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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.




I want to thank Garrett McCaffrey and SWIMSWAM for taking the time to interview me and ask me about Bolles.  You guys at SwimSwam are doing an amazing job at keeping the swimming community informed and updated with everything that goes on in the swimming World.  


Click on the image below to watch the interview ;-) 


Ali Talwar Commits to Tulane University!

Ali Talwar has commited to Tulane University!!!

What a great pick by Tulane University and the Tulane Womem’s Swimming & Diving Team.  Ali Talwar is one of our Captains of our 2012 Girls Bolles Swimming and Diving Team and besides being a good swimmer, she is an amazing person.  I think the “Green Wave” is lucky to have the commitment of such an amazing student-athlete.  Ali is a born leader and most importantly is the type of person that will help her teammates be better both in the water and out of the water.

As a swimmer I think Ali has her best years ahead of her and I have no doubts that she will lead the “Green Wave” to great success.

Here are Ali’s Best Times:

200 Free:             1:54.19 (Unshaved-Untapered)

500 Free:             5:01.91 (Unshaved-Untapered)

1000 Free:           10:19.01

1650 Free:           17:04.12





Ryan Murphy Commits to CAL Berkley!

Ryan Murphy has committed to CAL Berkley! 

Congratulations to Ryan and to Cal Berkley.  Personally I am very happy for Ryan since he has been very methodical during this recruiting process and he is convinced that Coach Dave Durden and the California Golden Bears will help him reach his goals as a student-athlete and as a world class swimmer. CONGRATS Ryan!!!

Personally it has been a privilege to coach Ryan for these past four years and I can’t wait to watch him step into the next level and develop as a collegiate and world class swimmer.  I know that Ryan will be able to help the Golden Bears not only in the backstroke events, but his IM, his Fly and his Free will be events that if he wants to, he could be on the top at the NCAA Championships. 

I still have almost ten months coaching Ryan, but I know I am going to miss him.  I am very thankful to Ryan for creating the partnership that he has created with me, and for allowing me to coach him and allowing me to share my thoughts with him.  Also I want to thank him for everything he has done for Bolles as a student-athelete.  I have learned a lot from him these past years in and out of the water, and I thank him for that.  One of the things that I am most thankful is that he has kept me on my toes day in and day out with his curiosity, determination and work ethics to be the best. THANK YOU Ryan!

I know Dave Durden and Yuri Suguiyama will have a great time coaching Ryan and developing him to the next level.

Here are Ryan’s best times in yards:

50 Free:                20.02

100 Free:             44.15

200 Free:             1:36.34

50 Back:                21.77

100 Back:             46.72

200 Back:             1:40.90

100 Fly:                 48.16

200 Fly:                 1:48.98

200 IM:                 1:45.77

400 IM:                 3:56.50

Thank you Ryan!!! 



Genevieve Miller Commits to the AIR FORCE ACADEMY

Genevieve Miller commits to the Air Force Academy.  I am very happy for her!  Genevieve has been with us for a couple of years training in our Distance group with Coach Jon Sakovich.  She is a very good kid and has been a great asset to our Bolles high school and club team, not only because she is a very good swimmer but because of the way she is.  Genevieve is a very responsible hard working student-athlete that every coach dreams to have as a part of the team.  Because the way she trains and carries herself she is a great leader for our team and I have no doubt that she will be a great asset for the Air Force at all levels.



Here are Genevieve best times:

50 Free:                24.40

100 free:              52.77

200 Free:             1:50.55

500 Free:             4:50.24

1000 Free:           9:57.06

1650 Free:           16:42.07

She participated at the last 2012 Olympic Trials and I really believe that if she keeps training the way she does we will see her represent the Falcons at the NCAA Championships sometime soon ;-)

Good Luck Genevieve!