M Matheny Giraudeau

 Mindy Matheny Giraudeau
Mindy Matheny Giraudeau joined her first summer league swim team at the age of 7 in Richmond, Virginia. At age 12 her family moved to Arkansas and she swam for the North Little Rock Boys’ Club Marlins swim team under Coach Steve Rainey and for the Northside YMCA in North Little Rock. A year later, her big Christmas present was the opportunity to swim for the Little Rock Racquet Club Dolphins- the powerhouse team in Arkansas! After three years under Coach Paul Blair, Mindy improved greatly and qualified for the Junior National Championships in the Spring of 1986. A year later, she earned a 13th place finish at the U.S. Senior National Championships in the 50 free. Her time of 23.14 won her a place on the U.S. Olympic Festival team in the summer of 1987 and qualified her for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988. In the spring of 1987, Mindy was state champion at both the State Age Group Championships as well as the State High School Championships and was named the Arkansas Gazette Female Athlete of the Year. She went on to swim for the Cornhuskers where she was All Big-8 and Academic All Big-8 from 1988-91 at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She was Big-8 champion in 1988 in the 50 free and then in 1991 in the 100 free. She earned NCAA All-American in 1988, 1989, and 1991 and was awarded NCAA Academic All-American in 1989. In 1989 she was named Phillip’s 66 Big-8 Classroom Champion and was awarded the Mary Schmiedeskamp Academic Excellence Award for Swimming and Diving in 1990. After receiving a B.A. in English and French, she went on to teach Conversational English in France and then return to take graduate courses in French at UNL. In the spring of 1992, while battling Hodgkin’s Disease, she coached the Master’s Swim Team at the Little Rock Athletic Club. In 1993 she married Peter Giraudeau, who also swam for the University of Nebraska. She has taught swim lessons and coached summer league teams periodically over the years. Currently, they live in Roanoke, VA where Mindy stays busy homeschooling their six children and teaching a 3-year-old Sunday School class at their local church.