LOS ANGELES — Tim Richard's brilliant performance last week at the Big 8 Conference Swimming Championships three Modesto Junior College and two league records turned out to be just a warmup.
Richard became the 10th MJC swimming/diving champion Thursday night when he won the 200-yard individual medley at the State Community College Championships. The 6-foot-6 sophomore, a graduate of Downey High, was seeded fourth going into the final but took charge of the title race from the start.
Richard was timed in an MJC-record 1:49.08, which lowered his record set two years ago. Wyatt Woodward of Palomar was second in 1:52.10. The Pirates' star will continue at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium today in the 100 breast and Saturday in the 200 breast.
MJC also featured Alexis Wheeler, who lowered her own MJC record by a full three seconds to 5:10.09 and placed third in the 500 freestyle.
Both MJC 200 free relay teams qualified for the finals. The women finished 13th (1:42.96) and the men were 16th (1:28.63).
SIERRA 3, MJC 0 Modesto managed only six singles, three by Damien Arteago, and were blanked by Big 8 Conference second-place holder Sierra (28-7, 18-5) at the MJC ballpark. The Pirates (17-17, 10-13), locked in fifth place, may need to win their regular-season finale against third-place Delta today at MJC at 2:30 p.m. to reach the NorCal playoffs.
Modesto advanced only one runner to second base and grounded into two double plays. Sierra starter Ryan Gearing struck out five in six innings. All three runs by the Wolverines were unearned.
CSUS COACH MOVES ON Morgan Cathey, assistant men's soccer coach at Cal State Stanislaus the last two seasons, has accepted the head-coaching job at Whitworth, an NCAA Division III power in Spokane, Wash. Under Cathey, the Warriors won their first-ever California Collegiate Athletic Association title and made their first D-II tournament appearance.