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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!

 

 

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!!!

Sunday
Nov032013

One less Starbucks This Week for a Good Cause!

I know I have not posted much on my blog for a while and I am sorry about that.  I have been trying to get the team ready for the High School States these past few weeks and when I get home I am kind of toasted ;-)

Well, today I am writing this one to ask you to help a good cause.  I know nowadays we are always bombarded by good causes that need our help and at times it is overwhelming.  But a good friend of mine, Brett Hawke, is trying to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis “MS”.

 

Three years ago his wife Trudi was diagnosed with MS and these past few weeks The Auburn Swimming & Diving Team has been working hard to reach the goal of raising $20,000.00.  The team has been divided in two teams (Blue & Orange) and as of today they have almost reach their goal.

As of this morning both teams had raised so far $17,055.00: 

Blue Team – Captain: Brett Hawke: $9,350.00

Orange Team – Captain: Trudi Hawke: $7,705.00

Today our Lopez Miro Family (Sandy, Harley, Cobi & me ;-) have donated $100.00 to each one of the teams and the reason for this post is to reach out to my blog, twitter and facebook followers and ask you to donate to one of the teams.  I believe I have over 2000 followers on twitter and if only 500 of you would donate $5.00 (one starbucks less this week) we could help them reach their goal.

This summer my wife and I had the privilege to meet Trudi and she is a great young lady that has been dealt a very bad hand at this young age.  Think about it and help them reach their goal so they can raise as much as possible to help finding the cure for a disease that affects millions of people all over the world.

Here is a video of an interview with Brett and Swimming World TV:

Here are the Links:

Blue Team: http://support.mymsaa.org/site/TR?team_id=11241&fr_id=1150&pg=team

Orange Team: http://support.mymsaa.org/site/TR?team_id=11261&fr_id=1150&pg=team

Special Thanks to our Bolles Alumni that are currently swimming at Auburn and are helping the cause: Megan Fonteno, Aubery Peacock, Ashley Neidigh and Alex Goerzen.

Thank you for reading it and hopefully for your donation ;-) 

LAST DAY TO DONATE IS Friday November 8th, 2013. Only 5 days left!!!

Sergio

Sunday
Sep292013

Caeleb Dressel & Joseph Schooling break National Records - FSPA 2013

Another amazing FSPA Invitational for our Bolles High School and our Bolles Sharks swimmers yesterday in Stuart, Florida.

I think that it is important to mention to everyone that our swimmers were not tapered or shaved for this meet.  From our Bolles High School Team only one swimmer wore a high tech suit, the rest used the regular team suit and the results were very good. Joseph Schooling (Sr.) wanted to see if he could break the National Independent Records in the 200 IM and 100 Fly without tapering and shaving.  Plus this year Clay High School and Bolles Sharks swimmer Caeleb Dressel was going to be present and Caeleb entered the 100 Fly to race his club teammate Joseph and break the National Record.  Our Coaching Staff (High school and club) was very excited to see the showdown between these two great athletes.

Also to mention that when I left the meet I did not have a copy of the official results, so the times here may not be completed to the tenth of the second.  Sorry but you will be able to check the oficial results by tomorrow online.

Before I go into the great swims that Joseph and Caeleb posted last night I need to mention what a great job our Bolles High School swimmers did racing both in prelims and in finals against some of the best swimmers in the State without using high tech suits.  We had some very good times from every one of our Bulldogs, but the ones that are important for any college coach that reads this blog are from our senior swimmers that still have not decided where to go:

Jessica Hodgson swam an impressive 1:49"8 in the 200 Free, lead off the 400 free relay with a 51’9 and had a split of 24’1 in the 200 Free relay.  I have told many college coaches about Jessica but I am not sure if they believe meJ.  She swam 2:02 last year in long course untapered and unshaved.  She went home to Thailand to train and compete at the end of the summer and things did not go well for her but if I was coaching college today and I knew what I know about her I would be recruiting her very hard.  She is tough as nails and she has the ability to swim much faster.  My goal for her is to break 2:00 long course this summer in the 200 Free.  I know there are a lot of swimmers at her level here in the States, but she loves to race and head to head she is very hard to beat. Great job Jessica!

