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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!



Entries in Bolles School Sharks (29)


At the pool the night before starts

After warmup and getting ready to go and have good dinner.

100 Free for our four boys

Go Bolles!!!


Bolles Sharks Shine at Winter Juniors!

Another Great Winter Junior Nationals!

What a great team!

Pic by Chandler Soapes ;-) Thanks!

I know it is kind of late to post about the 2013 Winter Junior Nationals that took place last week in Knoxville, Tennessee.  To my defense is that every time I got to the hotel at Junior I was tired and I would fall asleep ;-) right away and then I traveled to Istanbul for Short Course Worlds and honestly with internet issues and things every time I get back to my room I feel like resting. I think I am getting old for all this traveling ;-) 

Well our Bolles Sharks did a very good job at this past Winter Juniors. Our team overall placed 2nd to show that we are consistently one of the best Junior Teams in the country.  Since 2007 I believe we have been in the top two twice and we have won the meet four times in six years.  Congratulations swimmers, parents and coaches!

Congratulations to Caeleb Dressel for breaking the oldest NAG in the book in the 100 Free with a blazing 43.29. Caeleb took charge of the race from the start and he was able to keep his stroke together to hold off three other swimmers that chasing him and also broke 44 seconds.  I believe this is the fastest 100 Free ever at Junior Nationals having 5 swimmers breaking 44 seconds between the A Final (4) and the B Final (1). I also want to Congratulate Caeleb's coach Jason Calanog for the great job he is doing developing Caeleb and coaching the Late Night Group at Bolles. Proud of you both!

Also another Shark swimmer that needs special mention is Ashley Neidigh and her Epic last day. Ashley had a couple of tough first days but at the end she took the pressure of herself and came to compete to get the most points possible for the team and she ended up placing third in the 1650 with a 16:13.51 missing her best time by 0.01, and also swimming almost a best time in the 200 Breaststroke being able to swim the semifinals. Congratulations to her and her coach Jon Sakovich.

Caeleb and Ashley were really having a tough time Friday with their races and being able to come back on the last day and swim the way they swam speaks very highly of their mental attitude, toughness and Coaches advice and work with them.  Great example for everyone and very proud of all of them swimmers and coaches.

Watching this team makes me very excited for the future of our Sharks since we are full of young swimmers that want to really see how good they can be.  They are not afraid to work and most important to race.  I left the meet knowing that we could had done better but also understanding that many of our Sharks were new to this meet and to have the taper for High School States and then come back three and half weeks later and try to swim faster against the best in the country is a tough task to learn.  We have learned and we will be much better next year.  Can’t wait!

Here are some the highlights of our results.  Again CONGRATS to everyone and like Coach Jason said: 

What a GREAT DAY to be a Bolles Shark where ever you may be!!!!

Meet Records:

Joseph Schooling 100 Fly, Caeleb Dressel 50 Free, Men 4 x 50 Free Relay and Men 4 x 100 Free Relay

National Age Group Records:

Caeleb Dressel (15-16 NAG) 50 Free and (15-16 NAG) 100 Free 

Bolles Highlights:

Women 4 x 50 Free Relay: 6th 1:34.46 (Kasey, Claire, Sherridon, Siwan)

Men 4 x 50 Free Relay: 1st 1:19.03 (Meet Record) (Caeleb 19.82 (15-16 NAG record), Santo, Emiro, Joseph) (Junior National Champion)

Men 4 x 50 Free Relay: 5th 1:23.91 (Josh, Joao, Bradley, Luke)

Men 200 IM: 7th 1:49.57 Caeleb Dressel (Swim off 1:48.23)

Men 50 Free: 9th 19.93 Santo Condorelli

Men 4 x100 Medley: 1st 3:15.83 (Caeleb, Marijn, Joseph, Santo) (Junior National Champion)

Women 4 x 50 Medley: 11th 1:44.93 (Chandler, Meghan, Claire, Kasey)

Men 4 x 50 Medley: 1st 1:27.80 (Joseph, Marijn, Santo (20.7), Caeleb (19.40)) (Junior National Champion) 

Men 4 x 50 Medley: 8th 1:33.22 (Matt, Luke, Josh, Emiro) 

Men 100 Butterfly: 1st 46.70 Joseph Schooling (Meet Record) (Junior National Champion)

Men 100 Butterfly: 2nd 47.26 Santo Condorelli

Men 200 Free: 2nd 1:37.80 Josh Booth

Men 200 Free: 8th 1:40.26 Caeleb Dressel

Women 4 x 200 Free Relay: 4th 7:23.10 (Jessica, Siwan, Claire, Kasey)

Men 4 x 200 Free Relay: 1st 6:37.77 (Santo, Josh, Caeleb, Joseph) (Junior National Champion)

