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Posted on: August 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Charleston County Parks place 11th in National Championship

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Lifeguards from Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) recently competed in the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships and made their mark as one of the top lifeguard teams in the country. The event took place in Daytona Beach Aug. 6-8.

Overall, CCPRC’s team placed 11th in the country, out of 42 teams in their division, which consisted of the largest beaches in the country (based on number of staff members). CCPRC’s team consisted of 11 members, including four women - Hannah Craig, Taylor Stubbs, Mary Stewart Wilson and Peyton Wilson; and seven men - Bo Blythe, Stephen Fernandez, Stephen Heyward, Max Hutton, Clark Noble, John Radel and Anthony Tipton. The women competitors took home six individual top 20 awards, with two in the top 10, as well as five top 20 team awards, with one in the top 10. The men took home two top 20 team awards, and seven top 10 individual age group awards.

CCPRC team member Hannah Craig also competed individually in two events in the Junior division (under 19) of the national competition and placed in the top three in both events, the Run-Swim-Run (2nd place) and the Surf Swim race (3rd place).

The top 20 open and top 10 age group winners for the USLA Adult Lifeguard National Championships were:

Open Women winners:
Hannah Craig: Run-Swim-Run, 7th; Surf Swim Race, 13th; American Ironwoman, 17th
Mary Stewart Wilson: 2K Beach Run, 7th
Peyton Wilson: Surf Swim Race, 12th
Taylor Stubbs: 2K Beach Run, 11th
Team events:
4 x 100 Run Relay, 9th – Craig, Wilson, Wilson, Stubbs
Rescue Race, 10th – Craig, Wilson, Wilson, Stubbs
Board Rescue Race, 13th – Craig, Stubbs
Board Rescue Race, 15th – Wilson, Wilson
Taplin Relay, 16th – Craig, Wilson, Wilson, Stubbs

Open Men winners (team events):
Board Rescue Race, 15th – Bo Blythe, Anthony Tipton
Rescue Race, 19th – Max Hutton, Stephen Fernandez, John Radel, Shaun Buen (Nags Head)
Age Group Men winners:
Clark Noble: Surf Swim Race, 3rd; 2K Beach Run, 4th; Ironman, 4th
Stephen Fernandez: Run-Swim-Run, 5th; Ironman, 7th; Surf Swim Race, 7th
John Radel: Surf Ski, 10th

Next year, CCPRC will host the regional competition for USLA lifeguards, the South Atlantic Lifesaving Association Championships, on Folly Beach for the first time. CCPRC has been staffing lifeguarded areas since 1976, when they began lifeguarding the beach at Kiawah Beachwalker Park. Today, CCPRC employs about 150 lifeguards at three water parks, and about 50 lifeguards at three beach parks (Beachwalker, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach County Parks) and the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. For details on CCPRC lifeguards and their training, visit the link below. For more information on CCPRC, visit

The United States Lifesaving Association is America's nonprofit, professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means. For more information or for full results from the National Lifeguard Championship, visit

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