TriCounty In February 2008, Richwoods swimmer Matt Elliott became the first freshman in history to win two individual events at the IHSA swimming and diving state finals. Elliott won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:50.93 and the 100 breaststroke in :56.94.
He was the second-youngest male to participate in the 2008 Olympic Trials at Omaha, Neb., where then-15-year-old Elliott placed 52nd out of 64 starters in the 200-meter breast.
Illinois Swimming, the governing body of the sport in the state, honored Elliott as its Male Athlete of the Year in October. The Peoria Area Water Wizards swimmer currently is a member of the USA Swimming national junior team.
In February 2008, Richwoods swimmer Matt Elliott became the first freshman in history to win two individual events at the IHSA swimming and diving state finals. Elliott won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:50.93 and the 100 breaststroke in :56.94.
Ulrich has coached in the Junior Football League and youth baseball for 32 years, while also serving as president of numerous youth leagues and director of the Peoria Diocesan basketball tournament. He began volunteering as coach for the Richwoods Browns JFL team in 1971 and served in a coaching or administrative capacity for the Richwoods JFL program from 1971-89. In addition, he served as a coach and president of the Richwoods League League, as well as Pony League, from 1975-85. During that same period, he coached the Bergan All-Star Pony League from 1981-84. In his role as St. Thomas Grade School athletic director for 32 years, Ulrich directed the 11 boys (six) and girls (five) basketball teams for 27 years, scheduling tournaments, ordering uniforms and hiring officials among his many duties. He also served as director of the Peoria Diocesan Tournament for 14 years. Ulrich coached basketball at Peoria Heights Grade School from 2006-11 and he volunteered as manager of a fastpitch team in the Peoria Park District Softball League for 23 years, while also playing on the team for several seasons. He currently is completing his two-year stint as the St. Philomena School 5th Grade boys basketball team and is preparing for his second year of coaching in the Irish youth baseball program.