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.
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.”