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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY: Parker dominates field at Cape Point Women’s Challenge

Competitors break away from the starting line at Thursday's Cape May Point Women's Lifeguard Challenge.

  • Competitors anticipate the start of the Cape May Point Women's Lifeguard Challenge.
  • Longport's Taylor Phy (right) placed fourth in the event.
  • Cape May Point's Jennifer Allison reaches theb each after the paddleboard leg.
  • Wildwood's Katie Collins rides a wave to shore.
  • Stone Harbor's Nicole Saladino transitions from the paddlebaord to the swim.
  • Longport's Kira McCulley
  • Longport's Taylor Phy finishes the paddleboard leg.
  • Wildwood Crest's Paige Dunham heads toward the water.
  • Wildwood Crest's Christina Adams (foreground and Longport's Taylor Phy transition to the paddleboard leg.
  • Diamond Beach's Scarlett Loughlin begins the paddleboard leg.
  • Jenna Parker of Harvey Cedars holds a commanding lead as she begins the paddleboard portion of the race, en route to her fourth victory in five tries.
  • Cape May Point's Abby Thompson leads a pack of competitors during the run portion of the event.
  • Competitors break away from the starting line at Thursday's Cape May Point Women's Lifeguard Challenge.
  • Diamond Beach's Scarlett Loughlin finished second at the Cape May Point Women's Lifeguard Challenge.


CAPE MAY POINT — How good was Jenna Parker at Thursday’s Cape May Point Women’s Lifeguard Challenge?

So good that she finished the run-rescue board-swim triathlon-style race before most of the competitors had even completed the second leg.

Parker, a former professional triathlete, won the event for the fourth time in five tries, posting a time of 22 minutes, 58 seconds. The Harvard graduate and professional actress beat the 49-lifeguard field by nearly 2 ½ minutes.

Diamond Beach lifeguard Scarlett Loughlin placed second in 25:54. It was Loughlin’s third top 10 finish in four tries at the race.

Surf City’s Julia Rothstein finished third in 25:26, Longport’s Taylor Phy was fourth in 25:27 and Ocean City’s Stephanie Hauck placed fifth in 25:58.

Parker, who, at age 35 was also the oldest competitor in the field by seven years, joined with Maggie Shaw, who placed seventh, to give Harvey Cedars the team championship. Hauck and Samantha Brady, who placed sixth, gave Ocean City a second-place team finish.

The race included a 1.3-mile soft-sand run, one-mile ocean paddleboard and half-mile ocean swim.