The Longport Beach Patrol crew of Mike McGrath and Sean Duffey won the 12th annual Hammer Row in 38 minutes, 51 seconds Thursday at Seaview Harbor beach in Egg Harbor Township.

The 3.8-mile doubles race went from Seaview Harbor beach to the Longport and Margate intracoastal waterway and back.

McGrath is the son of the late Michael D. McGrath, for whom the event is named. The elder McGrath was a former Longport Beach Patrol captain and rowing champion.

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Wildwood’s Steve McGuinn and Brandon Joyce were second in 38:59, and Wildwood’s Darrick Kobierowski and Terry McGovern were third in 39:07. Fourth was the Avalon crew of Erich Wolf and Jake Enright in 39:27. Fifth and the alumni division winners were former lifeguards John Swift (Margate) and Nick Cote (Surf City).

Randy Townsend and Jenna Parker, of Harvey Cedars, were 28th overall and the mixed doubles champions in 44:55. Margate twin sisters Amanda and Kristine Auble finished 33rd and won the women’s division in 46:19. Kevin McFadden and John Slattery were 20th overall and won the Longport alumni division in 42:43.

Judge Casciato, a 74-year-old Longport alumnus, combined with Jim Mason, a 68-year-old Ventnor alumnus, to get 16th in 42:27.

Ocean City’s Brian Pasternak won the prone paddleboard division in 39:54. Eddie Okinsky of Seaside Heights took the standup paddleboard division in 42:35.

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I’ve been at The Press since January of 1983. I cover all sports in general, but mostly lifeguard racing, and high school field hockey, football, swimming, basketball, crew, baseball and softball.

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