27 Rookies Earn Spots on the Ocean City Beach Patrol in 2015

first_imgStart of the ocean swim during the Ocean City Beach Patrol tryout on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Credit: Anne Copeland MerrillQuinn Cassidy runs to the finish as winner of Saturday’s ocean swim during the 2015 Ocean City Beach Patrol tryout this weekend. Credit: Anne Copeland MerrillAfter two days of tests that began on Saturday morning (June 13) and included an ocean swim, a half-mile run, a short surf dash, a 150-yard row in the bay and an interview, 24 men and three women were selected from a field of more than 50 applicants for the 2015 Ocean City Beach Patrol rookie class.OCBP hiring is competitive and based on the two-day tryout. The run is not scored in the final rankings, but all applicants must meet a cutoff time.The flag for the out-and-back swim course was set much farther out to sea than in other years, and made for a grueling test for the applicants.Quinn Cassidy finished first in the swim in about 28 minutes, more than two minutes ahead of the next finisher.Cassidy is son of Ocean City Beach Patrol Hall-of-Famer Sid Cassidy, who won the South Jersey Lifeguard Championship swim in 1977 and 1978. He swims for the University of Florida.Congratulations to the 2015 OCBP rookies (in alphabetical order):Quinn CassidyFrank ChristyMatthew CrawfordTigue DevineBrad DonohueAndrew DuffJoe FurzeJake GraziottoRyan GreerRyan KingPatrick KistlerDerek KneiselChristopher KowalMadeline McCabeBrian McGroartyDavid MillarRyan MitchellTres OstienJared SchiavoneJason SchiavoneWilliam StahlKyle StanleyNoel StyerShanin TheissBrandon TruongDrew WinklerHannah Wraylast_img read more

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