Arlington Heights lifeguards mark 30 years of friendly rivalry

  • Team Camelot member Kenny Smith, 18, of Arlington Heights, jumps in the Pioneer Park pool with sweatpants on Thursday during one of the lifeguard contest drills in Arlington Heights Park District's 30th annual competition.

      Team Camelot member Kenny Smith, 18, of Arlington Heights, jumps in the Pioneer Park pool with sweatpants on Thursday during one of the lifeguard contest drills in Arlington Heights Park District's 30th annual competition. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comDeven Cesarz, 15, of Arlington Heights shows his excitement after rescuing a mannequin baby from the bottom of the Pioneer Park pool Thursday during the Arlington Heights Park District's lifeguard competition.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.comDeven Cesarz, 15, of Arlington Heights shows his excitement after rescuing a mannequin baby from the bottom of the Pioneer Park pool Thursday during the Arlington Heights Park District's lifeguard competition.

  • As part of Team Pio-Story, lifeguards Jenna Pors, 17, Kate Mallek, 18, and Meghan O'Grady, 18, of Arlington Heights get ready to compete Thursday at Pioneer Park in Arlington Heights.

      As part of Team Pio-Story, lifeguards Jenna Pors, 17, Kate Mallek, 18, and Meghan O'Grady, 18, of Arlington Heights get ready to compete Thursday at Pioneer Park in Arlington Heights. Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 7/11/2019 10:26 PM

The Arlington Heights Park District celebrated three decades of friendly rivalry among its pool staffs during the 30th annual lifeguard competition on Thursday night at Pioneer Park.

Teams from the five neighborhood pools in Arlington Heights -- Pioneer, Heritage, Recreation, Frontier and Camelot -- showcased their lifeguard skills and swimming abilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The annual midsummer event began as a training activity in which lifeguards were tested on different rescues.

Two awards are given out every year: one for the team with the most spirit and one for the squad that wins the most skill events and races.

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