Local Lifeguards Pack a Punch in Va. Tournament

Joey Tepper (left), Bella Taylor (center), and Gavin Loughlin (right) pose for a picture together during their time in Virginia Beach, Va. for the USLA National Lifeguard Championships. 

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA. - Diamond Beach Patrol’s Gavin Loughlin and Wildwood Beach Patrol’s Bella Taylor both represented their patrols in the U – 19 United States Lifeguard Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships.

According to information in a release, the tournament was held Aug 7. in Virginia Beach, Va.

Taylor is returning to Wildwood as the U.S. Surfski and Ironwoman National Champion.

Loughlin was a runner up to Longport Beach’s Joey Tepper in the Ironguard, Run Swim Run, and Surf Swim competitions.

Loughlin also won the Paddle Board race.

The tournament is a part of the USLA National Lifeguard Championships, which runs until Aug. 10.

Click here to view the results of this week's tournaments.