Written by: Jessica Palmer Roswell Daily Record
Retired New Mexico Military Institute math teacher, Michael Ryan said he came to mathematics late in life.
He went to school at Henry Ford Community college in Dearborn, Mich., Eastern Michigan University and Northern Arizona University where he received his master’s.
He said he had been a swimmer most of his life, competing in high school but not in college. “I always had to work and go to school.”
He taught elsewhere before coming to work in Roswell at NMMI and was a coach of the Farmington swim team for three years.
Ryan, who will be 67 in August, says he participates in the Senior Olympics to maintain a healthy lifestyles. “I set a personal goal. It gets me in sync. I start training 2 months before the event. I eat all the right things. Otherwise I eat all the wrong things.”
As the representative from Chaves county, he will compete this year in 10 different events — the Backstroke 50 yard, 100 yard and 200 yard, the Breast stroke 50 yard, 50/100 yard Freestyle and the 50-yard and 100-yard Butterfly and the 100/200-yard Individual Medley. “The 100-yard Individual Medley consists of one length each of the backstroke, breast, freestyle and butterfly. The 200 yard is two lengths each,” said Ryan.
His health regimen includes cycling and walking. He used to play tennis, but had to give it up two years ago. He started with the Senior Olympics when he was 51, about 16 years ago, where he participates “off and on.”
His wife, principal of Pecos Elementary, and family will cheer him on. He has four children, three girls and one son in the third year of college. Last year, Ryan qualified for the Nationals, but he doesn’t plan to go to the competition this year.