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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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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



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:

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


Ryan Murphy brings two Medals from Worlds back to Jacksonville.

These past few days we had three of our Bolles Sharks represented three different countries at the 2012 Short Course World Championships here in Istanbul, Turkey.  Anderson Lim (Brunei), Joseph Schooling (Singapore) and Ryan Murphy (USA) have done a very good job these past five days here in Istanbul.

Today has been the most exciting day of all.  Ryan Murphy had the day of his life today here in Istanbul by winning two Medals at the 2012 Short Course World Championships.  Ryan won a Bronze Medal in the 200 Backstroke in an Epic Race with Ryan Lochte and Radoslaw Kawecki from Poland.  The race came down to the last 25 and Ryan came 0.4 short from winning the Gold.  Amazing swim making him the third fastest All-Time Textile swimmer, and he is only 17!

Here are the splits and the video of his race tonight:

1- Radoslaw Kawecki      25.47 / 53.06 (27.59) / 1:21.24 (28.19) / 1:48.48 (27.24)

2- Ryan Lochte                25.16 / 52.73 (27.57) / 1:20.89 (28.16) / 1:48.50 (27.61)

3- Ryan Murphy                25.40 / 53.03 (27.63) / 1:21.09 (28.09) / 1:48.86 (27.77)

Here you have the video of the Medal Ceremony for the 200 Backstroke:

Ryan this morning swam a very comfortable 1:50.60 in the 200 Backstroke to qualify 2nd overall for tonight’s final.  I believe he swam the fourth fastest time of the year this morning.  Very good time for being the first time swimming in his life in short course meters.  His splits: 25.69 / 2.42 (54.11) / 28.75 / 27.74].

Here is the video of the Men’s 200 Back Prelims:

After the 200 Back Ryan was given the opportunity to be part of the 400 Medley Relay for the Prelims swim for USA.  That gave him an opportunity to swim for the first time the 100 Backstroke in short course meters. He swam next the current World Record Holder and did an excellent job with a 50.91 split that I believe is very good too for being the first time.  He would had been top eight in the Finals of the 100 Back here in Istanbul.

Here is the Video:


 Joseph Schooling swam three Singapore National Records, one in the 50 Fly, one in the 100 Fly and another one in the 200 Fly.  His 100 Fly placed him 22nd with a 51.84 and the 50 Fly placed him 17th with a 23.58. In the 50 Fly he missed the SemiFinals by 0.01.  Joseph also helped Singapore in the 400 Medley Relay, 400 and 800 Free Relays.

I will post the videos of the 100 Fly and 50 Fly as soon as I get them from Singapore Swimming.

Joseph did not have a very good swim today and I think mainly because of really hurting his ankle over two weeks ago and not being able to really train properly and push his kicking.  His time was: 1:59.44 [26.18 / 29.87 (56.06) / 31.06 / 32.32]. 

Here is the Video of his race:

Anderson Lim did not have the best meet ever but he swam an almost Personal Best in the 200 Free with a 2:00.74 and he added a couple of seconds in the 400 with a 4:23.37.  In my opinion his strokes were good but he needed to push harder both events from the beginning and really push hard in the middle of his races.  Very young and with a great future ahead of him.

Amazing Finish by our Sharks and by Ryan Murphy of this first part of the 2012-13 season.  I am proud of all the swimmers, coaches and parents for making Bolles the great place it is.



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!!!