Volusia Surf Lifesaving Association 28.25
5. MANGEN, PAUL
Monmouth County Chapter NJ 27.25
6. CARLSON, MICAH
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 27

7. MATTHEWS, RYAN
Monmouth County Chapter NJ 25.5
8. O'BOYLE, JORDAN
Sussex County DE 25
9. JAEGER, CONNOR
Monmouth County Chapter NJ 24.25
10. MURPHY, MICHAEL
Los Angeles County Lifeguard Assoc 20.5



LACOLA won the Overall Points Championship.

but LACOLA lost the Greg Farry Open Point Score Championships,
Monmouth County beat LACOLA in the Open Championships, LACOLA was 2nd Place!

LACOLA Team members highlighted:


Tracey Crothers starts her first day in Medical School at Thomas Jefferson University today after a sensational Nationals.

Both Spivey & Riddle are in their rookie year
of Lifeguard Competition & both earned spots on the USLA National Team to Osaka, Japan for the Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup on Sept. 13.
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Sanyo Bussan traveling US Team:

Jay Butki-Manager/Coach-LACOLA

Men:

Ironman: Brian Murphy-LACOLA
Beach Flags: Dan Matta-Sussex Co, DE
Swim: Paul Mangen-Monmouth Co, NJ
Swim/Board: Micah Carlson-LACOLA
Swim/Board: Matt Nunnally-Monmouth Co, NJ

Women:
Ironman: Mindy Nowviskie-Volusia Co, FL
Beach Flags: Emily Ward-Hampton LG Assoc., NY
Swim: Kristin Purdy-Smith Point, NY
Swim/Board: Taylor Spivey-LACOLA
Swim/Board: Alison Riddle-LACOLA



*** Also, just in as well from Jay Butki, are some fun photos of some of the other teams competing at Nationals:


* Per Jay: "Destin Florida - 7th Overall in the Open Point Score best Competition cap & Speedo combo on the beach & and definitely the most outrageous Team uniform to the Awards banquet & after Party photos by Adriel Young 2nd in the Surfski and 5th in the Ironman.



Also just in from Jay, "here is another good shot of the Destin Lifeguards racing attire - Team Prison Break"


Jay Butki
Competition Chairman
California Surf Life Saving Association

Mobile (310) 849-5955
FAX (310) 348-9117
aquamoose@aol.com
jbutki@fire.lacounty.gov
(Photo below shows Jay at recent Taplin '09)


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*** Thanks Jay and Congratulations to you and all the members of this year's LACo National Team !


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And just in from Joel Gitelson ! Check out these comments by Joel. Photos also courtesy of Joel !


"Will,

A couple from FL. Did the surfboat w/Dave Clark. Aged down to the 50-54 age group. We got the silver!!!

That's Cartlidge handling the boat with me. Alison Little is the one jumping from the boat with Kelsey O'Donnell righting for the next lap.#9678 is Monmoth County's Billy George congratulating JVD for his 2nd place Open Surfbaot win w/Cartlidge.

Joel"

(File under: "Hey Joel ! Don't you mean FLOR...")

(This next photo shows Dave Clarke, at left, and Joel at right. Photo courtesy of Joel. Photo by Tyler Stover.)




*** Thanks Joel ! ***

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2009 Nationals, Extra Extra Read All About It !


*** Want to see some other Great Photos ?! Check out Kat Prichard's website at:
http://katprichard.shutterfly.com

Other highlights from Nationals included the following results:

LACo American Ironman Champs this year include:
Brian Murphy (Open),
and
Age Group Champs, Dave Clarke, Eldin Onsgard and Joel Gitelson.


***Congratulations to each of these LACo American Ironman Champs !


(Photo below: David Clarke)

(Photo below: Eldin Onsgard)

(Photo below is of Joel Gitelson)


Complete Competition Results are also available online at:

http//results.uslanationals.org/usla/liveresults.asp


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And for those of you jonesing for Video !....


ALSO, just in from Rob McGowan: "There's some great video on YouTube . . . just search "USLA" and check out tomasleeman's stuff - it's pretty good.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=usla&search_type=&aq=f

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*** Stay tuned as we update this blog post with more results plus photos !


Until next time.....


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1 comment:

Dan said...

The "stud competitor" in the war paint is actually Brian's older brother Mike.