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Running with the Big Dog

Olympic Gold Medalist, Matt Biondi, enjoying quiet life in Waimea

Matt Biondi

How does one go about making the transition from World Record Holder to classroom teacher in a tiny school out in Waimea?

That is just what Matt Biondi has done, living a quiet life for the past 11 years while teaching and coaching at Parker School.

Biondi has achieved twelve world swimming records, 11 Olympic medals, including 8 gold and was a four time All-American in both swimming and water polo.

Matt Biondi, a super hero both in and out of the pool as he continues to do remarkable things by expanding young minds in the classroom.

Biondi first competed at the age of five and even then you could tell he was destined for big things as in the final race of the season he set the age group record by swimming the freestyle event in 16.2 seconds.

But most of Biondi’s success, as he will tell you, has been built on his failure.

“We should all experience what it’s like to be embarrassed and to fail,” Biondi said.  “It is just the normal process that we go through in order to succeed.”

Biondi set many national and collegiate records throughout his youth and while attending the University of California at Berkeley played on the NCAA water polo championship team as a freshman in 1983.

In 1984 he won his first Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles and in the ’88 Olympics added five gold, one silver and a bronze medal during the Seoul, Korea games.

But Biondi wasn’t done, in ’92 he returned to Barcelona and helped the U.S. relay team in winning two gold medals and added an individual silver medal in the 50 meter freestyle event.

“In my first race during the ’88 Olympics, the 200 free, I swam my second fastest time ever and finished third, Biondi said.  “I felt really good and I knew I did well.”

Biondi married a local girl, Kirsten, who is originally from Manoa on Oahu and the family decided to make Hawaii their home.

“We moved to Waimea eleven years ago and we’re really happy here,” Biondi said.

Back during his highly competitive swimming days Biondi was logging 6 miles per day in the pool and I wanted to know what this 6 foot 2 inch man was doing to stay in shape after a world breaking career in sports competition?

“During my competitive high school years I weighed in at 137 pounds and my teammates would call me ‘stickman’ due to my slender build and size 14 shoes,” he said.

By college, through a weight lifting program and hard work, Biondi bulked up and by the 1988 Olympics weighed in at 210 pounds.

“I currently weigh 215,” Biondi said.  “The muscle is mostly gone, but the bulk is still here.”

To stay in shape Biondi swims three times per week with the Academy Masters Swim Team at the Hawaii Prep pool.

“I will swim one mile and use a typical water kick, or the butterfly and other strokes,” he said.

For cross training Biondi will rely on home chores to keep him in shape.

“I’ll mow the grass and do other things, like stretching along with abdomen curls followed by pushups and sit ups,” he said.

As for diet Biondi claims he is on the ‘See Food’ diet. 

“If I see it, I’ll eat it,” Biondi said with a chuckle.  “But seriously we eat healthy as a family with whole foods and try to stay away from processed foods.”

One of the many things the Biondi family enjoys is fruit smoothies with Chia seeds thrown in.

“We’ll have a variety of fruits mixed in with Mila Chia seeds,” Biondi said.  “I’ve seen and heard really good results by using these supplemental seeds and our entire family enjoys drinking them.”

Biondi has three children, Nate (12), Luke (9) and Makena (4) with the two oldest attending Parker School.

“When I ended my competitive career my wife and I were looking for a small town in Hawaii to live in and Waimea is the perfect place for me,” he said.  “I live just 5 minutes from work and everything is close by.”

Biondi is the math teacher at Parker School where he teaches grades from 5th through 12th.

“This year they made me the Math Department Chair which is new to me, but I’m enjoying it,” he said.

Along with his full time job as a math teacher Biondi has also been called upon to coach, what else, but swimming at Parker.

“Unfortunately there wasn’t enough interest at Parker, partly because we don’t have a pool and all our practices were held at the Honokaa pool, so the athletic department cut the sport,” he said.

HPA then recruited the highly talented athlete to coach water polo and Biondi has been helping Ka Makani athletes for the past several years.

The soon to be 46 year old, Biondi is living the life he had hoped for after athletics and living in a town that fits into his everyday lifestyle.

“I feel most alive when teaching because working with kids provides me a very fulfilling life,” Biondi said.  “My brother was an educator and at the time I live veraciously through him.”

And someday should you happen to see a happily retired teacher jogging the streets of Hawaiian Paradise Park remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from Running with the Big Dog.”

 

 

 

 

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hapuna Roughwater Swim Results – all 251 finishers

Academy Swim Club and Academy Masters Swim Team are pleased to announce the
results of the 34th Annual Hapuna Rough Water 1 mile swim.

