Babylon Pro Tom Eickelberg 3-Peats Here

Eickelberg was pleased with his Montauk sprint title defense
His owner didn’t stand a chance in the last few yards up to the finish line at the foot of the Lighthouse. Jack Graves

   Tom Eickelberg, a 24-year-old pro who is now the assistant swim coach at the State University at Cortland, three-peated at the Montauk Point Lighthouse’s sprint triathlon Sunday, besting 430 other competitors in 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 16 seconds.
    He did the half-mile swim in 12:58, the 14-mile bike leg in 33:12, and the 5K run in 18:10, leading all the way.
    Eickelberg’s time — and the times of most of the others who competed last year — was somewhat slower than in 2012, owing chiefly, he said, to a strong in-your-face current on the swim off Gin Beach.
    “There were also a lot of boat fumes,” said Sharon McCobb, a number of whose young trainees did well that day.
    That list began with 17-year-old Thomas Brierley, the 14th finisher over all and second in his 19-and-under age group. Last year, Brierley, who’s eyeing a professional triathletic career, was 21st over all.
    Other locals listed in the male 19-and-under group’s top 10 were Teague Costello (1:16:43), T.J. Paradiso (1:21:40), Thomas Treadwell (1:56:55), Kevin Fee (2:13:09) and Ciaran Fee (2:13:10).
    Maggie Purcell, 13, of Southampton, topped the 19-and-under girls in 1:30:09, followed by Liana Paradiso (1:30:58), Lucy Kohloff (1:32:29), Amanda Calabrese (1:34:33), and Isabella Swanson (1:34:39).
    Kira Garry, 20, of Montauk, the fourth female finisher (behind Karen Pompay of Garden City, Nadine Moors of Shirley, and Jessica Lester of Long Beach), in 1:22:17, led a large group of Friends Academy students who are raising money to go toward a scholarship fund to be named in memory of Garry’s late classmate and track team co-captain, Brian Hom.
    Ryan Siebert, with whom Eickelberg used to work at Mike Monastero’s Babylon Bike Shop, moved up from fourth to second this year, edging out David Powers, 46, of Wainscott, who placed third (as he did last year).
    “I won here in 2007 and in ’09,” said Powers. “My days of winning are done, but it’s still fun. . . . I had a 20-yard lead on Ryan, but he caught me at the two-and-a-half-mile mark. I had kind of thought he would.”
    Eickelberg, who a little more than a month ago was dethroned in the Montauk triathlon by a Kiwi, Michael Poole, after which he said he’d have to train harder, was pleased with his Montauk sprint title defense.
    “I channeled my inner riot,” the winner said when told by a spectator that he seemed to be burning up the course. “And don’t forget to mention our sponsors, the Babylon Bike Shop, Western Beef, and PowerBar.”
    The Western Beef team, he added, had placed one, two, four (Eric Florio), and six (Kenne Moore) that morning.
    “And now,” said Powers, “let it rain.”
    Other age-group place-winners from here were Sophie Kazickas, third among the 20-to-24-year-old females; Summer Foley, fourth among the 20-to-24s; Erin Tintle, first, and Raisa Tarailaite, fifth, among the 40-44s; Tennille Treadwell, sixth among the 45-49s; McCobb, third among the 50-54s; Kathy McGeehan, third among the 55-59s, and Diane O’Donnell, fourth among the 60-64s.
    Rich Swanson was ninth among the 40-to-44-year-old men, and John Andrews of Sag Harbor won the men’s 70-to-74 division.
    Justin Kulchinsky, whose Mayfair Rocks store on East Hampton’s Main Street was the major sponsor, placed 11th over all.