Upper Township Beach Patrol’s Kevin Gill won two races Saturday at the Beschen-Callahan Mem-orial Lifeguard Races in North Wildwood to lead his patrol to its first team title at the event.

Gill, 16, a rising junior at Ocean City High School, won the swim by 26 seconds in 9 minutes, 10 seconds. He returned to take the run-swim by three seconds in 12:29.

Upper Township also got second-place finishes by Dan Palumbo and Jon O'Neil in the doubles row, and a second by Joe O'Neil, John's brother, in the singles row.

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Upper Township scored in five of the six races and had a winning total of 17 points. Stone Harbor, the two-time defending champion, won the surf dash and placed second with 14 points. Avalon and North Wildwood each scored 11 points, but Avalon got third place with a higher finish in the doubles row, the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association tiebreaker.

“It’s really awesome to win the Beschen-Callahans,” Upper Township Beach Patrol Capt. Bill Handley said. “We were uncertain of our potential because we didn’t have a good Cape May County Championships (July 5 in Wildwood Crest). But we knew we had good athletes and they came through tonight.”

Avalon's Erich Wolf won the doubles row with Craig Whitehead, and Wolf came back to win the singles row.

North Wildwood's Pat McVan won the can run by seven seconds in 1:44.


Team Scoring (Scoring was 5-3-2-1 for the first four places.) 1. Upper Township 17; 2. Stone Harbor 14; 3. Avalon 11; 4. North Wildwood 11; 5. Wildwood Crest 6; 6. Wildwood 5; 7. Sea Isle City 2.

Doubles Row

1. Avalon (Erich Wolf-Craig Whitehead; 2. Upper Township (Dan Palumbo-Jon O'Neil; 3. Wildwood (Brandon Joyce-Steve McGuinn); 4. Stone Harbor (Zac Campbell-Dennis Bakey).


1. Kevin Gill, Upper Township 9:10; 2. Sean McCall, Stone Harbor 9:36;  3. Steve Tarnowski, Wildwood Crest 9:37; 4. BlakeTrabuchi-Downey, Sea Isle City 9:40.

Surf Dash

1. Stone Harbor (Sean Bonner, John Ruskey, Zac Campbell, Cane Daly) 2:44; 2. North Wildwood 2:47; 3. Wildwood Crest 2:49; .56. 4. Upper Township 2:52.56.


1. Kevin Gill, Upper Township 12:29; 2. Dan McDevitt, Stone Harbor 12:32; 3. Sean Kilgannon, Wildwood Crest 13:01; 4. Devin Kuhn, North Wildwood 13:07.

Singles Row

1. Erich Wolf, Avalon; 2. Joe O'Neil, Upper Township; 3. Joe Taylor, North Wildwood; 4. Pat Scannapieco, Sea Isle City.

Can Run

1. Pat McVan, North Wildwood 1:44; 2. Kevin Mallon, Wildwood 1:51; 3. John Ruskey, Stone Harbor 1:57; 4. Kevin Gayhardt, Avalon 1:59.

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