By Ryan Givens

It was a picture perfect August evening in Ventnor for the Bill Howarth Women’s Invitational. Ventnor’s annual race pitted 15 local beach patrols against one another on the beach at Suffolk Avenue. As the final women’s race in the 2017 lifeguard season, the competition was steep.

 Only 4 points separated the top three teams at the end of the night. Ventnor defended their home beach, taking the top honors with 13 points. Atlantic City was close behind scoring 12. Margate would rounded out the top 3 scoring 10 points for the night. The Ventnor women scored a first place finish in the surf dash as well as two second place finishes in the single and doubles row. 

Sea Isle City Beach Patrol finished fourth place overall with 8 points.  In the swim, Paige Griesse finished fifth, and in the singles row Natalie Alleva finished in a close third.  In the final event, Sea Isle’s surf dash team of Kristi Rohrer, Shanann McErlean, Mandi Basantis, and Rachel Stremme placed second.

With The Bill Howarth Invite over and the women’s competition season with it, the 2017 Beach Patrol Season is coming down to its final competition. The men’s season will come to its exciting conclusion this Friday in Longport for the South Jersey Championships.

SICBP 3rd Place Singles Rower Nat Alleza prepares for her race.

 Photos and Results Provided by Dale Braun



Doubles Row:

1st – Atlantic City

2nd – Ventnor

3rd – Margate

4th – Longport

5th – Avalon



1st – Margate

2nd – Avalon

3rd – Wildwood

4th – Ocean City

5th – Sea Isle


Singles Row:

1st – Atlantic City

2nd – Ventnor

3rd – Sea Isle

4th – Margate

5th – Avalon


Surf Dash:

1st – Ventnor

2nd – Sea Isle

3rd – Wildwood Crest

4th – Atlantic City

5th – Ocean City


Team Winners:

1st – Ventnor (13 points)

2nd – Atlantic City (12 points)

3rd – Margate (10 points)

4th – Sea Isle (8 points)

5th – Avalon