ASBURY PARK, NJ — Coming off a first-place finish in the Howard Rowland Lifeguard Tournament, the Belmar Beach Patrol followed up with an impressive performance by its female members at the Monmouth County All-Women’s Lifeguard Tournament.

The 10-member team placed first in the run-swim-paddle-kayak medley, second in the rowboat competition and third in the paddle relay in the annual competition, held on July 11 in Asbury Park.

The tournament featured female lifeguards from 10 teams who demonstrated their skills, strength and endurance in a variety of running, swimming, rowing and paddling events.

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As for the Belmar team, the women have been practicing — “competing with each other to see who is the best (in specific events),” said veteran lifeguard Amelia Buckley, who has been leading the effort. “We’re getting everyone involved because if you get more fun out of your job and practice to get good at it, you will get a lot more out of it.”

Buckley competed in the tournament with fellow guards Abigail Buckley, Ashley Cave, Julie Byrne, Lauren Byrne, Micaela Valli, Justine Schleuss, Kiki Fisher, Sara Gutter and Bella DeSimone.

As part of the ongoing summer schedule of lifeguard tournaments, the women are setting their sights on July 24 when they will compete in the Sandy Hook All-Women's Lifeguard Tournament, billed as the oldest and largest all-women lifeguard tournament in North America.

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