By Steve Breazeale
The city of San Clemente was well represented at the 2013 USLA National Junior Lifeguard Competition, as 36 local junior lifeguards made the trip to Manhattan Beach to compete in the prestigious event.
Everett Prussak, 11, was among the top San Clemente finishers on August 7. Prussak won two bronze medals in both the IronGuard, a run-swim-paddle-run event, and the Distance Run. He ended his day with a top-10 finish in the run-swim-run race. Prussak learned the ropes from his father, Chris, a two-time former winner of the state Lifeguard of the Year award.
In the Boys Beach Flags age 9-11 event, Matthew Masotto finished fifth. Teammate Annie Larson placed ninth in the girls race.
In the Girls Beach Flags age 16-17 race, Kaleigh Anderson produced a fourth-place effort.
The 12-13 Swim Relay team of Ethan Leimel, Jeff Larson, Cole Mulder, Ty Matson and Mia Edwards finished ninth overall. In the 14-15 Swim Relay Nick Scheel, Fischer Frauenzimmer, Gabrielle McCormic, Sawyer Labbe and Dominic Rodarti also placed ninth.
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