Newport Beach finishes third in California Surf Championships behind the strong showing of Hayden Hemmens

The Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguard Association finished 3rd overall in the 2019 California Surf Lifesaving Championships at Carpinteria State Beach last weekend.

On Friday, July 26, the Junior Lifeguards competed against teams from Santa Cruz to San Diego, ages 9-15.

Newport Beach finishes Hayden Hemmens

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All photos by Joshua Leith

Newport Beach Lifeguard Hayden Hemmens, who competes internationally, takes first in the distance paddle 

Then, on Saturday, July 27, the Lifeguards (NBOLA) competed against guards from throughout California. 

NBOLA was led by Hayden Hemmens who won eight of nine events he entered in the men’s division. Hemmens took 1st in mens surf, mens board rescue, mens ironman, mens rescue, mens surf ski, mens board, mens ironguard, mens run-swim-run and finished 4th in the board relay for men.

Overall, he was responsible for 144.5 of NBOLA’s overall point total of 278.5.

Newport Beach finishes mens rescue

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(L-R) Nick Rice, Hayden Hemmens and Matthew Minaker team up to compete in the mens rescue, taking home first place

Nicholas Rice, Matthew Minaker and Sam Hunter teamed with Hemmens in the mens rescue for 1st.

Hunter also finished 5th in the mens run-swim-run and 12th in the mens surf.

Elliott Harrington finished 7th in the mens 2K beach run and Nicolaas Baljeu was 9th in the mens surf race.

Newport Beach finishes 3 girls

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(L-R) Carter Britt, Jaleh Moaddeli and Caroline Amling compete in the rescue relay at Lifeguard Regionals

Spencer Clark joined the team that finished 4th in the board relay for men.

For the women, Caroline Amling had a 7th place finish in the womens run-swim-run, Carter Britt was 13th in the womens 2K beach run, Jaleh Moaddeli was 5th in the womens 2K beach run and 9th in the womens beach flags.

Newport Beach finishes Rauth

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Owen Rauth dominated the competition while taking gold in the run-swim-run in the B Division

The women also finished 7th in the womens rescue race.

The California State Lifeguard Association won the overall team first place championship with 1,482.75 points, followed by LA County Surf Life Saving Association with 1,262.5.

Newport Beach finishes Schlom

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Jillian Schlom showing off her hardware after placing third in the girls distance swim

The Junior Lifeguard results from Friday were in A, B and C divisions:

The “A” division (14-15 year olds) co-ed swim relay took home 4th with athletes Emily Park, Robert Wright, Owen Bartlett, Alexandra Law, Jillian Schlom and Juliette Holdsworth. Owen Bartlett had a 2nd in the boys distance swim and Jillian Schlom got 3rd in the girls distance swim. Peter Clark and Robert Wright took 4th in the boys rescue relay.

Newport Beach finishes Edelhauser

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Jack Edelhauser defends his title as beach flags champion in the B Division

The “B” division (12-13 year olds) included 12 athletes. Jack Edelhauser defended his 2018 beach flags title by winning “B” boys again. The co-ed swim relay consisting of Skye Smith, Luke Zimmerman, Tyra Kitchens, Ty Hansberger, Jack Wright and Owen Rauth took home 2nd place. Rauth also took home 2nd in the boys distance swim and got 1st in the boys run-swim-run. Kitchens took home 4th in the girls distance swim.

Newport Beach finishes A Group Leaders

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A Group Leaders with their A Group Junior Guards enjoying an epic day of competition up in Carpinteria

In the “C” Division (10-11 year olds) Orlando Castano got 2nd in the boys beach flags. Parker Atkins, Orlando Castano, Kaylin Messenger, Katie Cross, Braden Avila and Scarlett Schmitt finished 2nd in the co-ed run relay. They also got 2nd in the co-ed rescue relay with Hudson Parks and Kaylin Messenger. The co-ed swim relay with Tyler Law, Hudson Parks, Ben Shumway, Harper Lohman, Sophia Lin and Ava Schmitt took home 3rd, along with Law in the boys distance swim.