Santa Barbara City Lifeguard Zane Booth had big day at the California Surf Lifesaving Association Championships on Saturday at Carpinteria City Beach, winning three individual events and helping a relay team to a title.
Booth, a recent graduate of Dos Pueblos High, won the Under-19 Ironman title and took top honors in the U19 Run Swim Run and Board Race and was a member of the first-place U19 Rescue Relay. His teammates were Andrea Bish, Brittney Gamble and Jake Ballantine.
Booth, who along with Bish are headed to the U.S. Nationals in Virginia Beach, also placed well in Men’s Open Division events, competing against top lifeguards from throughout the state. He took second place in the Open Ironman and the Board Race, and placed fourth in the Surf Race, Board Rescue and Taplin Relay. The relay team consisted of Greg Robinson, Miles Gaitan and Jack McKenna.
In the overall men’s individual standings, Booth finished in fourth place with 69.250 points. Santa Barbara’s Ben Brewer, competing for the California State Lifeguard Association, came in sixth at 65.250.
The overall men’s champion was Hayden Hemmens of Newport Beach with 144.500 points. James Bray of California State Lifeguard Association was second and Porter Hogan of Laguna Beach came in third.
In team competition, the California State Lifeguards took first place in the A Division, L.A. County was second, Newport Beach third and Santa Barbara fourth.
The B Division was won by Laguna Beach, followed by County of Orange, Port Hueneme and Carpinteria. Santa Barbara County-Campus Point placed seventh.
L.A. County dominated the women’s overall standings, taking the top four spots. Sarah Burris finished in first place. Jenna Solberg, a former UCSB water polo player competing for L.A. County, was the fourth-place finisher.
Santa Barbara’s Gamble placed sixth.