Cumming Aquatic Center Lifeguards Among Best in State

Second-place team included: Adam Vaughan, Sissy Bowers, Riley Geoghan,

Hanna Allen, Emily Carroll, and Tony Scheyer

A group of Cumming Aquatic Center lifeguards recently took second place honors in the Georgia Recreation and Park Association’s State Lifeguard Competition at Lake Oconee.

Two teams from the Aquatic Center were among a total of 16 teams from across the state that took part in the competition. The Cumming Aquatic Center’s “A” team tied with a group from Cobb County for second place in the competition, while the center’s “B” team finished seventh overall. Gwinnett County’s “A” team placed first in the competition for the fourth year in a row.

Cumming Aquatic Center lifeguards on the second-place team included: Adam Vaughan, Sissy Bowers, Riley Geoghan, Hanna Allen, Emily Carroll, and Tony Scheyer. Those on the seventh-place team were: Justin Olive, Emily Pope, Josh Torre, Katherine Brostrom, Audrey Clanton, and Annsley Marks. For all of the members on the seventh-place team, this was their first time ever taking part in a lifeguard competition.

During the competition, the lifeguards participated in a variety of events including: Swim, rescue, and rescue board relays; a team triathlon; a CPR scenario; and Capture the Flag.

This is the second year that the Cumming Aquatic Center has taken part in the State Lifeguard Competition. Last year the center sent one team, which finished in fourth place.

“We are so proud of all of our lifeguards who took part in this year’s and last year’s State Lifeguard Competition,” said Carla Wilson, Director of the Cumming Aquatic Center. “This competition is an excellent opportunity for our lifeguards to show off their training, skill and high fitness level, while getting valuable practice in high-stress scenarios similar to those they might experience during an actual emergency.

“Their high levels of performance during these competitions go to show how well trained and prepared they are in their daily jobs – which are so very important -and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them.”