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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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Good Prelims for Bolles at Nationals

Ryan Murphy swam a personal best time in the 200 IM with a fast 1:45.62 placing 8th overall and earning a spot in the A Final for tonight. First time attending USA Nationals, first event and first final ;-) Like we say "there is a first time for everything".

I would say 10 minutes after the 200 IM he swam the 50 Free with a time of 20.12. Not a best time but good enough for a second swim tonight. He qualified 19th and will be swimming in the C final tonight.

I really feel that tonight he will swim fast. This morning he seemed a little sleepy :-)

Will keep you posted.



Prelims day 1 at Nationals

Here we are at USA Nationals. Ryan will be swimming later today the 200 IM & 50 Free.

I will keep you posted.



In Austin for Nationals

We just finished practices here at the great Aquatic Center at the University of Texas.

It has been five years since Bolles has been at USA Nationals in December. Fast time was back in 2007 in Atlanta.

This week will he exciting for Ryan Murphy here at Nationals and for our more than 120 Sharks that will be competing at the Gator Invite back at the University of Florida. I have a feeling that we will see a lot of Fast Swimming.

GOOD LUCK to everyone.






I hope everyone has a great day today in the company of your family and friends.  I really enjoy Thanskgiving for many different reasons, being with my family and eating non-stop, and also just spending all day at home with nothing to do but to try to watch football (or really anything on TV) but ending up sleeping for many hours.  What a day!

One of the reasons for Thanksgiving is to give Thanks for what we have.  Our team is very fortunate to have so many parents who volunteer and I am very thankful for all their help.  Today I want to give THANKS to one of those parents, who has made and keeps making a difference in many people’s lives.  This excepcional person is Sue Talwar.

Sue has been helping us at Bolles as a Meet Director, Meet Official and High School Team Mom for at least these past six years.   Sue is very well organized and most importantly she keeps all of us on our toes and ready for the task at hand.  The quality of the Meets we host is a pure reflection of the amazing work that Sue does, always having everything and everyone organized and ready to do what needs to be done.  Honestly the day she decides to stop (that day is coming soon when her daughter Ali goes to college) I don’t know what we are going to do ;-)

Personally I don’t have enough words to thank Sue Talwar and her family for everything that they do for Bolles and for me as the Head Coach.  

Sue’s husband has been away for work in the Middle East and I know he will not be here for a day like today, so I want to THANK Sue and her family for everything she does to help the Bolles’ Family and the Lopez Family.  I hope Sue has an amazing day in company of her family and friends.





Bolles College Athletic Commitments-Nov.15, 2012

Today was another special day at Bolles for our great student-athletes. Fifteen Bolles student-athletes were honored today for committing to continue their athletic and academic careers at a college or university. 

 The ceremony took place in our Davis Gym.  Here is a picture while parents are arriving and we are waiting for the student-athletes to come out of class for their activities period.

Today we honored the following Bolles student-athletes:


Boys’ Swimming
Santo Condorelli, University of Southern California
Emiro Goossen, University of Florida
Ryan Murphy, University of California, Berkeley
Brad Stamper, Indiana University, Bloomington

Girls’ Swimming
Kourtney Gavin, Florida Southern College
Smacker Miles, University of Texas
Genevieve Miller, United States Air Force Academy
Ashley Neidigh, Auburn University
Chandler Soapes, University of Florida
Ali Talwar, Tulane University

Boys’ Tennis
Joey Bove, The Citadel
Hunter Geddes, The Citadel

Cayla Levins, Murray State University

Boys’ Lacrosse
Davis Lindsey, Denison University

Girls’ Golf
Mia Zanghetti, College of William & Mary 

This day is always an emotional day just thinking that in few months we will not be able to coach, mentor and enjoy this group of kids.  But that is part of life and part of the job we have and as one of the coaches that has had the opportunity and privilege to work with these student-athletes and their families, I will always be thankful to them for this great opportunity. I have seen many of these kids these past six years running around the campus and the pool deck and I have great memories from each one of them for the rest of my life.

As I said in my speech (always ready to speak in public) each one of the student-athletes has been exposed to excellence in the classroom and in the pool and I have no doubts in my mind that Bolles has prepared them to be succesful at the highest level as student-athletes.  They will be amazing Ambassadors for Bolles and they will lead the Universities to excellence.  CONGRATS!!!


Interesting Fact: Bolles graduates participate in college athletics at a significantly higher rate than the national average. In the last four years, 19 percent of Bolles graduates have continued their athletics careers at the varsity collegiate level in a wide variety of sports in every collegiate division. Nationally, according to recent data from, the chance of high school student-athletes participating in college sports is less than eight percent.

I believe we have close to a 100% of our swimmers becoming student-athletes in college.  Here you can see the Bolles & Bolles Sharks swimmers that went on to college since 2007-08: