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O.C. 4th in Dutch Hoffman Lifeguard Races

first_imgAtlantic City took the title, while the Ocean City Beach Patrol placed fourth on Friday in the 50th Annual Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Races in Wildwood.All 15 beach patrols from Atlantic and Cape May counties competed in the doubles row, paddleboard, swim, one mile run and singles row races.This was considered the first of the “Big Three” lifeguard races involving all beach patrols. The second of the “Big Three” races will be held on the Decatur Road beach in Margate on Friday, Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m.In what was arguably the most exciting race on Friday, OCBP veteran Bryan Theiss won the paddleboard race, barely edging out the Brigantine competitor to score five points.Ocean City’s Bryan Theiss wins the paddleboard race.In a tight doubles row race, the first five boats crossed the finish line within a few seconds of each other, with OCBP’s Matt Garbutt and Paul Boardman just missing out on any points.OCBP’s Brian McGroarty came in fourth in the swim race, scoring two points. Ocean City’s Artur Menezes, competed in the one mile run.In the singles row race, OCBP’s Kevin Perry had a strong performance, but just before crossing the finish line, his boat and the Longport boat collided, preventing either boat from finishing in the top 5.In the end, the OCBP team finished in fourth place with seven points.Ocean City’s Kevin Perry at the start of the singles row race.Following are the race results:Doubles Row:1st – Ventnor2nd – Atlantic City3rd – Margate4th – Longport5th – Wildwood CrestPaddleboard:1st – Ocean City (Bryan Theiss)2nd – Brigantine3rd – Wildwood4th – Wildwood Crest5th – LongportSwim: 1st – Longport2nd – Atlantic City3rd – Wildwood4th – Ocean City (Brian McGroarty)5th – BrigantineRun:1st – Stone Harbor2nd – Upper Township3rd – Sea Isle City4th – Wildwood5th – North Wildwood Singles Row:1st – Atlantic City2nd – Brigantine3rd – Margate4th – Ventnor5th – Wildwood Crest Overall Team:1st – Atlantic City (13 points)2nd – Brigantine (9 points)3rd – Longport (8 points)4th – Ocean City (7 points – tiebreaker)5th – Ventnor (7 points)Ocean City’s Bryan Theiss, right, edges out a competitor to take first in the paddleboard race.Ocean City lifeguard Artur Menezes, center, competes in the one mile race. Ocean City lifeguard Brian McGroarty emerges from the surf on his way to taking fourth place in the swim race. (Photos courtesy of Dale Braun)last_img read more