Tom Eickelberg, the 25-year-old Long Island-born pro who lives in Cortland now, where he coaches SUNY Cortland’s swim teams, four-peated at the Montauk Lighthouse Sprint Triathlon Sunday in one hour, two minutes, and three seconds.
He would have set a record, said Eickelberg, whose sponsors include Western Beef, the Babylon Bike Shop, and PowerBar, had not the swimmers had to fight against an outgoing tide in Block Island Sound.
Montauk’s own Kai Costanzo holds the record, at 1:00.11, which he did in 2001.
The race is to the swift in this event, which comprises a one-half-mile swim, a 14-mile bike leg, and a 3.1-mile trail run that finishes at the foot of the race’s beneficiary, the Montauk Lighthouse.
“The finish doesn’t get any better than this,” said Erin Tintle, 42, an East Hamptoner who was the seventh female (and 53rd over all), in 1:23:50.
Eickelberg, who has been giving swimming camps in upstate New York and in Vermont this summer, led wire-to-wire. His training partner, Ryan Siebert, 22, of Patchogue, who in June won the Montauk Triathlon, was at the race, but, because of a sprained knee, did not compete.
Eickelberg’s splits were 11:36 in the swim, 32:17 in the bike, and 17:06.1 in the run.
Luke Tuddenham, 35, a former Aussie who lives in New York City, where he runs the North American operation of C.P.T. Global, a tech firm, and competes with the Full Throttle team, was the runner-up (as he also was at the Montauk Triathlon), in 1:07:57.
Tuddenham, who’s summering in East Hampton, said he’ll do the national Olympic distance championships in Milwaukee and the world championships in Edmonton, Canada, in the coming weeks. “I’m hoping for a top-10 finish among the 35-to-39-year-olds at the world championships,” he said.
Adrian Mackay, 49, of New York City, was the third-place finisher, in 1:08:07.
David Powers, 47, of Wainscott, the Old Montauk Athletic Club’s athlete of the year past, finished fourth, in 1:09.36. Powers won the Sprint triathlon in 2007 and 2009 — in 1:09.11 in 2007 and in 1:08:10 in 2009.
Sarah Welton, 32, of New York City, was the women’s winner (and 15th over all), in 1:14:57. Caitlin Dowd, 24, of Smithtown, was the runner-up, in 1:17:56, and Kira Garry, 21, of Montauk, was third among the women, in 1:18:39.
Thomas Brierley, 18, who recently became the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad’s youngest member, and who will compete as a triathlete for Marymount University in Arlington, Va., come the fall, topped a very strong group of young athletes, a number of them lifeguards, as he is, in 1:14:49. He was 14th over all.
Besides Brierley, the 19-and-under division’s top finishers included Nick Sweeney, who won I-Tri’s youth triathlon at Maidstone Park the week before, Teague Costello, T.J. Paradiso, Chasen Dubs, Ryan Duryea, T.J. Calabrese, Thomas Treadwell, Ryan Bahel, and Ciaran and Kevin Fee.
Similarly, the following locals were among the female 19-and-under leaders: Lucy Kohlhoff, Katrina Garry, Liana Paradiso, Maggie Purcell, and Isabella Swanson.
Paige Duca, 17, of Rockville Centre, a steeplechase all-American at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead who lifeguards in Montauk, was the 10th female finisher, in 1:24:47. Duca was for the second year in a row the female winner (and third over all, behind Sweeney and Dubs) in the aforementioned I-Tri youth triathlon.
Among other local finishers, Mark Barylski, 23, of Bridgehampton, was third in the 20-to-24 division; Robert Reich, 30, of Montauk, was second in the 30-34s; Mike Bahel, 48, of Amagansett, was fourth, and Craig Brierley, 49, Thomas’s father, was sixth in the 45-49s; Evan Drutman, 50, of Sag Harbor, topped the 50-54s, finishing 26th over all, in 1:18:07; Kevin Barry, 52, East Hampton High’s boys cross-country coach, was fourth in that group; Kevin Harrington, 59, led the 55-59s, in 1:20:34; Drew Dunleavy, 65, was fourth among the 65-to-69s, and John Andrews, 73, of Sag Harbor, was the top 70-to-74 finisher, in 1:44:39.