Shane Whipkey: 2004 - 2008
Alumnus, Shane Whipkey leads off our first ever "Alumni Spotlight". Shane worked for the beach patrol for five summers and is a graduate of Villanova University. He shares some of his favorite memories from his time in the Crest.
What made you join the beach patrol?
Summer job with great people and to stay active all while having fun oh and maybe to talk to girls...
What is your best memory from your years with the WCBP?
WCBP winning the Beschen-Callahan Races while my mom was in the hospital for breast cancer, it was the first time WCBP had won the races in several years. Chief Buddy Johnson asked me to come up with him to accept the award as the races are in honor of my uncle Mike.
Also, the Devils Triangle, LCR, any lifeguard ball, Gum guy, Tri-Woods, and not letting my partner, Ryne Adolph, operate the radio.
What are you up to now?
Live in New York City and work as a Senior Relationship Manager at Bloomberg L.P.
How has the beach patrol impacted your life?
Taught me the true meaning of teamwork and camaraderie. I learned how to respect the ocean and to treat the beach patrons with respect. I made some life long friends and have memories and stories to last a lifetime.
What advice would you give a young guard today?
WCBP Winter Roll Call 2017 was held last night at Smokin' Johns Bar & Grill in Manayunk. Many thanks go out to Winnie & Bob Clowry for hosting the event at their establishment....in attendance at last night's Roll Call were the following: Frank "Bronco" & Sue Higgins, Bob & Winnie Clowry, Don "Doc" & Janet Dougherty, Tom & Lori Carroll, Mike & Chelsea LaRose, Don Pettit and wife, Steve & Maryellen Serburn, Max Bilkins, Beau Preston, Wade Preston, Shane Sweeney, Cameron Aregood, Mike Peitriforte, Leeny Tarnoswki, John Steiger, Steve Connor, Jim Ficcara, Dan Howey, Matt Fisher, Matt Benedetto, Gabe Keown, Terry McGovern, Allison Pollock, Joe Coffey, Norbert Hammekee, Bill Rohfling (class of 49-50) and his son Tom. If anyone was left out, my apologies but I think I got everyone that was there.
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The WCBP family wishes everyone a Happy New Year and looking forward to the summer of 2017......please mark your calendar for the annual WCBP Alumni BBQ and social get together scheduled for Saturday August 19th at Rambler Rd & Beach (WCBP Tent HQ) 6:00 pm and on....
Stay well and see soon you on the safest & finest beaches anywhere.......Wildwood Crest, NJ.
Congrats to WCBP Alumnus Matt Johnson and Lonnie on the birth of their first child born today 12/26/16.... Everyone doing well......more future WCBP junior lifeguards!!!
Congrats go out to WCBP Alumnus Dan Howey on the birth of his first child, Dane Howey....7lbs & 19.5 inches tall! Baby, mom and dad all doing great! Another WCBP Jr. lifeguard waiting in the wings....hope to see them all on the Crest beach this summer! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Joe Maloy, Greg Billington and Ben Kanute are the three men who will represent the United States in triathlon at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. Each earned his first Olympic appearance through a rigorous selection process that concluded Saturday at the ITU World Triathlon Series race in Yokohama, Japan.
Maloy, 30, has recorded a series of top-20 finishes bridging the end of last season to this year, including a best of sixth at the World Triathlon Series Gold Coast event last month. He then took 11th in Yokohama Saturday, which boosted his World Triathlon Series ranking to 16. He closed 2015 placing seventh at the Cozumel ITU World Cup, followed by an 11th-place effort at the Tongyeong, South Korea, event a week later. The second American across the line and 16th overall at the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, he was fourth at the 2015 national championships after winning the title in 2014. He also has a bronze medal to his credit, won at the 2014 Cozumel world cup.
A four-year member of the Boston College swim team, Maloy then became an assistant coach at the school for two more. He won 12 varsity letters (cross country, track, swimming, tennis) at Wildwood Catholic High School in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.
A pair of top-10 finishes at the beginning of April indicates that Billington, 26, is rounding into form as Rio approaches. Currently 34th in the WTS rankings, he was the top American finisher at the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, placing 15th. The Spokane, Washington, native closed out 2015 by placing fifth at the Tongyeong world cup stop. A two-time U23 U.S. champion (2011, 2012), he logged his career-best world cup placement in 2013, when he was fourth at the Guatape, Colombia, event, and also won the Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup that year. He also was champion of the 2014 Hong Kong ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup.
The youngest of the three Olympic triathletes at 23, Kanute jumped up to 43rd in the current WTS rankings after placing 17th in Yokohama, 1:25 off the winning time. He won the CAMTRI sprint race in Clermont, Florida, earlier this season and finished 11th at the New Plymouth, New Zealand, world cup event in April. The reigning U.S. national champion, he had a career-best silver-medal finish at the 2014 world cup race in Tongyeong. A two-time junior elite national champion (2008, 2010), he was the first U.S. triathlete to the tape at the 2015 ITU Grand Final in Chicago, finishing 20th, and closed out the 2015 season as the top-ranked American in the ITU World Triathlon Series.
The three men join women’s team members Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True, who qualified for the women’s team last year based on their placements at the Rio Olympic qualification event, where Jorgensen finished first and True took fourth. A third woman will be selected to the team in the coming days. By Craig Bohnert
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