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  • Jim Arnold, the Montauk Swim Challenge’s race director, said Monday that he expects as many as 200 long-distance swimmers, from as far away as the Bahamas and the West Coast, will take part in this Saturday’s event, from which the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s aquatics center fund is to benefit.

    Arnold is anticipating a large turnout in part because “we’re on the U.S. masters swimming calendar. . . . Rod McClave [the perennial winner] may have some competition this year. That’s what we’re hoping.”

  • “Jeffrey was an amazing guy,” T.J. Calabrese said the other day of his late friend, Jeff Bogetti. “He had such an infectious personality that you wanted to be around him; he was really funny. That’s why he had so many friends.”

  • Jeffrey Steven Bogetti, 46, died of brain cancer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on May 30 following a four-and-a-half-year illness.

    Mr. Bogetti, a roofing contractor who surfed and passed on his love for the water through his work with the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad and as an instructor of junior lifeguards here, was born on Sept. 25, 1967, in Bronxville, N.Y.

  • It’s as Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, I know Lyme disease when I experience it. I don’t care what the test — which has yet to come back — says.

    It flattens one, utterly. Though this time — I’ve had it before, about 10 years ago — I was able to think, after a fashion; not that it’s an absolute requisite in this business.

  • Sunday’s Youth Triathlon at Maidstone Park was the I-Tri program’s biggest yet, what with 72 entrants who ranged in age from 10 to 17.

    “We’ll probably have to cap the number of entrants soon,” said Diane O’Donnell, one of I-Tri’s volunteer coaches, given the fact that the town has yet to close down the 7-mile bicycle course to traffic.

    Still, all went smoothly, Theresa Roden, I-Tri’s founder, said afterward, adding, “We were thrilled with the turnout.”

  • Zach Brenneman, a former all-American midfielder at Notre Dame and pro who’s embarked now on a career in the financial world, has not entirely put lacrosse behind him: This week he and eight other coaches, most of whom he grew up playing the game with, oversaw a camp at East Hampton High School that drew 53 kids between the ages of 5 and 12.

  • About 100 swimmers of all ages participated Saturday morning in a Swim Across America event in Gardiner’s Bay that raised an estimated $65,000 for cancer research and for Fighting Chance, “the best provider of services to cancer patients on the planet,” in the words of Gerry Oakes, chairman of Swim Across America’s volunteer Nassau-Suffolk committee.

    “It wasn’t a race,” Oakes later said, “though people can if they want to. It’s about swimming together for a great cause.”

  • With eight games to go as of Tuesday, the Montauk Mustangs, a first-year entry in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League, needed to win four to earn a playoff berth.

    While the playoffs may not be in the cards, the season, according to the Mustangs’ coach, Jason Szafarski, has gone “really well. We’re probably among the top two in the league in attendance. The field is beautiful, I just hope they maintain it.”

  • Soccer is king at East Hampton High School — the team, in the absence of a varsity football squad, will be featured at homecoming this fall as the result of a student vote — and it has been king here at the adult level for years, beginning with emigrants from Costa Rica in the mid-1960s, after which came Mexicans, Colombians, and Ecuadorians, mostly from Cuenca (not to mention the Irish).

  • Those East Hamptoners of Costa Rican and Colombian descent watched the World Cup quarterfinal matchups involving those countries with especial interest here this past weekend, and while neither Colombia nor Costa Rica wound up winning, the fans (most of them skillful soccer players themselves) with whom this writer spoke pronounced themselves happy all in all.