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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 FAST Swimming (27)


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!


Ryan Murphy & Teo D'Alessandro Swim FAST 100 IM (46"90 & 49"10) @ Practice

Another day with more FAST Swimming today here at our practice at Bolles.

I know some people will have negative comments about it but I think Ryan Murphy & Teo D'Alessandro swam a very FAST 100 IM today at practice.

Today was last practice for Ryan with us at Bolles and he wanted to race with Teo and use an old Fullbody suit to see how fast they could go in the 100 IM.  After the US Open both of them took over two weeks off and they have been in the water for a couple of days.

I need to apologize to Teo since I did not get his splits :-( but hopefuly he knows that I still care a lot about him ;-)>

Well here is the video for you to enjoy.  The final times are the ones I took:

Ryan Murphy 46"90& Teo D'Alessandro 49"10



Caeleb Dressel swims a FAST 19"0-18"9 @ Practice Today!

Today at the Late Night practice at the Bolles School Sharks, Caeleb Dressel swam an impressive 50 yards Free.  Coach Jason Calanog had Caeleb swim at the end of practice a 50 yards Free in preparation for the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships in Dubai next week and he exploded.  Three coaches timed this 50 and two had 19"01 & 19"07 and one had a 18"91.  It does not matter this is just PLAIN FAST!!!

Watch the video and enjoy. Probably one of the FASTEST 50 yards Freedone at practice ever ;-)

Congrats to Caeleb and Jason!

Good Luck @ Junior Worlds!!!

Go Bolles!


Are You Ready for Fast Swimming?

Tomorrow morning we start here in Athens the  2013 Long Course Senior Sectionals, very exciting. 

I don't think it is on TV :-(

Hopefully this water at the University of Georgia Natatorium will have some Magic for our Bolles Kids.

May the Force be with all of You ;-)

Best of Luck & GO BOLLES!!!



Our Croatian Shark Mario Todorovic Semis at World University Games

In a couple of hours Mario Todorovic will be swimming the semifinal of the 50 Fly at the 2013 World University Games that are taking place in Kazan, Russia.  Mario swam in the first heat of the prelims a 23"96 that is a season best.

Mario has been training this past season with us here in Jacksonville and honestly doing a very good job.  He is one of the best talents I have seen in swimming.  I remember when I was coaching at West Virginia and saw him swim for the first time at Croatian Nationals I really wanted him to become a Mountaineer but the following year I left college coaching :-( It is funny how life works and now we have had the opportunity to work together.

Mario besides being a very gifted swimmer he is a great person and a true professional.  From day one he has adaptad to our way of training at Bolles and always being an amazing example to our young swimmers.  It is a privilege to coach him and have him around our young sharks.  He is not fuly rested or shaved for this meet since he will be in Barcelona for Worlds, but I still believe that he will do very well in Kazan.

GOOD LUCK Tonight!!!

Go Marios!