Swimming for the OLL Swim team in the 70’s has inspired Mike to stay focused on his quest for personal fitness.
Mike graduated from Springfield College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science. While at Springfield, he won the NCAA Division II National Championship in the 200-yard butterfly, twice, as well as being named an All American all four years.
Mike enjoyed a 27 year career with The Gillette Company working in sales and trade marketing eventually becoming their vice president of Sales. He was also vice president at Philips as well as vice president of the Colibri Group.
Upon his retirement in 2006, Mike began to focus on triathlons. His training regimen requires him to spend up to 18 hours a week working out. He does a combination of biking 180 miles a week, running 10 to 12 miles a week, and swimming about 13,000 yards each week.
His hard work has paid off and has earned him the rank of All American Age Group Triathlete in 2011,12,13, and 14. Mike recently returned from the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Championships in Cozumel, Mexico where he finished first in his age group. Mike has also found a love for a sport that combines swimming and biking called Aquabike. He is a two-time national champion for his age group in that sport as well.
While Mike sets a personal goal, he never forgets his Lourdes family. His OLL swim team co-captain, Jim DeWitt, passed away in 2014 after battling cancer. In each competition, Mike wears Jim’s name on his helmet and his bike. Jim’s sister Monica DeWitt Frese remarks “This incredible man makes a special trip at least once a year to visit my brother’s grave and honor their friendship by leaving his medals. What a powerful testament of love. He has no idea just how much this gesture means to us all. Incredible man, indeed.”
Mike was inducted into the Our Lady of Lourdes High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015.