A team of 11 lifeguards from East Hampton trained by Katie Osiecki placed third among 27 teams in the all-female National Parks Service tournament at Sandy Hook, N.J., on July 31.
“The teams came from up and down the Eastern Seaboard,” John McGeehan said in reporting the results.
Lucy Kohlhoff won the beach flags competition and Kira Garry won in the distance run. Amanda Calabrese was the runner-up in the run-paddle-run event and, with Katrina Garry, Kohlhoff, and Paige Duca, second in the run relay.
Paloma Tavera placed seventh in the ocean kayak race; Katrina Garry placed seventh in the distance run and 10th in the run-paddle-run. Calabrese was seventh and Kira Garry 15th in the Iron Woman event.
In addition, Shannon Ryan and Morgan German placed 12th in the surf rescue, and Ryan, German, and Nora Rosati finished 15th in the swim-run relay.
“It’s the 29th year of the tournament,” said McGeehan, “though we haven’t been in it for many years. Katie Osiecki deserves all the credit. She’s been training our Montauk and Amagansett girls all summer. . . . There were two divisions. We were in the large town one.”
McGeehan added that “more than 200 participated in the town junior lifeguard tournament at Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett this past weekend. “The boys and girls competed in pretty much the same events that you’d see in a senior lifeguard tournament . . . paddleboard races and rescues, beach flags, three-person landline rescues. . . .”
Twenty-two East Hampton guards are competing in the national tournament this week at Manhattan Beach, Calif.
East Hampton’s roster comprises Lucy Kohlhoff, Andrew Foglia, Vanessa Edwardes, Peter Johann, Katie Osiecki, Amanda Calabrese, Thomas Brierley, Teague Costello, Rob Rewinski, Garner Minetree, Paige Duca, Jeremy Pepper, Kelly Kalbacher, Colton Kalbacher, Shannon Ryan, Hayley Ryan, Chris Cinque, Sean Fosse, Devon Coy, Harrison Kennedy, Patrick Mullin, and Basil Lynch.
Overseeing the team are John Ryan Jr. and Ed Reid.
McGeehan also reported that East Hampton’s entry, which included Foglia, Johann, Nick Sweeney, Cinque, and Eric Bramoff, among others, placed fifth in an invitational tournament at Smith Point on July 29. East Hampton won the beach flags competition, he said.