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98 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 14 - July 20, 2000 No slackers surfing to victory in lifeguard championships By Dave Frederick The average person strolling the Rehoboth Boardwalk on a Wednesday afternoon would have absolutely no idea about how to judge the quality'of lifeguard competition on the beach below. There are fit people running and swimming while others pull ropes with swimmers attached, or five guards dive into the sand for only four rubber hoses. But the quality of athletes for the annual USLA Foster Lager Mid-Adantic Lifeguard Champi- onships is sometimes world class. Andreas Roestenberg of the University of Texas won the 400- meter ocean swim in rough condi- tions for the second year in a row. "I'm 27 years old and going to the Olympic Trials later this month hoping to make the team in the 100-meter and 200-meter," Roestenberg said. "Last winter I was on the United States open wa- ter team that went to Australia to compete. I feel I have a good shot to make the Olympic team." Missing from the open 400-me- ter swim was Chesapeake Bay Crossing champion Scan Bren- nan, who is training for next week's annual swim around At- lantic City competition. Rehoboth's own Kevin Danahy was not overly confident before the two-mile beach run. "I've been sick and haven't trained for about seven days," Kevin said. "Plus, last year I got 'kicked' in this race." Danahy led from start to finish last Wednesday, July 12, to easily capture the two-mile light-footed Ginine Lucarelio of Smith Point Beach, only 16 years old, who was the easy winner in the women's open race. "I ran about 4:54 for 1,500 in high school last spring and can run about 19:24 for a 5K," Ginine said. School teacher and track coach Marty Viera, who just turned 30, was the master's winner in the two-mile soft sand run. "I trained for 195 straight days getting ready for this race," Viera said. "Some of my training runs are 10 miles long and include speed and pacing work. I'm look- ing forward to the nationals." More than 235 professional life- guards from seven Mid-Atlantic states came to Rehoboth Beach to test their skills. The winners in events like the two-mile beach run, the surf-and-sand relay and the swimmer rescue go to the two- day national championship in San Diego in mid-August. "These are real lifeguards, working lifeguards, who guard open-water beaches from Virginia Beach to New York," said Richard Colosi, a U.S. Lifesaving Associa- tion representative who organized Dave Frederick photo Lifeguards from up and down the East Coast take offon the two-mile soft sand run. Dan Cook photos Above left, Andreas Roestenberg from Monmouth, N.J. emerges from the surf victorious in the men's division of the 400-meter ocean swim, as did Maura Bolger, right, in the women's division. Bolger represented Sussex County. Steve Conion, left, a lifeguard from Delaware State Parks Beach Patrol battles an unidentified opponent in the men's beach flags competition during Wednesday's USLA Lifeguard Championships in Rehoboth Beach. the regional event. Last year, lifeguards assisted more than 1.6 million swimmers - risking their own lives in about 7,000 of those rescues, Colosi said. Submitted photo LewesCubs win third straight title The Lewes Little League Major League Cubs won their third consecutive title, finishing the regular season with an unblemished 16-0 mark. They also claimed the county cham- pionship by defeating both Millsboro and Laurel at the Sus- sex County Fair to end the year with a record of, 18-0. Team members include (back row l-r) coach Bob Cellurale, Jay Marsh, Scan Tappan, coach Mike Tappan, Chris Donges and manager Ed Gill. Kneeling are Justin Lesko, Billy Cunning- ham, Blaine Cellurale and Jimmy Gill. Seated are Garrett Williams, Bryan Mack, Casey Fagan, Mike Coyle and Willis Harmon. Submitted photo Milford Magic says thanks for support The Milford Magic 12 and under softball team would llke to thank Harry Faust of Faust Sheet Metal Works for providing the location for a car wash the team held on June 24. Team members also would like to thank Sanford Hazzard of Haz- zard Auto Parts for providing supplies. The team has earned the right (and is earning the money) to play in the NSA Na- tional World Series in Columbus, Ohio. Team members are Marybeth Betts, Amanda Haxton, Brittany Jackson, Laura McIllvain, Debbie Messiek, Laura Olenderski, Bethany Pavlik, Tory Ridgeway, Brooke Shallcross, Jacki Warren, Jen- nifer Warren, Kayla Warrington and Lucy Wilkinson. Submitted photo McDonald earns All.American honors Connor McDonald completed his season by taking silver medals in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling at the AAU Grand Nationals in Dayton, Ohio, July 1-2. Connor has medaled in five of the past six years. Connor has a 131-5 record in Greco-Roman and is 149-2 in freestyle. Over the Ju- ly 4th holiday, he competed in Birmingham, AlL, at the Na- tional High School Coaches Association Folkstyle Southern Nationals Connor, who weighs in at 57 lbs., had to compete in the 65 lb. bracket, which was the lowest weight class for his age group. His bracket included 30 state champions Connor went 8 and 2 to finish seventh. After the competition, he was honored as an elementary school All-American by the NHSCA. Connor is shown here on his way to pinning Scottie Sentes of Brandon, Fla.