Rod McClave continued his dominance of East End open water swim races by winning the 5K portion of the fifth annual Red Devil Swim at Fresh Pond in Amagansett on Sunday.
McClave, 40, a New York City resident, won the Swim Across America race at the same location on July 12—a race he’s won in all five years of its existence—and also won the Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge on July 26. This Sunday, he completed the sweep in the 3.1-mile bay swim, finishing in 1:23:43, battling what East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad member Jim Arnold said were very tough conditions on the return portion of the swim.
“It became very difficult, because the wind increased,” Arnold explained. “Everyone did really well, considering. Even Rod said it was probably his hardest swim in 10 years.”
Matt O’Gram, 53, of Sag Harbor finished second in the 5K swim, in 1:36:03, and Shara Fredrick, 42, of Brooklyn was the top female in the race, with a time of 2:02:19.
Griffin Taylor, 16, of New York won the mile swim, in 28:15, followed by Sophia Taylor, 16, in 30:01. Steven Soldo, 45, of East Hampton won the half-mile swim, in 17:02, while Jodi Richard, 49, of New York was the top female, in 32:42.
Complete results are at prtiming.com.
Nine people completed the half-mile swim, 28 finished the mile swim, and 14 finished the 5K.
The race raised around $2,500 for the East Hampton Hurricanes YMCA swim team, and for the first year the event received a sizable donation from the Alec Baldwin Foundation. Arnold said he struck up a conversation with Baldwin when he saw him during breakfast one day, and Baldwin offered to cover the cost of putting together the event, including purchasing the event T-shirts.