Will Mckinney is one of our captains and one of those swimmers that will go unnoticed as a high school swimmer, but once he gets to college will be swimming very fast at NCAA’s and coaches will be wondering why they did not bother looking at him.  Will came to Bolles four years ago and as a freshman did not swim very well and had to make some adjustment to life. At the end of last year he was named one of the Captains for the 2013 Bolles School High School swim team and personally it was a great decision that the swimmers made. Will is a great person and an amazing leader.  He has a great personality and most importantly he understands how to carry the team and keep everyone accountable.  As a swimmer I believe he is an amazing talent.  He is built like a linebacker and he is naturally very strong.  Yesterday at the meet, he swam very well with a 21”2 in the 50 Free, a 51”7 in the 100 Fly, a 47+ in the 400 Free relay and a 21’2 in the 200 Free relay.  Will has been working very hard and when he is shaved and tapered for States in six weeks he will tear it up.  Thank You Will for being such a great Leader!

Luke Georgiadis is another one of our Seniors that did a very good job this weekend.  Last year during the season he could not go faster than 49” in the 100 Free and he finished the high school season with an incredible 45”68. This season in the last couple of meets he has been in the low 47’s and 1:44 and I am pretty positive that with the way he has been working we will see a breakout swim at States in a few weeks.  He is also naturally a big athlete who I believe once he gets into college into a good weight program he will become very fast from the 50 to the 200 and also has great potential in the short Breaststroke and Fly.  Yesterday he swam a 21”9 and 47”1 in the 50 and 100 Free.

Now it is time to talk about the National Records for High School and also NAG that were set yesterday by Joseph Schooling and Caeleb Dressel.

The night started with Joseph Schooling swimming an amazing 200 IM.  Joseph has been working very hard because in December he has the 2013 Southeast Asian Games that for his country is more important than the Olympic Games.  Hard to understand, but that is the reality for many small Asian countries.  I told him to bring a high tech suit and depending how he felt in the morning that we would decide if he was going to go for it.  The morning swim was a very easy 1:51”3 and after the race when we spoke I told him that I believed that he could swim under 1:45 if he was tough.  Well he did an amazing job and swam a 1:45”21 to miss the National Independent Record by 0”20.  You could see that in his turns he was not sharp enough and lost a bit in the transitions.  Still in the middle of hard training and recruiting visits he still was able to challenge the record.  Congrats Joseph!

I had recorded the race but I believe I erased from my phone before I recorded one of the other events. Sorry :-(

Next was Caeleb Dressel (Clay High School) swimming the 50 Free. In the morning he had a very good swim with a 19”56 but missing both the National High School Record and the 17-18 NAG Record by 0”1+.  Tonight he broke both with an amazing 19”36.  Watching Caeleb doing this at this time of the season makes me believe that we will see a sub 19” at the High School State meet in November.  Beautiful swimmer.  Congrats to Caeleb, Coach Jason Calanog and his High School Coach Justin Faulkner.

Watch this incredible unshaved National Record of 19”36 in the 50 Free by Caeleb Dressel. Enjoy!

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Probably 20 minutes later for Caeleb and 25 for Joseph we had the great showdown in the 100 Fly by two of the best swimmers in the World their Age.  As hard as it is to believe, Caeleb’s 100 Fly in long course gives him more points that his 50 Free and 100 Free.  Our coaching staff knew that this was going to be an amazing race to watch and sure enough both swimmers stepped up and delivered probably the best 100 Fly race ever in high school.  Caeleb Dressel won with a 45”89 and Joseph School came right behind him with a 46”20.  Caeleb walked away with the overall National and also the Public High School records and Joseph broke his own National Independent High School Record.  I did not have a chance to talk with Caeleb about the 100 Fly race but Joseph told me after the race that his legs were really tired and heavy after the 200 IM and his last two underwaters he could not really go.  I have no doubt that once he rest a bit for States he will swim pretty Fast.  I am not sure if Caeleb will swim the 100 Fly at the State meet but if he does I know it will be another record.  I can’t wait to see both of them racing at the States.  Congrats to both. 

