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Explorers Shine at USLA Lifeguard Nationals

Release: 08/13/2014
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Head La Salle University swimming coach Matt Nunnally and two of his incoming swimmers helped Monmouth County (N.J.) win the National Lifeguard Championships team title over this past weekend in addition to securing numerous individual accolades.

Nunnally along with incoming freshman student-athletes Anne Skimmons and Hannah Elliott helped the Monmouth County group defeat the Los Angeles County Surf Life Saving Association, who had captured the team title for the 27 previous years.

"The lifeguard championships are the pinnacle of our sport here in the US, they allow us to measure ourselves against the best from around the country," said Nunnally. "I was excited to see two of our incoming freshman perform at such a high level throughout the weekend."

Professional lifeguards from 64 USLA chapters nationwide competed for individual and team honors in water and beach course events that test their lifesaving skills. Monmouth County earned the Howard Lee Trophy with a total of 1,217.348 team points.

Nunnally led the way for the Explorers by winning the Open American Ironperson, finishing in 5th in the Open Ironman, and helping his teams to a 2nd place finish in the Open Surf Boat Race and 11th in the Open Taplin Relay. The Avon, N.J. native also excelled in the men's 40-44 age bracket by winning the Surf Race and Run-Swim-Run events and taking 3rd in the Board Race.

Incoming freshman Anne Skimmons helped her squad win the Open 4x100 Run Relay, take 2nd in the Open Rescue Race and 4th in the Taplin Relay. The Point Pleasant Beach High School product also finished in the top 20 in the Open American Ironperson (8th), the Open Ironman (8th), the Open Surf Ski Race (10th), the Open Board Race (13th), the Open Board Rescue Race (14th), the Open 2K Beach Run (15th), and the Run-Swim-Run event (17th).

Fellow newcomer Hannah Elliott of Long Branch, New Jersey, won the women's Open Run-Swim-Run event and helped her team take the Open Rescue Race. The Long Branch High School graduate also grabbed 2nd in the Open Board Rescue Race, and guided her team to a 3rd place finish in both the Open Surf Race and the Taplin Relay event.

The Explorers open the 2014-2015 season at Villanova on October 23.
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