The John T. Goudy Memorial Rescue Races, a lifeguard competition with a rescue theme, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Suffolk Avenue beach in Ventnor.

Each of the four races is a simulated rescue in which the lifeguards row or swim out about 500 feet from shore, unhook 50-pound dummies attached to flags and bring them back to shore. The short races are usually close and exciting.

Most of the beach patrols in the South Jersey Lifeguard Chiefs Association will compete, along with the guest patrols of Harvey Cedars, Lavallette, Island Beach State Park and Ship Bottom.

The races: the doubles surfboat rescue (a doubles row), the individual swim rescue, the combination rescue (a doubles crew and swimmer combine for each patrol), and the individual surfboat rescue (a singles row).

Atlantic City won the team title last year, edging Longport on the South Jersey doubles-row tiebreaker after the teams tied with 11 points.

Ventnor was third with 10 points.

The event honors the late Goudy, a former Ventnor Beach Patrol chief.

Atlantic City won the doubles and combination rescues last year but will have new lineups in both races Friday. Brothers Carson Rau and Tyler Rau will row doubles for A.C., and the team of rowers Mike Santangelo and Dan Ludwig and swimmer Kevin Wallace will handle the combination.

Margate’s Shane Dickson and Hunter Pizagno will row the doubles rescue. They won that race in 2015 to help Margate take the team title. Also back is Longport’s Mike McGrath and Tim Schwegman, who were second in the doubles rescue last year.

Jeff Shanley of Harvey Cedars won the swim rescue in 2016, and he returns. Ocean City’s Glenn Lasco, who took second last year, is also set to go. Other swim contenders include Lavallette’s Ben Smith, Ventnor’s TJ Given and Margate’s Joey Rodgers.

Longport swimmer John Tepper will team with the crew of Eric Grimley and Tom Kresz in the combination rescue. They took second in the Goudy combination last year.

Margate’s Chuck Gowdy will go for his third straight win in the Goudy individual surfboat rescue. Ventnor’s David Funk, who took second in the race last year, also returns, along with Longport’s Pat McMenamin, who was third in 2016.

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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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