Beautiful weather and ideal racing conditions were on hand for the 251 swimmers
who challenged the course. In a tough battle for first place, Kai Foo (Kailua
Kona), edged Sean Domingo (Toronto, Canada) by two tenths of a second to take
the title. Foo’s time was 17:46.23 to Domingo’s 17:46.44.  On the women’s side,
Alyssa Foo (Kailua Kona) took the top honors and came in 4th overall. She held
off a strong surge by Noe Vargas (Waimea) who came in a respectable 5th overall. 

Mo Mathews

      Big Island Sports Hall of Fame Member, Mo Mathews (84 years old) of Honoka'a,
swam the course just as he did back in the original race held in 1976.

Finish First Last Age    

Time

1

Ky Foo

15

 

17:

46.2

2

Sean Domigo

17

 

17:

46.4

3

Nathaniel Godale

18

 

18:

10.0

4

Alyssa Foo

17

 

18:

11.1

5

Noe Vargas

20

 

18:

13.9

6

Karlyn Pipes Nielson

49

 

18:

15.7

7

Sonny Hapgood

17

 

18:

36.3

8

Madison Hauanio

15

 

18:

37.4

9

Madeiline Foo

13

 

18:

39.0

10

Jeff Maki

35

 

18:

44.6

11

Hoyt Tomoas

13

 

18:

46.6

12

Jayna Jobes

15

 

18:

50.2

13

Bhillie Luciani

16

 

18:

50.4

14

Bree Wee

31

 

18:

50.6

15

Mark Noetzel

48

 

18:

59.4

16

Malia Santos

16

 

19:

02.5

17

Aimee Kolman

41

 

19:

07.2

18

Evan Uy

18

 

19:

15.6

19

Lily Castro

12

 

19:

54.1

20

Jason Freitas

35

 

19:

59.2

21

Sunny Wakana

24

 

20:

16.6

22

Jim McCleery

65

 

20:

17.5

23

Jim Budde

65

 

20:

41.8

24

Ben Fisher

54

 

20:

42.7

25

Sarina Wyrick

14

 

20:

45.2

26

Dane Uy

15

 

20:

49.4

27

Wendy Daniel

41

 

20:

50.4

28

Paul Tucker

34

 

21:

03.3

28

Jon Berlin

38

 

21:

04.8

29

Kelsey Christopher

21

 

21:

13.1

30

Jessica Kirkwood

28

 

21:

19.4

32

Jacob Williams

15

 

21:

28.9

33

Tom Sena

62

 

21:

32.3

34

Tina Doherty

41

 

21:

35.6

35

Edward Doherty

42

 

21:

36.5

36

Marissa Bryant-Manago

14

 

21:

50.0

37

Jes’ai Kalawa

15

 

21:

50.8

38

Dylan Niau

19

 

21:

51.4

39

Anna Thomas

15

 

21:

52.3

40

Thad Calciolari

50

 

21:

52.5

41

Andrea Lindborg

33

 

21:

53.5

42

Quintin Kramm

16

 

21:

59.1

43

Chrisine Winn

45

 

22:

00.6

44

Greg Warner

52

 

22:

02.8

45

Merry Finch

56

 

22:

04.3

46

Jason Nixon

48

 

22:

05.1

47

Katie Jeffereson

13

 

22:

05.9

48

Andrew Fauth

44

 

22:

07.6

49

Robin Backhaus

56

 

22:

09.9

50

Kris Formica

39

 

22:

14.9

51

Flint Hughes

46

 

22:

24.1

52

Teagan Rutkowski

13

 

22:

28

53

Tom Hagen

59

 

22:

40.5

54

Taylor Doherty

12

 

22:

43.1

55

Dane Enos

52

 

22:

55.4

56

Chris Wyrick

19

 

23:

05.4

57

Hannah Parkin

13

 

23:

07.9

58

Brandon Peren

20

 

23:

09.4

59

Mira Chrysostomou

13

 

23:

09.9

60

Erin Foley

35

 

23:

10.9

61

David Rietow

65

 

23:

15.3

62

Ava Jean Johnston

11

 

23:

20.4

63

Bob Smith

67

 

23:

27.3

64

Bruce Walker

60

 

23:

28.0

65

Mike Lally

51

 

23:

30.0

66

Sylvia Ravaglia

34

 

23:

32.1

67

Robin Fasciano

30

 

23:

39.9

68

Jen Gow

36

 

23:

48.7

69

Wolf Lang

24

 

24:

00.6

70

Lisa Youngs

47

 

24:

01.8

71

Peter Wizinowich

55

 

24:

03.4

72

Sam Ainslie

53

 

24:

24.7

73

Todd James

42

 

24:

29.9

74

Andrea Bess

34

 

24:

31.3

75

Karly Noetzel

11

 

24:

33.1

76

Ricci Bezona

49

 

24:

