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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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Bolles Sharks Break the 13-14 200 Medley Relay NAG Record!

It has been a great few days of good and fast swimming for our Bolles swimmers.  Last night (Tuesday 11/13/12) we had our 2012 Bolles Time Trial to take advantage of the resting that we did for High School States and hopefully get some more cuts for different meets.  The results were great, even though the meet was after class and it was raining and kind of cold.

Our Boys 13-14 200 Medley Relay broke the National Age Group Record by over 2 seconds with and impressive 1:35.94, the old record was 1:38.24 by Premier A.C. of Klein set in 2012.  Sorry I did not have my camera with me L. CONGRATS!!!!

#1 Mixed 200 Yard Medley Relay

Team Relay Finals Time


2 BSS-FL A 1:35.94

Mahaffey, Dakota W M1 Daugherty, James M M1

Garcia, Gian M M14 Rice, Tyler V M14

24.57 51.27 1:14.42 1:35.94


Our Boys 15-16 200 Free Relay missed the National Age Group Record by 0.14 with an impressive 1:25.02. Great Job!!!

#16 Mixed 200 Yard Free Relay

Team Relay Finals Time

1 BSS-FL B 1:25.02

Dressel, Caeleb R M16 Fonteno, Michael R M16

Dietrich, Hagen W M15 Georgiadis, Luke L M16

20.12 41.57 48.35 1:03.65


One of our young swimmers James Daugherty (13) that was part of the Record setting relay swam an impressive 2:05.87 in the 200 Breaststroke to give him his first 2012 Winter Junior cut.  His best time from last February was 2:15.31. In my opinion James is a very talented swimmer with a great future ahead of him.  He is only in 8th grade and I am excited to get to work with him for this next five years.

This past few months we have been battling a lot of sickness and many of our kids could not swim today.  I think the stress of these past three weeks leading to the States with Districts and Regionals took a big toll on the kids. 

Some other impressive performances we had today:

Caeleb Dressel (16) had a very good meet with a 23.14 back leading off in the 15-16 200 Medley Relay, 44.34 in the 100 Free and 20.12 50 Free leading off the 15-16 200 Free Relay

Santo Condorelli (17) that he was sick and after the meet he had 102 fever but never told me anything swam two pretty good races with 200 IM 1:50.18 & 100 Breast 56.90.

Ryan Murphy (17) swam an impressive 47.48 100 Fly and a 3:52.69 in the 400 IM with probably no more than 10 minutes rest in between.

Joseph Schooling (17) swam a 20.61 in the 50 Free, 49.03 in the 100 Back and a 57.09 in the 100 Breast with honestly too no more than 10 minutes between events.

Luke Georgiadis(16) made his first Junior National cut in the 100 Free with a 45.69. CONGRATS!!!

Marijn (Wizard) Van Zundert (18) that he graduated from high school last August and he is training with us to find a University for next academic year swam two very good races with a 56.60 in the 100 Breast and a 2:04.28 in the 200 Breast.  I think Wizard (we call him that because his name is too complicated to pronounce) will do very well in college and hopefully after Junior Nationals many college coaches start looking at him.  He came from the Netherlands this past August and he is improving at a very fast rate.

Other good swims that gave us more bonus cuts for Junior Nationals:

Meghan Haila (16) in the 200 IM with a 2:06.32, and in the 200 Breaststroke with a 2:19.91.

McKenna Deveber (16) in the 200 Free with a 1:52.94, and in the 50 Free 23.84.

Claire Rasmus (15) in the 100 Fly with a 57.40 and 50 Free with a 23.70.

Olga Lapteva (15) in the 400 IM with a 4:30.29, and in the 100 Fly with a 57.40.

Josh Booth (16) in the 500 Free with a 4:32.28. 

Overall a very good meet for our Bolles Sharks even my 11 year old son Cobi swam best times in the 50 Free (29.93) breaking for the first time the huge 30 seconds barrier and 200 Breaststroke with an over 30 seconds drop and a 2:55.29. As you can see I am a proud “Papa”.  I know Cobi wants to be faster but I keep telling him that he is a lot faster than I was at his age and the only thing he needs is to keep working hard, patience and a little bit of luck ;-) 

Now we need to get ready for our meet this weekend, The Gator Invite and same weekend Winter Nationals, a week later Junior Nationals and the following week the 2012 Short Course World Championships.  Busy next few weeks but it will be fun.

Everyone have a beautiful day!


A Good & A Not So Good Running Dives - Watch!

In the video below you can see a very good running dive by Ryan Murphy and a "Not so Good" running dive by Santo Condorelli. The other day at practice I asked them to film them, so I could post two very good running dives since both swimmers do a great job.  The result was not what I expected but I guess it makes a good video.

Different ways of diving but both very good technique which helps them with their starts.  I like a lot to do running dives so we can practice the start and most important the entry, the underwater and the breakout.  As you can see Ryan is going in the water with a lot of speed and once he enters the water he has to really learn to control that speed.  Santo on the other hand is just funny ;-)

We have also been using parachutes for the last 5-6 years to work with our running dives, and soon we will be using a NEW pulley system that Coach Michael Walker has designed for us. I will post some videos with some of the sets we do sometime soon with both tools.

Now watch this video and get some laughs because one of the dives is “Not So Good”.


Please make sure that if you do any running dives on the pool deck that it is safe.  Don’t try this with inexperienced swimmers.  Thanks!


Sean Mahoney Wins in Moscow-World Cup

Great meet for Sean Mahoney at the 2012 World Cup in Moscow, Russia these past two days. Yesterday Sean won the 200 Breaststroke with a 2:05.11, the second fastest time in the World this season. He had a great swim and also won $1.500 for placing first. He also swam the 50 breaststroke with a 28.01 but he did not qualify for the finals :-(.



Today he swam the 100 Breaststroke and did an excellent job with a 59.44 and placing 4th.  His strokes are looking better every meet and like we plan he is swimming faster as he goes to more meets.  Hopefully in a couple of days he will be faster when he swims in Berlin.

Here are the links to watch both races:

100 Meters Breaststroke Final Video

200 meters Breaststroke Final Video

Here are the Official Results:

50 Breaststroke Prelims

100 Breaststroke Prelims / Finals 

200 Breaststroke Prelims / Finals



PROUD OF YOU my friend!

Have safe travels to Berlin and enjoy the journey.


Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace makes Semis in 100 Free ;-)!!!

It was great to watch Ariana Vandepool-Wallace destroy her heat on her way of breaking the Bahamas National Record and qualifying for the Semifinal of the 100 Free tonight.  She was a FAST 53.73!!!

I can still remember at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games when I told Ariana before her 100 Free that she had nothing to be nervous that that race was going to be a warm up experience for the 2012 Olympic games when she swam in the Finals and kick some b... :-)


Let's make sure that all of us cheer for Ariana tonight.  It would be I believe the first time for a swimmer from the Bahamas to qualify for the finals in swimming.  Once in the Finals the SKY IS THE LIMIT!!!

Proud of you Ariana and CONGRATS to you, your family and your coach Brett Hawke.



Charlie Houchin helps the USA 4 x 200 Free Relay

Charlie swims a good leg of the 4 x 200 free relay helping the team qualify first for the final tonight.

Congratulations to Charlie for finally being an Olympian and helping the USA Team.

Tonight let's cheer loud to help the relay win the GOLD!


Swim Fast!

Go Bolles!!!!