Sarah Powell '22 was one of the first females ever to compete in Cape May Beach Patrol's 39th SuperAthalon lifeguard race on July 12. The run-row-swim event had a women’s division for the first time this year, and Powell was one of eight women competing. She finished first with a time of 1:27:39.
The competition is for lifeguards from competing beach patrols.The course included a 2.3-mile street run before competitors boarded surfboats for a 1.5-mile singles row in the ocean. They then completed a 200-yard run to the beach followed by an out-and-back quarter-mile swim. The event concluded with a run from the ocean to the finish line on the beach.
Lifeguards found this year's race particularly challenging due a strong current. Powell and other competitors had to complete the swim course twice (and she still earned a 3rd place spot!). After failing to swim around the marker the first time, they swam to shore, jogged up the beach, and reentered the ocean to swim the course again.
Powell has worked as a lifeguard in Avalon, NJ for the past few summers. She could be spotted in the competition wearing her Mount swim cap!