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Solana Beach teenager, 13, named ‘top female athlete’ among junior lifeguards

Sofia Rodgers was named “Top Female Athlete” of the Junior Lifeguards’ competition at the California State Games on July 16 in Coronado. Courtesy photo

Although Sofia Rodgers joined the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguards just last year, she is already ranked as one of the state’s top junior lifeguards.

The 13-year-old was honored as “Top Female Athlete” of the Junior Lifeguards’ competition at the 2015 California State Games on July 16 at Coronado Central Beach.

“I was really surprised,” said Sofia, who lives in Solana Beach. “It was really good to know.”

An eighth-grader at Earl Warren Middle School, Sofia joined the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguards last summer when she was 12. The program, which is open to children ages 7 to 16, promotes self-esteem and physical fitness.

The program’s Carter Reeves was also named “Top Male Athlete” at the California State Games.

“I like Junior Guards because it’s taught me a lot about the ocean and how to be safe in the ocean,” said Sofia, who also competes in track and field at her school and plays soccer for Arsenal FC San Diego. “It’s made me feel more comfortable just being in the water in general.”

It was Sofia’s first time participating in the California State Games, a multisport festival of Olympic-style competition for the state’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities.

The competition was open to any Junior Lifeguard Program associated with the California Surf Lifesaving Association. Junior Lifeguard events included distance run, distance swim, run-swim-run, run relay, swim relay, paddle relay, rescue relay and beach flags.

“It was a lot of fun,” Sofia said.

For more about the Solana Beach Junior Lifeguards, visit www.cityofsolanabeach.org/juniorlifeguards.

For more about the California State Games, visit www.calstategames.org.


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