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The 2023 South Atlantic Lifesaving Association (SALA) Regional Lifeguard Competition was held in Carolina Beach, North Carolina in July. The two-day competition pitted 268 lifeguards from 12 beach patrol organizations from as far north as Virginia Beach, Virginia south to Jacksonville Beach, Florida against each other.   Shore Beach Service sent a team of 19 lifeguards, primarily determined by individual points in our local competition. 

In most events, men and women compete seperately.  "Open" events, are for competitors of any age, but primarily has athletes under age 30.  Most of Shore's team competed in the open events.    In the open events, points are awarded for any top 10 finish, with anyone in the top 5 earning a medal.  In the age groups, the top 3 places earn medals and points.

Overall, Hilton Head finished 4th in the Large Beach division, with 170 points, our most points scored at the SALA Competition.   Full rests can be found a salausla.org/lifesaving-sport




2023 Team Roster

Name Points
Taylor Smith (12)
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Greg Kohler (6)
Lansing, Michigan
Parker Whiley (6)
Harpers Ferry,West Virginia
Andrew Fitzpatrick (3)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Jan Hanzal (3)
Prague, Czechia
Carolina Asberg (2)
Bjarred, Sweden
Ben Bayless (2)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Amadeusz Kielczewski (2)
Szczecin, Poland
Killian Riley (2)
Mercer Island, Washington
Leonardo Trevisan (2)
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Aren Trost (2)
Emporia, Kansas
Maddie Byrd (1)
Slidell, Louisiana
Kendra Grooms (1)
Ohio, West Union
Katelyn Holmstrom (1)
Rice Lake, Wisconsin
Macy May (1)
Coldwater, Ohio
Weston Naville (1)
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
Anne Marie Tuffnell(1)
Wauwtosa, Wisconsin
Cassidy Vogt (1)
North Robinson, Ohio
Patryk Winiatowski (1)
Bydgoszcz, Poland 
(#)-Years on team 




Top 10 Finishes

Place Competitor(s) Event
1 Jan Hanzal Men's Run Swim Run
1 Ben Bayless Men's 2K Run
1 Taylor Smith Women's 30-34 Surf Race
1 Taylor Smith Women's 30-34 Beach Flags
1 Taylor Smith Women's 30-34 2K Run
1 Taylor Smith Women's 30-34 Run Swim Run
1 Greg Kohler Men's 30-34 Run Swim Run
2 Weston Naville Men's 2K Run
2 Leonardo Trevisan Men's Run Swim Run
2 Hanzal, Winiatowski, Fitzpatrick, Trost Men's Landline Rescue
2 Hanzal, Kielzewski, Fitzpatrick, Trost Men's Rescue Race
2 Grooms, Smith, Tuffnell, Vogt Women's Beach Relay
2 Greg Kohler Men's 30-34 2K Run
2 Greg Kohler Men's 30-34 Surf Race
4 Cassidy Vogt Women's 90 Meter Run
4 Amadeusz Kielzewski Men's Surf Race
5 Jan Hanzal Men's Surf Race
5 Fitzpatrick, Naville, Trost, Winiatowski Men's Beach Relay
6 Trevison, Winiatowski, Riley, Whitley Men's Rescue Race
6 Asberg, May, Smith, Vogt Women's Rescue Race
7 Macy May Women's Beach Flags
7 Aren Trost Men's 90 Meter Run
8 Carolina Asberg Women's Run Swim Run
8 Kendra Groom Women's 90 Meter Run
8 Kielzewski, Naville, Riley, Whitley Men's Landline Rescue
9 Taylor Smith Women's Beach Flags
10 Taylor Smith Women's 90 Meter Run