OCEAN CITY - The Ocean City Beach Patrol used victories in the relays and the women's races to win its third straight team title at the South Jersey Lifeguard Pool Swimming Championships on Sunday.
The event at the Ocean City Aquatics & Fitness Center included two women's races for the first time, and Ocean City won both. The Ocean City men won no individual races but swept the relays.
In addition to its outright championships the last three years, O.C. tied Wildwood Crest for the 2009 title.
Holly Berenotto of Ocean City won the women's 100-meter freestyle race in 57.50 seconds. She returned to do the 50 freestyle anchor as O.C. captured the other all-female race, the 200 medley relay, with Sydney Boswell (backstroke), Erin Curry (breaststroke) and Jill Smaniotto (butterfly).
Ocean City scored 96 points for first place. Stone Harbor, led by double-winner Devin McCall, scored 59 points for second. McCall was chosen the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer. Atlantic City was third with 46 points.
"I've never been in this meet before," said Berenotto, 21, an East Carolina University swimmer and former Egg Harbor Township High School standout. "The 100 freestyle is one of my best events. I thought it was really good (to have women's races). I liked it a lot."
The Ocean City women's medley relay kept increasing its lead and won by nearly a pool length in 2 minutes, 3.04 seconds.
Ryan Clark and Tony Mehalic were on all three of Ocean City's winning men's relays. Teammates Dan Casey and Brian Brady were on two apiece.
"We did some extra work in the pool the past week and tried to put up the best lineup we could in the individuals and relays," said Clark, who finished his swimming career with The College of New Jersey last winter. "The girls really helped us out a lot. I'm glad we'll have it back in Ocean City next year."
The South Jersey Pool Meet is always held in the home pool of the previous year's champion.
Stone Harbor made an impressive showing as McCall, 18, won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, and brother Sean McCall, 20, took the 200 freestyle. Both are rookie lifeguards. Stone Harbor's Tim Hayes edged Ocean City's Graham Parker by 0.04 seconds in separate heats of the 100 breaststroke.
"We had a good team and decided to come to the meet this year," said Devin McCall, a rising senior at Gloucester Catholic High School. "We knew Ocean City was a powerhouse. We wanted to win it, but we're pretty satisfied with second."
Other winners included North Wildwood's Sean Regan (100 butterfly), Avalon's Teddy Walker (50 freestyle) and Wildwood Crest's Gabe Keown (100 freestyle).
Contact Guy Gargan:
1. Ocean City 96; 2. Stone Harbor 59; 3. Atlantic City 46; 4. (tie) Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood 38; 6. Avalon 31; 7. Ventnor 24.
200 medley relay-1. Ocean City (Bryan Mattingly, Graham Parker, Tony Mehalic, Ryan Clark) 1:50.06.
200 freestyle-1. Sean McCall, Stone Harbor 2:00.29.
50 freestyle-1. Teddy Walker, Avalon 23.86.
200 IM-1. Devin McCall, Stone Harbor 2:11.73.
Women's 100 freestyle-1. Holly Berenotto, Ocean City 57.50.
200 freestyle relay-1. Ocean City (Ryan Clark, Tony Mehalic, Dan Casey, Brian Brady) 1:37.00.
100 butterfly-Sean Regan, North Wildwood 58.21.
100 freestyle-Gabe Keown, Wildwood Crest 53.40.
100 backstroke-1. Devin McCall, Stone Harbor 1:01.60.
100 breaststroke-1. Tim Hayes, Stone Harbor 1:07.81.
Women's 200 medley relay-1. Ocean City (Sydney Boswell, Erin Curry, Jill Smaniotto, Holly Berenotto) 2:03.04.
400 freestyle relay-1. Ocean City (Tony Mehalic, Dan Casey, Brian Brady, Ryan Clark).