Powered by first-place finishes in the Boat Race, Swim Relay, and Power Relay, the Spring Lake lifeguards defended their beach last evening in the annual Spring Lake Lifeguard Tournament. After earning just three points in the opening event, the 10-leg Beach Run Relay, Spring Lake proceeded to earn seven points (the highest amount possible in the Big Beach division) in three of the remaining five events, ultimately pocketing a commanding 31 total points throughout the tournament.

Belmar and Sea Girt finished in a tie for second place, with each town collecting 24 points. Belmar managed to pull out a win in the Paddle Board Relay, while Sea Girt posted three second-place finishes throughout the event. Long Branch finished fourth with 22 points, while Manasquan and Ocean Grove rounded out the Big Beach division with 21 and 10 points, respectively.

The Small Beach division ended with a tie for first place, as Avon and Seven Presidents both finished with 15 points. By winning the final event, the Power Relay, Avon catapulted up to the top of the leaderboard thanks in part to a fourth-place finish in the event by Seven Presidents.

Bradley Beach placed third in the Small Beach division with a respectable 13 points (including wins in the Boat Race and Paddle Board Relay), while Allenhurst ended the tournament in fourth place, amassing 12 points. Asbury Park (8 points) ended the evening in fifth place, with Sea Bright (5) bringing up the rear of the Small Beach Division.