Women 1650: 3rd 16:13.51 Ashley Neidigh

Men 100 Free: 1st 43.29 Caeleb Dressel (15-16 NAG Record) (Junior National Champion)

Men 100 Free: 3rd 43.70 Santo Condorelli

Men 200 Butterfly: 1st 1:45.00 Joseph Schooling (Junior National Champion)

Women 4 x 100 Free Relay: 3rd 3:23.39 (Claire, Jessica, Siwan, Kasey)

Men 4 x 100 Free Relay: 1st 2:55.89 (Josh, Caeleb (42.9), Santo, Joseph) (Meet Record) (Junior National Champion)

Men 4 x 100 Free Relay: 9th 3:05.95 (Luke, Emiro, Joao, Bradley)




Ryan Murphy's 200 Back & High Point Award Videos

Here are a couple of videos from this past weekend at the 2012 Winter USA Swimming Nationals at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Ryan Murphy had a spectacular weekend at his first Short Course Nationals by breaking a National Age Group Record and by winning the High Point Award.

Ryan’s 200 Backstroke on the last day of Nationals was an amazing swim for a 17 year old.  His 1:38.15 makes him the first 18 and under swimmer to break 1:40.00 in the 200 Back and also makes him the third fastest swimmer in the History of the event.  Besides getting a new 17-18 National record in the event he also broke the pool record that belonged to Aaron Peirsol.

Ryan took charge of the race from the start and really challenged the great Russian swimmer Arkady Vyatchanin (Gator Swim Club) from the begining to the end.  Ryan was ahead until the last few meters but he still was able to get his hand to the wall ahead of Arkady.  A good fact is that Arkady is the actual World Record Holder in the 200 Back in Short Course Meters. Hopefully a good sign for Ryan ;-)

All Time Top Performers

1:36.81 Ryan Lochte        USA 11/29/2007

1:37.58 Tyler Clary            USA 03/26/2009

1:38.15 Ryan Murphy     USA 12/01/12

1:38.45 Aaron Peirsol      USA 03/02/2006 

All Time Top Performances

1:36.81 Ryan Lochte        USA 11/29/2007

1:37.58 Tyler Clary            USA 03/26/2009

1:37.68 Ryan Lochte        USA 03/23/2006

1:38.15 Ryan Murphy     USA 12/01/12

1:38.17 Tyler Clary            USA 03/26/2009

Here is the video from the race we took from our phone.  I had to ask a friend of mine Mark Liscinsky (Assistant Coach at the American University) to take the video since I get too nervous and my hand shakes too much ;-)

Also here is the video of the High Point Ceremony with Missy Franklin, Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy. This has a special meaning to me since I recruited and coached Matt Grevers at Northwestern University back in 2003-04 and now we have them both tied for the High Point award at Nationals.  Matt at this meet broke the American Record in the 100 Back with a blazing 44.55.  I feel so privileged that I have had this chance to coach both swimmers at different points in my career and to learn from both of them. I know that what I learned from Matt has helped me help Ryan develop his talent.  What a great day!

Now two more weeks for Ryan before he swims the 200 Back for the first time in Short Course Meters at the 2012 World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.  After this swim I really think and feel that he is very confident and excited to swim FAST and represent the USA at the highest level.

Good Luck to Ryan and Matt in Istanbul!!!


Great night here at Nationals for Bolles

Ryan Murphy swam like a pro tonight the 200 Back. He took the lead from the start and he was made to hold off the Great Russian Arkady Vyatchanin to win his first National Title.

His time 1:38.15 is the New National Age Group Record for 17-18, and the first time to have a swimmer 18 & under below 1:40.00.

Ryan's time today also broke the Texas pool record by Aaron Piersol with a 1:38, 45.

Also now Smacker Miles, Ryan's girlfriend, that will be attending University Of Texas next year will have something to remind her of him everyday :-)

I am having dinner now but I will download the video later.

Congrats to Ryan and his family. Very proud of him.

Go Bolles!


Ryan swims two tough races

Tonight here in Austin Ryan Murphy swam two very good races. We both thought that he was going to be faster but he really swam hard and did a very good job.

First was the 200 Free which he went out a little faster than the morning but he was not very good with the approaches to the wall. Still a good 1.36.23.

His second event was the 100 Back. He finished 5th by .04 from third. He agrees with me that he was a little sloppy. Three weeks ago he was 45.34 and tonight he was 45.96. Very good to be able to swim under 46 twice in three weeks.

Now tomorrow he will have a chance to swim a very good 200 Back and 100 Free.

I have not heard much about the Gator Invite back in Florida but Coach Jon just texted me that we had very good swims. Very happy for everyone in the Bolles family.

Well waiting for Ryan to finish warming down and ready for a good dinner.

Everyone Thanks for your support and have a beautiful night.