The Monmouth County Chapter – representing a variety of Jersey Shore beaches – captured the 2014 Nautica United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships team title on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Virginia Beach, Va. The Monmouth County group defeated the LA County Surf Life Saving Association, who had captured the team title for the 27 previous years.
“What is it, a 27 year run from LA County? Half our team isn’t even 27 years-old,” said Monmouth County team captain Mike Tomaino. “To see this dream come true, with all the hard work, preparation and competition that Monmouth County lifeguards have done, it’s an incredible feeling and satisfying conclusion to the season. But we already need to start looking toward next year, because LA County won’t be satisfied with second place for long.”
“The coaches are proud of all the Monmouth County competitors and lifeguards, even those who couldn’t make it to Virginia Beach – they’re all a part of it.