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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 race 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
deck coach honest, Richard also manages the post-workout breakfast club.
Richard is a Technology Manager
and has CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
certifications. He and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of Matthew and Laura.
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