37.3

77

Roland Shackelford

26

 

24:

39.1

78

Mary Spears

54

 

24:

39.4

79

Kevin Mcardle

53

 

24:

40.7

80

Linda Jane Kelly

51

 

24:

41.6

81

Isaiah Bobnar

34

 

24:

42.2

82

Valeria Sesto

38

 

24:

47.6

83

Drew McWhirter

17

 

24:

49.3

84

Ryley Sickler

17

 

24:

49.8

85

Annamari Fuls

33

 

24:

51.1

86

Spencer Jobes

12

 

24:

51.8

87

Angela Sugar

26

 

24:

53.1

88

Mark Grant

26

 

24:

55.3

89

Mark Smith

56

 

24:

57.7

90

Reiko Sekine

54

 

25:

02.3

91

Chris Why

53

 

25:

06.4

92

Stan Lee

54

 

25:

07.8

93

Ron Hogg

63

 

25:

10.0

94

Gary Myers

58

 

25:

12.1

95

Tola Mahoney

11

 

25:

23.3

96

Lauren Nickerson

26

 

25:

24.1

97

Robert Puaokalani

54

 

25:

25.1

98

Barbara Taylor

56

 

25:

26.9

99

Marc Saks

47

 

25:

27.6

100

Xanthe Smith

47

 

25:

28.3

101

Ricci Racela

43

 

25:

29.0

102

Lee Otani

57

 

25:

30.2

103

Ian Reddekopp

17

 

25:

30.3

104

Bill Sakovich

69

 

25:

34.0

105

Pamela Harlow

47

 

25:

35.8

106

Sam Martin

56

 

25:

42.0

107

Steve Dailey

57

 

25:

43.8

108

Ginger Thomas

47

 

25:

45.0

109

Aaron Castillo

33

 

25:

46.0

110

Kevin Lynch

56

 

25:

48.4

111

Jon Jokiel

46

 

25:

49.9

112

Nolan Yamaki

34

 

25:

55.7

113

Richard Ritter

57

 

25:

57.6

114

Jim Wee

40

 

25:

58.6

115

Kaeti Ecker

64

 

26:

00.1

116

Randy Wrighthouse

52

 

26:

03.3

117

Sam Wilburn

38

 

26:

05.0

118

Anonymous      

26:

06.5

119

Walt Andreae

63

 

26:

07.1

120

Beth Goodwin

53

 

26:

07.7

121

Carol Elliot

72

 

26:

08.4

122

Chris Owens

55

 

26:

09.1

123

Christian Mcardle

18

 

26:

10.6

124

Mike DeCarli

35

 

26:

11.4

125

Hannah Tomilnson

11

 

26:

13.0

126

Weylin Foo

9

 

26:

14.5

127

Jim Kraus

63

 

26:

25.2

128

Dene Sturm

47

 

26:

45.8

129

Steve Sugar

65

 

26:

51.7

130

Ed Wetherell

41

 

26:

54.8

131

Susan Nixson

43

 

27:

03.4

132

Danny Jesser

59

 

27:

04.1

133

Patti Kiernan

61

 

27:

10.2

134

Laurie Beers

57

 

27:

10.5

135

Amanda Alt

36

 

27:

16.7

136

Yanis Nora

26

 

27:

27.6

137

David Estess

64

 

27:

38.7

138

Vera Mahoney

13

 

27:

39.5

139

Rick Rubio

57

 

27:

40.6

140

Eric Mcardle

18

 

27:

44.7

141

Heidi Smith

54

 

27:

45.5

142

Peter Bresciani

62

 

27:

46.6

143

Mary Jane Ewing

61

 

27:

48.1

144

George Fry

68

 

27:

50.9

145

Chris Alex

46

 

27:

52.2

146

Mark Paschall

48

 

27:

54.8

147

Bodhi Whitmore

9

 

28:

03.5

148

Ron Whitmore

42

 

28:

04.1

149

Sarah Stuhr

29

 

28:

05.0

150

Cindy Morse

52

 

28:

12.4

151

Jessica Abner

28

 

28:

14.5

152

Richard Egley

43

 

28:

15.4

153

Randall Cavanaugh

59

 

28:

16.3

154

Peter Jefferson

53

 

28:

17.0

155

Sean Mcardle

16

 

28:

18.2

156

Kara Saunders

29

 

28:

19.7

157

Travis Obrey

39

 

28:

20.9

158

Donna Godale

57

 

28:

26.0

159

Kate Shannon

47

 

28:

32.7

160

Wilfredo Duran

38

 

28:

35.2

161

Mark Ravaglia

40

 

28:

40.8

162

Chris Wong

58

 

28:

45.8

163

Gretchen VanDerHeyden

63

 

28:

47.1

164

George Ainge

53

 

