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VIDEOS, PHOTO GALLERY: Longport retains South Jersey lifeguard title

Cape May's John Knies (foreground) and Upper Township's John Datallo at the start of the singles row.

  • Cape May's John Knies (foreground) and Upper Township's John Datallo at the start of the singles row.
  • Cape May Point's Ben Swan and Ventnor's David Funk in the singles row.
  • Avalon's Erich Wolf placed fourth in the singles row.
  • Sea Isle's Nick Matousch competes in the singles row.
  • Fans look on as the singles row is about to begin at the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships in Longport.
  • Stone Harbor's Justin McClellan finishes the swim race.
  • Avalon's Chris Eckhardt emerges from the surf in the swim.
  • Wildwood Crest's Jon Burkett placed fifth in the swim.
  • Ocean City's Maggie Wallace edges Atlantic City's Jack Fenton for third place in the swim.
  • Joey Tepper of Longport dives through the surf en route to winning the swim.
  • Avalon's Gary Nagle (right) tills the boat and Matt Wolf tries to help steer near the end of the doubles row.
  • Wildwood Crest's Pat Bakey and Jake Klecko finish the doubles row.
  • Upper Township's Ryan Fisher and Kyle Rumaker placed fifth in the doubles row.
  • Chuck Gowdy and Chris Graves of Margate won the doubles row.


LONGPORT — Thanks to first-place finishes in two of the three events, the Longport Beach Patrol won the South Jersey Lifeguard Championships Friday.

Atlantic County patrols dominated the competition. For Longport, 16-year-old rookie lifeguard Joe Tepper won the swim and Mike McGrath steered to victory in the singles row for the second time in three years as the host patrol scored 13 points in team competition.

Margate, which got a doubles row victory from Chris Graves and Chuck Gowdy, finished second with nine points and Atlantic City was third with seven points.

Cape May’s John Knies and Jake Smith placed second in the doubles row for the highest finish in an event by a Cape May County competitor(s). Knies was also fifth in the singles row.

Ocean City’s Maggie Wallace, bidding to become the first female to win an event in the 79 years of the South Jersey Championships, placed third in the swim.

Avalon’s Erich Wolf, the 2017 singles rowing champ, placed fourth in the event.