Richard has been addicted to chlorine for as long as he can remember.
In high school he played water polo and was a lifeguard coach. In college
he was a swim team groupie and part-time water polo player. It was not
until he finished college that he started regular competitive swimming as
a member of an early Masters team in London. Upon arriving in New York,
he joined the West Side Masters - a team training at the West Side YMCA
in Manhattan - ultimately taking on chief coaching and team leadership.

As children came, the call of Long Island became too strong to resist, so
Excel was Richard's next port-of-call. Richard is a charter member of our
team. In the years since, and as his stroke technique improved (and his
choice of training lanes slowed down with age), he has continued to
compete in both pool and - more often - open water events.

Richard gained All-American honors in the initial USMS National 1.5 mile
open water race in Lake Placid in 1998 and has competed in events ranging
from 1 mile to 10K. In 2016 he participated in the Inaugural Spuyten Duyvil
10.5K Open Water event in the Hudson River. A regular at Excel's 6:00AM
workouts where he captains lane 3 and keeps both the swimmers and the
unfortunate coach honest, Richard also manages the post-workout
jacuzzi club (memberships are still open!).

Richard is the Technology Manager for Memphis-based Orgill. He
and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Matthew and Laura.