Here is the 100 Fly race for you to enjoy!

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Another 25 minutes later Joseph lead off the 200 Free relay with an impressive 20”18 helping our team to post an impressive 1:24”65  As you can see in the video our other three swimmers are not using high tech suits. I have a good feeling about this relay for States ;-)  Here is the video and enjoy.

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Probably another 20 minutes later Joseph lead off the 400 Free Relay with an impressive 43”97.  This time he had Caeleb in the next lane making this an exciting race.  Caeleb touched the wall with a 43”19 and gave his team Clay High School a nice lead.  I believe Clay High School had to break their school record with the amazing 3:09+ that they posted. I saw the team after the meet at Cold Stone getting “The Creaminattor” as a reward for their great swims.  Three of the swimmers on that relay are Bolles Sharks that are coached by Jason Calanog in the Late Night Group (Caeleb Dressel, Dakota Mahaffey and Grady Heath).  Our Bolles relay ended up with an impressive 3:06+ and besides Joseph we had Tyler Rice, Like Georgiadis and Will McKinney.

Also here is the video of the race for you to enjoy.

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Overall another amazing day of FAST Swimming not only for our Bolles Bulldog and Bolles Sharks but for many swimmers in the State of Florida. To see the results go to the: 

FSPA Website: http://www.floridapoolpro.com/industry/events/swimmeet.html

Thanks for stopping by!

By the way my wife is driving the car back from Stuart and I really have to mentioned how amazing she is ;-)  Time for me to take a nap

Monday
Sep022013

Caeleb Dressel takes it to the next level at 2013 Junior Worlds - Dubai

Caeleb Dressel has had an AMAZING summer, from World Trials back in June to the 2013 FINA Junior Worlds this past week in Dubai, UAE.  He has broken many NAG records as a 15-16 year old and in the two weeks after turning 17 he has broken two 17-18 NAG in the 50 and 100 Free.  Both times place him in the top 50 in the World Rankings and establishes him as one of the upcoming stars in the World.

 

How impressive that the first time Caleb has a chance to represent Team USA, he brings home a total of 6 Medals from the Junior World Championships, two individual and 4 relays.

Gold

48”97 – 100 Free with a New Championship Record and a New 17-18 NAG taking Michael Phelps down

 

Silver

48”29 - 400 Free Relay

48”83 - 400 Mixed Free Relay

 

Bronze

22”22 - 50 Free with a New 17-18 NAG taking his friend and teammate Santo Condorelli down

48”70 - 400 Mixed Medley Relay

1:48”27 - 800 Free Relay

Congratulations to Caeleb and his Coach Jason Calanog for the great job that they have done this year preparing and executing a great plan. I have no doubt that great things are waiting ahead for Caeleb and Coach Jason and I just want to CONGRATULATE them Both

Here you have a video of us watching Caeleb swim the 100 Free this past Saturday in our Dry-Land room at Bolles.  Enjoy!

I also want to Congratulate three other Bolles swimmers that competed at the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships this past weekend, and they did a very good job.

Mckenna Deveber (96) that represented PERU and swam a best time in the 200 IM with a 2:22”86 placing 25th, she also swam the 50-100-200 back and 100 Free.  Congrats!!!

Natacha Gvakharia Mgebrishvi (96) that represented Mexico and placed 13th in the 50 Free with a personal best of 26”27 and also placed 23rd with another personal best in the 100 Free with a 57”76.  Felicidades!!!

Steven Maina (97) that represented Kenya and swam 50-100-200-400 Free, 50 and 200 Back.  Steven had a very busy week and swam a couple of personal best times.  Congrats!!!

You can check SwimSwam to check for results.  They did an amazing job covering the meet and keeping us all informed.  Thank You!!!