The USLA (United States Lifesaving Association) Tournament took place August 8th through the 10th, and among the more than 100 competitors was SUNY New Paltz's Tim Stecher. Stecher is a rising senior who had a stellar first year with the Hawks swimming program; setting several personal records and top-three finishes in competitions.

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Day One was very successful for Tim, there were several events that Stecher was selected to compete in; the landline (a simulated water rescue), run-swim-run, paddle pick up, and rescue race. Stecher and his team reached the finals of the landline and rescue race.

Day Two had Stecher and his team finishing third in the preliminary round of the rescue race, this qualified them among a total of ten teams for the finals race- the team ended the day in 10th place in the finals.

This was a welcome competition for Stecher, who said that his "favorite part about participating in the Lifeguard Tournaments is that it gives me something to compete in over the summer, along with the fact that I get to travel to some really awesome locations."

The SUNY Hawks athletic program put together a mighty 2018-19 year, click here for more on their record-breaking season and where they're looking ahead to next.