Four members of the Flagler Beach Junior Lifeguard competition team claimed 17 medals Saturday, July 22, at the Junior Lifeguard Competition, held at Jacksonville Beach.
The competition featured five agencies, including Brevard County, Fernandina Beach, St. Johns and Jacksonville Beach.
Sully Marigliano, 14, had the biggest day, winning in all seven events he competed in, including the gold medal in the final event of the day — beach flags.
Beach flags is played like musical chairs, where competitors try to grab a shortened garden hose out of the grand.
Ombline Marigliano, Alexis Savage and Brianna Savage also competed.
Flagler Beach Ocean Rescue Lt. Rodney Harshbarger, who also is the junior lifeguard program director, said all of Flagler’s competitors won at least two medals.
The competition consists of seven different events in three age categories: ages 9 to 11, 12- and 13-year-olds, and 14- and 15-year-olds.
In order to be in Flagler’s junior lifeguard camp, you must be between 9 years old and 15 years old, and must swim 100 yards in less than 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
Harshbarger specifically said he was impressed with how the team did in the water events.
“We typically do well on the sand — in the beach flags and runs,” he said. “But this year, it seemed like we did better in the water.”
Harshbarger said there wasn’t a specific reason for the team’s water performance this season, though.
There are still openings for the surf and kayak camp, held at Flagler Beach, which will be take place 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 30, through Friday, Aug. 3.
Cost is $50 for the week.
For more information, go to www.CityOfFlaglerBeach.com.