2013-08-09 / Sports

Riis Park Lifeguards Takes First At Jones Beach Tournament

By Carl Martinez and Pat Kilgallen


Pictured above: The Winning Eight: the Riis Park lifeguard team took first place in the Jones Beach Lifeguard Invitational Tournament. Holding their event medals and first-place trophy are (left to right) Luke Werner, Christian Foti, Michael Scire, Thomas O’Neill, Jr., Kevin Quinn, Brian O’Neill, Patrick Kilgallen, Sean McLean. Pictured above: The Winning Eight: the Riis Park lifeguard team took first place in the Jones Beach Lifeguard Invitational Tournament. Holding their event medals and first-place trophy are (left to right) Luke Werner, Christian Foti, Michael Scire, Thomas O’Neill, Jr., Kevin Quinn, Brian O’Neill, Patrick Kilgallen, Sean McLean. A Jacob Riis Park team took 1st Place among the eight teams competing for recognition at this year’s Jones Beach Lifeguard Invitational Tournament on Tuesday, July 16th.

Highlights of the Riis Park Eight’s performance show the team decisively dominated the competition—with 1st-place finishes in six of the tourney’s nine events.

In Event No. 1, the 2-mile beach run, Sean McLean came in 2nd, and Kevin Quinn came in 3rd. But given the scoring system used, their combined performance netted them a 1st overall.

In Event No.2, the run-swim-run, Pat Kilgallen placed 1st, and Christian Foti placed 2nd. When combined, that yielded them a 1st overall.

In the distance paddle, Event No. 3, Tom O’Neill took 1st place, and his brother Brian O’Neill took 3rd. When combined, that translated to a 1st overall.

In Event No. 5, the distance swim, Tom O’Neill took 1st, and Pat Kilgallen took 2nd. Combined, that gave them a 1st overall. Event No. 6, the swim-paddle-run relay, saw the trio of Tom O’Neill, Brian O’Neill, and Sean McClean place 1st. In Event No. 7, the rescue race, Pat Kilgallen and Tom O’Neill placed 1st. The City of Long Beach took second place overall, and Fire Island Ocean Rescue took 3rd. The event took place on a picture perfect beach day for a surf-lifeguard tournament.

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