Local Digest: Modesto JC's Richard laps field at Big 8 swim championships

April 20, 2013 

— No one swam faster at the Big 8 Conference Championships than Modesto Junior College's Tim Richard. The sophomore was named the event's Swimmer of the Meet after what he accomplished the last three days.

Richard capped his performance Saturday by leading off the 400-freestyle relay with a split of 40.51, which broke John Monnich's school-record 45.71 set in 1987. On Thursday, he broke Monnich's 50-free record.

On Friday, Richard toppled still another 1987 Monnich record with his 1:39.41 in the 200 free. He also won the 100 breaststroke and is seated No. 1 in that event going into the State Championships next week at East Los Angeles.

Richard also improved the Big 8 record in the 200 breaststroke to 2:06.78. That race was honored as the performance of the meet. The Pirates' 400-free relay quartet — Richard, Derek Price, Darrius Mehring-Ford and Zack Hammond — snapped another 1987 school record with a 3:11.92.

The women featured Alex Wheeler, the No. 2-seeded swimmer who came from behind for the win in the 200 free.


• MJC COMEBACK, at Sacramento — The Pirates, no-hit for six innings and trailing 2-0, exploded for eight runs the next two innings and hung on for an emotional 8-7 Big 8 decision at Cosumnes River. MJC (10-11, 17-15) won three straight one-run games over the Hawks (6-15, 12-20) this week.

Dan Carney broke up the no-hitter in the seventh and ignited the rally. Damien Arteago anchored the comeback with a pair of two-out, two-strike hits, good for four runs.

• WARRIORS WIN, at Oakland — Pitcher Byron Lemon picked up his second win in as many starts and Danny Molieri closed Cal State Stanislaus' 5-4 win over Academy of Art at Laney College. The Warriors (9-31), 4-4 in non-league games, featured Justin Charles with two RBIs.


• SENIORS CELEBRATE, at Turlock — Stanislaus celebrated Senior Day with a 4-3 and 5-1 doubleheader sweep over Cal State East Bay in California Collegiate Athletic Association action. The Warriors scored their second straight walkoff win in Game 1 via a four-run seventh. Sarah Locarnini's single to deep left-center plated Kiley Mendez for the game-winner.

In the nightcap, Stanislaus (16-32, 9-23) rallied for three runs in the sixth. Lauren Liming keynoted the inning with a double, and Brittani Weatherford capped it with a sacrifice fly.

• MJC SWEPT, at Rocklin — The Pirates (9-29, 3-17) were no-hit by Sierra's Maddie Phelps 8-0 during the six-inning opener, then dropped the doubleheader 7-1 in Big 8 action.


• RUNNING FAST, at Norwalk — Stanislaus' Marina Ghabbour covered the 1,500 meters in 4:24.88, shaving six seconds off her NCAA qualifying time, at the Long Beach State's Beach Invitational at Cerritos College. Ghabbour placed a close second behind Britney Whitehead of Eastern Illinois.

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