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Doctor Mike Barrows Red Bank
Oct 02, 2018

Dr. Mike Barrows Excels at National Lifeguard Championship

By Les Pierce

Doctor Mike Barrows Red Bank

Dr. Mike Barrows is presented with medals at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in Noordwick, Netherlands

A medical doctor deals with saving lives through diagnosis and treatment. Red Bank resident Dr. Mike Barrows further carries that mantra to the beach and has been a lifeguard since the age of 16. The 45 year old physician continued as a guard and is still a member of the Sea Girt Beach Patrol.

For area lifeguards the highlight of the season is participating at the annual United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championship which was held this year in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The tournament attracted 600 competitors representing nearly 40 chapters this year. The Monmouth County chapter is co-captained by Barrows and William George and finished second overall to Los Angeles County; host Virginia Beach placed third.

Barrows scored points for the squad in four events. Partnered with Jack Green the duo took the championship in the Mens 40-44 Surf Boat Race. He then went on claim second place in the Mens 45-49 Surf Race and fifth in the Mens 45-49 Board Race.

He expressed satisfaction with his success in the age group competitions but explained that his greatest gratification comes in competing in the grueling Open Mens American Ironman event. Here he competed with athletes who are up to 25 years younger and picked up six points for Monmouth with an eleventh place finish. He has placed in the top five three times in this event over the years with his best showing a second place in 2010. “I like to measure myself by competing in open competition and I am glad I can continue to score for the team at this level,” stated Barrows.

Mike’s desire to seek out the highest level of competition has taken him into the international arena. He is in fact, Manager of the United States Lifesaving National Team which will be competing at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia in November.  He served as the Head Coach of that team for the two previous biennial championships in 2014 (Montpellier, France) and 2016 (Noordwick, Netherlands) and competed at both venues. In 2016 he captured the gold medal in Mens 40-44 400 Meter Surf Swim and silver in the Mens 40-44 Ironman.

He has three daughters, Ellison, aged 10 years and twins Audrey and Grace who are eight years old. All three are swimmers on the Red Bank YMCA Aquarockets team, where their dad began his swimming career at the age of eight. The girls also participate in the Sea Girt Junior Guard Program and appear to be following in their father’s footsteps.

Dr. Barrows is Section Chief, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Unterberg Childrens Hospital of Monmouth Medical and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Medicine. He also maintains an office in Shrewsbury.