Follow Me

Instagram


My Twitter Feed

 

 

 

 




 

 



 


 

Welcome

Thank you for stopping by.  My name is Sergio Lopez Miro and I have been involved in the swimming world as a swimmer or as a coach for almost 40 years.  Swimming has given me a path in life and my goal is to share some of my thoughts and experiences here with you.  Let me know what you think and enjoy!

 

 

Friday
Jun132014

On my way to Jozsef Nagy induction into the ISHOF

Driving with Sandy (actually she drives ;-) to Fort Lauderdale for an exciting weekend at the International Swimming Hall of Fame. This year one of the inductees is my old coach Jozsef Nagy, the master mind of breaststroke.

Very exciting weekend ahead of us since it will be a big reunion with Jozsef's family and many of our old teammates. Can wait to see everyone!

CONGRATS Jozsi!!!

Sunday
May042014

Big Success - 2014 TYR Jax50 - 5th Edition

The 2014 edition of the TYR Jax50 was another huge success at all levels.  Beginning with raising money to teach underprivileged children how to be water safe to the FAST showdown between world class swimmers on Saturday night to the clinic where our young swimmers worked directly with these world class swimmers in the pool.

First of all, I have to thank the coaching staff at Bolles and in particular Coach Michael Walker and Coach Payton Brooks.  Both of them worked very hard the two weeks prior to the event, organizing and making sure that the 5th edition of the TYR Jax50 ran smoothly.  Michael and Payton took charge of every detail while i was out of town for different conferences and camps.  Thank you Michael and Payton!   I must also thank the following people without whom this would not have come together:  Coach Jason Calanog and his wife Tracey, Coach Jon Sakovich, Coach Dale Porter, Robin Gibbons (the one that keeps us in line ;-), Coach Steve Lazarton, Coach Paige Hamilton, Coach Lauren Liston, Coach Nancy Hennesy, Madison Brooks, USA Swimming Officials Mr. & Mrs. Breault, my brother Marcos and all the volunteers who worked very hard to make it run smoothly. Thank You All!!!

The three day event hosted almost 500 swimmers from all over Florida, along with teams from Georgia and North Carolina. Every year we have seen steady growth.  The coaches love the format of the meet and the young swimmers really enjoy racing alongside the Pros. After five years, I still see more opportunities to grow this one of a kind event and ways to improve and I’m looking forward to the next edition in 2015.  

Another important part of the puzzle without which this event would not have happened are our sponsors. TYR has been with us since day one and has assisted us in creating a base for the Planet Swim Foundation, while also helping to develop our Jax50 brand. A big “thank you” to all of our sponsors that have supported us this 5th edition.

The 2014 edition of the TYR Jax50 has raised $14,203.00 to teach underprivileged children how to be water safe making it the most successful edition so far!  Also our Olympians-Pros-Postgrads were able to take home a total of $12,830.00 between prize money and the Clinic they hosted Sunday morning.  A total of over $27,033.00 was generated by the event for the underprivileged children and the Olympians-Pros-Postgrads. This is a great step forward in helping to "Share the Power of Swimming".

The Dual Sprint Challange that took place Saturday night was a lot of fun and full of fast swimming from the younger ones to the Pros. What impressed me the most is that Amanda Weir, Karl Krug and Josh Schneider arrived that morning after flying in on the red eye from the Mesa Grand Prix to make it to the event.  Amanda has attended the Jax50 since our first edition.  We also had the honor of having Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Lara Jackson, Madison Kennedy, Tao Li, Dax Hill, Paul Murray, Mark Weber, Mario Todorovich and Omar Pinzon. Five countries were represented in the TYR Jax50 Finals, USA, Bahamas, Croatia, Singapore and Colombia, and five of those swimmers have been in at least two Olympic Games. Very exciting!

The winners of the 2014 TYR Jax50 were:

Josh Schneider ---------- 19"32

Madison Kennedy ------- 21"92

The younger swimmers battled it out for some very cool awards:

1st place  TYR high tech suit and a towel

2nd place TYR jacket, pants and towel

3r place practice suit

4th TYR Jax50

Follow the following links to learn more about the Tyr Jax50 and what Planet Swim Foundation does to “Share the Power of Swimming”.

Event Website TYR Jax50

Planet Swim Foundation 

Also a BIG THANK YOU to the Florida Swim Network for working so hard in making our event a successful one.  Joe & Bess Auer, Mike Kennedy and the whole FSN crew are so passionate and grateful and I can thank them enough.  Here is a link to the event videos and interviews.  Enjoy!

Florida Swim Network TYR Jax50 Page

Again THANK YOU to everyone for making this 5th Edition of the TYR Jax50 be a reality and also the most successful yet.  Now it is time to expand and set it up around the country ;-) #BELIEVE!

Sunday
Feb162014

CONGRATS TO BAYLOR BOYS & CARMEL GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS

What an AMAZING weekend of FAST High School Swimming!

I just want to CONGRATULATE the Baylor Boys Swimming & Diving Team and the Carmel Girl's Swiming and Diving Team for the great weekend of FAST SWIMMING.  I am very happy for the team and the coaches and personally loving the way the bar keeps getting higher and higher for all of us to aim for.

