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Gwinnett lifeguards take home first place

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation state team (left to right back row: Christina Wang, Stephen Brinkley, Victor Barr. From left to right front row: Rachel Rice Guido Saccaggi, Jordan Rubin) took home first place at an annual competition July 29. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation state team (left to right back row: Christina Wang, Stephen Brinkley, Victor Barr. From left to right front row: Rachel Rice Guido Saccaggi, Jordan Rubin) took home first place at an annual competition July 29. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Six local lifeguards made it on the Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation state-bound team. After competing this past Monday, the group brought home first place at the annual Georgia Recreation and Park Association State Lifeguarding Competition in Greene County.

“We are extremely proud of the lifeguard team for their victory at state,” said Christine Greenfield, coach and GCPR’s aquatics coordinator. “Our lifeguard team takes great pride in their training and skill execution, and they were excited to utilize it in a competition setting.”

Before the competition, Rachel Rice, Christina Wang, Jordan Rubin, Guido Saccaggi, Stephen Brinkley and Victor Barrstudied worked through lifeguard materials, swam and conditioned during the summer to prepare for the event.

On the big day, the group participated in several events evaluating teamwork, athletic ability and lifeguarding knowledge. The GCPR lifeguards won five out of the seven events and placed third in the other two.

The team won the swim relay event with the fastest time, and finished in first with a perfect score during a critical incident event applying their lifeguard skills during a realistic emergency simulation. The team placed first during the written lifeguard exam, rescue relay and triathlon events.

The Gwinnett County Lifeguard team has won this competition in the past two years.

The team was also coached by GCPR Aquatics Supervisor Jason Cutchins.