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Sep 23, 2019

Mike Barrows Scores at National Lifeguard Championships

By Les Pierce

Mike Barrows lifeguard

Mike Barrows with daughter, Ellison, at the USLA National Lifeguard Championships

Dr. Mike Barrows first worked as a lifeguard at the age of 16. Some 30 years later, he continues as a member Sea Girt Beach Patrol. Based on his performances at the recent United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) National Lifeguard Championships, it appears he will continue to protect beach visitors for years to come.

The nationals were conducted over four days (Aug. 7 to 10) in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Barrows competed primarily in the age group competition for the Monmouth County team where he racked up four wins and a pair of second place positions. He demonstrated his versatility with success in swimming, running, rowing and ironman events.

Barrows picked up individual gold in the 45 to 49 Ironguard, 45 to 49 Run Swim Run and the 45 to 49 Surf Swim. He also partnered with fellow oarsman Jack Green to successfully defend their 2018 National Championship in the 40 to 44 Surf Boat event.  In addition, he garnered silver medals in the 45 to 49 Ironman and the 45 to 49 American Ironman.

Barrows couldn’t resist testing the waters against younger guards and entered the strenuous Open American Ironman. Being more than 25 years older than many of the competitors, he still managed to pick up 11th place points for the team.

Monmouth County finished second in the 36-team field, yielding only to Los Angeles County by an 889.752 to 841.832 tally. Completing the top five team scores were Sussex County (713.322), Outer Banks (580.625) and Smith Point (352.754).

Barrows shares his passion with daughters Ellison, 11, and 9 year-old twins Audrey and Grace. All three girls compete in Monmouth County-based junior lifeguard tournaments.

This year, Ellison traveled with her dad to compete in the USLA National Junior Lifeguard Championships C Division. Following his lead, she also brought home hardware. She took gold in the Swim Relay and the Rescue Race and silver in the Run Swim Run. She also earned bronze medals in the Paddleboard Race and Surf Swim.

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.