Coach Dan Flack and Coach Chris Plumb and their assistants have been doing and amazing job with their teams over the last years and I want to take this opportunity to Congratulate them and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season with their club meets.

You can watch Baylor's videos by going to the Youtube site of Jess Vargo: VIDEOS

You can watch Carmel's videos by going to the YouTube site of Carmel's Coach Chris Plumb: VIDEOS

To read about all the races and results go the the following sites:

Baylor: Swimming World & SwimSwam

Carmel: Swimming World & SwimSwam

Enjoy and CONGRATS to both teams, parents, schools and coaches.

Wednesday
Nov132013

As A Parent I Give the FHSAA an "F"

Today I am going to write my thoughts as a swim dad and not as a coach.

The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) deserves an “F” for running the 2013 FHSAA Swimming & Diving Championship Meets at an outdoor pool in the middle of November.

A few months ago when they made the decision to host the Finals at the Sailfish Splash Water Park in Stuart, we all thought that it was a big mistake but we were hoping to be proved wrong.  Most of us are dreamers ;-); well it turned out to be a big FIASCO.  As a parent of a ninth grader I feel that the FHSAA not only placed my child in danger but also took away her chance of performing her best at that moment in time, and trust me that moment in time is a long time gone now. 

This is the most important meet of the year for these student-athletes, and instead of choosing an indoor pool with a controlled environment the FHSAA opted for an outdoor pool; an outdoor facility in Florida in the middle of November when the weather is unpredictable and there are higher chances of having bad weather.  We don’t have many indoor facilities here in Florida but, YES, we do have a few facilities that can host a meet with 300-400 swimmers on deck and parents in the stands while providing our children with the best environment possible.  Orlando, Clearwater and Jacksonville come to mind.  I know for a fact that Jacksonville put a bid to host the meet at Cecil Field and I believe Clearwater wanted to host the meet, too.

Today as a parent I am not going to talk about “Best Times” but about something that as a coach I am always remind of by the parents of the kids I coach and by my school’s administration – “SAFETY”.  We found ourselves in Stuart in the middle of the warm-up when lighting started up and rain fell like buckets were being poured on us. Officials tried to clear the deck and stands and get everyone to safety, but there was nowhere to go.  The lifeguards and FHSAA officials told everyone to go to their cars and buses. Are you kidding me!  Some of the buses were parked far away on the open field on the other side of the parking lot, and crossing an open field during a lightning storm is NOT SAFE!

Am I supposed to believe that I can feel good about the SAFETY plan that the FHSAA had for our children, the parents, coaches and everyone involved in making this happen?  No way.  What were they thinking when they chose this site?  Yes the facility is a very good one, the pool is very good and a lot of open space for the teams to set up.  But this was November and everyone knows the weather in November in Florida is best defined with one word – UNPREDICTABLE.  Still the FHSAA made an educated decision of hosting the most important meet of the swimming and diving season in a facility that, if inclement weather appeared, there is no protection.

Taking a look at the rest of the meet operations you can easily see that the FHSAA are a bunch of unprofessional professionals.  There was a radio station playing on the main speakers during the meet and no one knew how to shut it down.  The swimmers were confused, even behind the blocks.  It was interesting, and incredibly sad when as a parent I knew the kind of work my child put into this season, not to mention all of these children.

I honestly hope that every parent that was at the meet expresses their thoughts and complains about what we had to experience on Friday November 8th at the FHSAA 1A State Championships.  Things need to change and they need to change quickly for the benefit of the student-athletes that sacrifice so much at this young age for the chance to SHINE AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME.

Please don’t tell me that there were good times put up at the meet because you will get me even more upset.  I know how my daughter’s team performed (Since I coach them) and I watched some very good performances from many student-athletes from the different schools.  The bottom line is not swimming FAST (maybe FASTER) but also giving these student-athletes the BEST CHANCE for them to SHINE and not worry about whether THEY ARE SAFE at the most important meet of the year.

I won’t say anything as a coach since I don’t won’t to get in trouble ;-)

Sincerely yours,

Sergio

Saturday
Nov092013

Videos Joseph Schooling 100 Fly national Record & Bolles Relays at 1A FHSAA Championship Finals

CONGRATS to All the Bolles Swimmers for the great performances at the 2013 FHSAA 1a Championship Finals and for winning both the Girls and Boys State Titles.

I am just posting the videos today and once I have a meeting with the team next Monday I will post my thoughts about this State Championships.

Congrats to Joseph Scholing for breaking twice a National Record.  In the morning he swam a 45.90 that was a New national Independent High School Record and at night swimming an impressive 45.52 breaking the overall High School National Record.  CONGRATS!!!

Enjoy the videos:

Joseph Schooling 100 Fly - 45:52 National Record

Boys 200 Medley Relay - 1:28.93 Second Fastest Time in High School History

Girls 200 Free Relay - 1:32.74 State High School Record

 

Girls 400 Free Relay - 3:23.70

Girls 200 Medley Relay - 1:44.11

Boys 200 Free Relay - 1:22.32

Boys 400 Free relay - 3:01.86

GO BOLLES!!!