28:

54.9

165

Dennis Osier

72

 

28:

55.6

166

Scott Ferry

52

 

29:

12.8

167

Naomi Tomoinson

15

 

29:

19.4

168

Kawika Singson

48

 

29:

22.8

169

Marsha Nora

55

 

29:

25.8

170

Catherine DuBose

36

 

29:

29.3

171

Wendy Minor

66

 

29:

32.3

172

Dick Matsumoto

58

 

29:

32.8

173

Lisa Wyman

41

 

29:

34.1

174

Eva Naniole

56

 

29:

35.1

175

Lillianna Brooks

9

 

29:

36.3

176

James Sakai

55

 

29:

37.6

177

Derek Moore

39

 

29:

41.5

178

Charlie Camacho

49

 

29:

42.5

179

Becky Thurston

63

 

29:

47.3

180

Dan Berman

58

 

29:

51.8

181

Mikey Brown

33

 

30:

02.4

182

Tiffany Lindsay

34

 

30:

12.1

183

Anna Sim

56

 

30:

18.4

184

Rob Van Geen

49

 

30:

20.2

185

Hailey Yessis

9

 

30:

20.8

186

Joe Piekarski

36

 

30:

24.1

187

Mellisa Braswell

32

 

30:

26.5

188

Joe Killian

54

 

30:

27.4

189

Kathy Hasselbring

57

 

30:

28.1

190

Pam Miller

52

 

30:

29.4

191

Rodney Palafox

28

 

30:

33.1

192

Sarah Higgins

34

 

30:

33.8

193

Susan LaLanne

67

 

30:

41.3

194

Bill Greentree

54

 

30:

51.2

195

Tom Oleary

58

 

30:

54.3

196

Peaman  

47

 

31:

02.1

197

Robin Woodley

59

 

31:

08.8

198

Clem Lam

60

 

31:

13.7

199

Page Wilburn

42

 

31:

17.4

200

Kristin Bertelmann

28

 

31:

25.0

201

Kai White

38

 

31:

26.1

202

Gemma Ley

53

 

31:

27.9

203

Angee Lincoln

32

 

31:

31.0

204

Jane Freeman

52

 

31:

38.1

205

Kieba Blacklidge

52

 

31:

43.6

206

John Maure

50

 

31:

44.7

207

Nolan Chock

57

 

31:

45.7

208

Katie Schwind

25

 

31:

57.8

209

Tomas Krasuski

48

 

32:

04.1

210

Kathy Clarke

53

 

32:

18.0

211

Michael Akau

42

 

32:

45.4

212

Brian Yannutz

23

 

32:

47.2

213

Lisa Soares

49

 

33:

04.7

214

Manu Hanano

52

 

33:

08.4

215

Gary Hammond

61

 

33:

13.8

216

Susie Spielman

55

 

33:

14.7

217

Caleb Westfall

9

 

33:

16.0

218

Jack Hoyt

65

 

33:

55.2

219

Katherine Cross

51

 

34:

00.5

220

Linda Greentree

51

 

34:

25.0

221

Mark Brooks

50

 

34:

59.1

222

Sandra Haskell

49

 

35:

02.8

223

Ellen Jackson

59

 

35:

11.8

224

Mo Matthews

84

 

35:

24.0

225

Potter Swartz

64

 

35:

26.9

226

Mike Ciotti

27

 

35:

34.8

227

Jessie Veriato

55

 

35:

36.2

228

Margaret Serain

60

 

35:

37.9

229

John Miller

57

 

36:

06.1

230

Janet Lam

60

 

36:

22.6

231

Linny Vermeire

62

 

36:

24.7

232

Paul Patnode

71

 

36:

37.1

233

Robert Ewing

64

 

36:

38.4

234

Joshua Paul

28

 

36:

40.3

235

Jason Heady

40

 

37:

02.5

236

Annika Parkhurst

8

 

37:

15.6

237

Priya Rushid

18

 

37:

26.2

238

Jenna Nakao

26

 

37:

42.0

239

Duke Becker

6

 

37:

51.0

240

Nori Becker

43

 

38:

02.7

241

Sharon Cislo

60

 

38:

18.4

242

Randall Cislo

58

 

38:

18.9

243

Jake Maki

7

 

39:

15.2

244

Elizabeth Jimenez

20

 

39:

29.6

245

Jes-Tn Kalawa

35

 

40:

00.9

246

Todd Yessis

44

 

43:

39.6

247

Makena Becker

8

 

44:

58.6

248

Danny Becker

42

 

44:

59.0

249

John Hart

64

 

47:

13.7

250

Mark Jimenez

15

 

48:

27.3

251

Christine Jimenez

55

 

48:

27.6


July 3, 2011 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment