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Local lifeguards represent lower Delaware in California

Sussex County guards place fourth overall at USLA Nationals
Nick Priano from Bethany Beach Patrol goes for one of the few beach flags left in finals. Priano went on to finish fourth in the Open Men's Beach Flags event. PHOTOS BY LEXI COON
August 18, 2013

Lifeguards from across Sussex County traveled out to Manhattan Beach, Calif., Aug. 8-10, to compete in the United States Lifeguard Association Nationals. More than 20 lifeguards from lower Delaware hailed from the Delaware State Parks, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Sea Colony and Fenwick Island.

While the patrols are used to competing against each other, during nationals they worked together on certain events to represent their county. Out of 27 men's and women's relay and individual events, Sussex County competitors finaled in 18 events and placed in the top 10 for 15, including the Surf Swim, Landline Rescue, the 2K Run, American Ironwoman and the Board Rescue race.

Over three days, Sussex County lifeguards together collected 400.75 points to place fourth overall in a field of 17 total counties in their level. Points were accumulated by placing in the top 16 of events that went through rigorous heats of prelims, semifinals and finals. At the start of next summer, the guards will be looking forward to the the 2014 USLA Nationals to be held in Virginia Beach. To see more results from this year and past years, go to results.usla.org/usla/liveresults.asp.