Poor weather conditions prevalent on Saturday morning led to a slight decline in numbers for the fourth annual “Red Devils” Open Water Swim at Fresh Pond in Amagansett.
A windy on-again, off-again hard rain combined with a 1- to 2-foot chop and sweeping current made it tough for the 62 participants, said race organizer Jim Arnold. The race benefited the East Hampton Ocean Rescue volunteers.
“It was challenging, but everyone had a good time,” Arnold said. “It was really great.”
Michael Petrzla and Thomas Brierly both tied for first place in the two-mile race, in 39:30. Brierly, son of Steve Brierly and the nephew of Craig Brierly, both East Hampton Ocean Rescue volunteers, placed fourth last year. Last year’s winner, Matt O’Grady, placed second, in 39:49, while Lori King placed third, in 43:40. Dan Mendelson placed fourth, in 47:00, and Nadine Moors finished fifth, in 48:00.
Griffin Taylor won the one-mile race for the second consecutive year, finishing in 21:00. Eliot Ptasnik finished second, in 21:30, while Georgie Bogetti, daughter of East Hampton Ocean Rescue volunteer Jeff Bogetti, placed third, in 23:00. Ben Howard finished in fourth place, in 25:00, and Mark Sagliocca finished fifth, in 25:50.
Amanda Calabrese won the half-mile swim, in 13:00. Cecilia DeHavenon placed second, in 13:10, Tadhg Gavigan placed third, in 13:13, and Sophia Taylor, sister of Griffin, finished fourth, in 13:15. Julia Brierly placed fifth, in 13:30.
According to Arnold, the swim got its name “Red Devils” from the red Speedos the East Hampton Ocean Rescue volunteers wear.