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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!



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Today was another good day at practice here at Bolles.  From now on I will try to post some of the practices we do and some of the times that our kids swim at practices.  For the last years we have been working on creating a culture of not being afraid and standing up in practice and swimming FAST.  Today Santo Condorelli swam an impressive 100 Free in practice.

Yesterday Santo came up to me and asked me to make a deal with him.  If he swam 44+ in the 100 free I would cut each set of the practice by half.  Yesterday I told them no but he asked me again today and I figured that if he really is asking to go 44 in the 100 free in practice that I need to let him go and do it.

So after the warm up of: 

1)      400 swim / 200 Kick / 200 Pull / 200 Im Drill

         8 x 50 IM on 50” with Hand Paddles and Fins holding 150 heart rate

         100 easy

2)      8 x 25 on 30”

         Two of each stroke [1 build to choice / 1 at 90% effort]

         50 easy

3)      10’ choice to get ready 

And then he stepped up and swam an impressive 44.65 [9’73 / 20’81 / 23’84].  Watch the video, his strokes are not good since he was feeling tired and his turns were pretty bad ;-) On the last 25 we thought after the turn he was finished but he really pressed deep inside and finished very well. But it is very impressive for a high school swimmer.

Here is the Video (you can adjust the Youtube settings to watch it on HD):

After the 100 Free I told him to warm down. The rest of the team did ½ of the practices and we had some pretty good swims by everyone.  The set they did was: 

3 x 75 on 2’ at 10% slower than the 150 they did this past Friday

                    Divide the 150 time by 2 and get the 10% of that time

                    Example: Ryan Murphy was in the 150 Backstroke 1’17’95 (1’18) = 78 seconds / 10% =7,8 / Goal Time = 45,8

2’ extra rest

1 x 75 FAST from Dive 

Ryan Murphy (Back) & Joseph Schooling (Fly) were going 39+-40+” on the 3 x 75 and on the 1 x 75 from Dive Ryan was 34,83 Backstroke and Joseph was 34,41 Fly.

Overall everyone in the group swam very well and very FAST so hopefully it is a good indication of great times at the State Championship on November 10th.



Bolles Relays Break two National Records

What a great day our Bolles Bulldogs had yesterday at the FSPA High School Invitational.  Every one of our girls and boys swam really well yesterday at the Invite and it is hopefully a good sign of what the team can do in five weeks at the State Championships.  I honestly feel that this is the “BEST” team that we have had here at Bolles in the last six seasons in depth, youth and experience.  Our girls’ team is full of youth and with very good Senior leadership and I think they will surprise this year. Very exciting!

The highlights of the meet were the two High School National Records that our boys’ team broke in the 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay.  Most impressive is the fact that we did not rest and taper for this meet.  I know people will say they wore ‘FAST” suits and they had to be rested.  They did were FAST suits or at least old FAST suits, since I wanted the whole team to have a meet before the State meet to feel and understand that they will be ready to swim very well at the State meet. Also Thursday afternoon we had to cut our practice short due to a really bad thunderstorm, and Friday I gave them the morning off to get ready.

Also this group of four boys this past Tuesday (10/2/12) swam a dual meet after school at our pool and wearing just the training suits they went an impressive 200 Medley Relay with a 1:31.59.  I don’t have the splits here with me but it was something like: Ryan Murphy (back) 22.4, Joseph Schooling (breaststroke) 26.6, Josh Booth (fly) 22.4 and Santo Condorelli (free) 20.2.  Too bad we did not swim it this yesterday ;-).  Also they went 3:03.32 in the 400 Free Relay.

Here is a picture of the four Boys that broke both records last night:

Ryan Murphy (Sr.), Santo Condorelli (Sr.), Joseph Schooling (Jr.) and Josh Booth (Jr.)

Below you will find the videos of both races.  When you watch the videos think that these four swimmers swam other events before the relays and like Ryan Murphy between the 200 Free Relay, the 100 Back and the 400 Free Relay he had less than 30 minutes.

Swims today by the four relay boys:

Ryan Murphy: 200 IM 1:47.76, 200 Free Relay 20.24 (lead off), 100 Back 47.45, 400 Free Relay 44.42 (lead off)

Joseph Schooling: 200 Free 1:38.19, 200 Free Relay 20.58, 100 Fly 47.5, 400 Free Relay 44.68

Santo Condorelli: 50 Free 20.48, 100 Free 44.58, 200 Free Relay 20.03, 400 Free Relay 43.80

Josh Booth: 200 Free 1:42.04, 100 Free 47.43, 200 Free Relay 20.03, 400 Free Relay 45.58


Click for full Results: 2012 FSPA Invitational


Here is the Video for the 200 Free Relay

1:20.88 – Ryan Murphy 20.24 / Joseph Schooling 20.58 / Santo Condorelli 20.03 / Josh Booth 20.03




Here is the video for the 400 Free Relay

2:58.58 – Ryan Murphy 44.52 / Joseph Schooling 44.68 / Santo Condorelli 43.80 / Josh Booth 45.58




If you have a blog, swimming website, Facebook please feel free to post/share these videos if you would like to.  Hopefully in November I will be able to post more but this time also for our girls ;-) 

Now few hours of rest, and back to work and get better.


Joseph Schooling swim a good 100 Fly at Olympics

What can I say about Joseph Schooling besides that "I AM PROUD OF YOU".

Joseph is only 17 years old and will have an amazing chance in 2016 if he keeps training hard and if he has a little luck a long the way ;-)

He swam a morning best with a 53.63 and most important he is walking away from London with the experience of being at the Olympics and swimming with of best of the best.

Go Team Singapore!

Go Bolles!!!


Fabiola Molina & Anderson Lim swim at the Olympics-Day Two

This morning we had our two first Bolles swimmers compete at the 2012 Olympic Games here in London.  Fabiola Molina for Brazil in the 100 Back and Anderson Lim for Brunei in the 200 Free.

Fabiola Molina swam in the second seeded heat and swam a 1:01.40.  She was .97 of her life time best and honestly I feel very bad.  Watching her train I really thought that she had a chance to break a minute and get a second swim and hopefully be in the final.  She is a fantastic swimmers that works very hard. A true professional that she deserved to finish her career with a better time.  Sorry Fabiola and thank you for trusting Coach Michael Walker and me with your training this season.  Here are a couple of picture from Fabiola's 100 back:



Anderson Lim only 16 years old debuted in his first Olympic Games by breaking the Brunei National record in the 200 Free this morning.  He swam a very good and smart race and went a great 2:02.26. His coach Christian Bahr was on the stands cheering for him.  I am very happy for both of them and for Brunei.  Anderson is a very hard working kid and very good teammate to everyone and I have no doubts that he will keep improving in the next years and he will come back to the Olympic games swimming that 200 free a lot faster.  Congrats!

Here is a photo of Andreson Lim and Joseph Schooling.

More swimming tomorrow morning with Jospeh Schooling in the 200 Fly and Ariana Kukors in the 200 IM.

GOOD LUCK to both of them!!!


Waking the boy up

Here is Jojo taking a nap. It was 4.13 pm and he was sound a sleep. We supposed to meet at 4.15 to go to practice. What do I do? He is really out :-)

He is so nice and pleasant when he is like this ;-)

Well I had to shaking him few times but finally he opened his eyes. By the way he had a good practice after such a good nap.