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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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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


Caeleb Dressel takes it to the next level at 2013 Junior Worlds - Dubai

Caeleb Dressel has had an AMAZING summer, from World Trials back in June to the 2013 FINA Junior Worlds this past week in Dubai, UAE.  He has broken many NAG records as a 15-16 year old and in the two weeks after turning 17 he has broken two 17-18 NAG in the 50 and 100 Free.  Both times place him in the top 50 in the World Rankings and establishes him as one of the upcoming stars in the World.


How impressive that the first time Caleb has a chance to represent Team USA, he brings home a total of 6 Medals from the Junior World Championships, two individual and 4 relays.


48”97 – 100 Free with a New Championship Record and a New 17-18 NAG taking Michael Phelps down



48”29 - 400 Free Relay

48”83 - 400 Mixed Free Relay



22”22 - 50 Free with a New 17-18 NAG taking his friend and teammate Santo Condorelli down

48”70 - 400 Mixed Medley Relay

1:48”27 - 800 Free Relay

Congratulations to Caeleb and his Coach Jason Calanog for the great job that they have done this year preparing and executing a great plan. I have no doubt that great things are waiting ahead for Caeleb and Coach Jason and I just want to CONGRATULATE them Both

Here you have a video of us watching Caeleb swim the 100 Free this past Saturday in our Dry-Land room at Bolles.  Enjoy!

I also want to Congratulate three other Bolles swimmers that competed at the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships this past weekend, and they did a very good job.

Mckenna Deveber (96) that represented PERU and swam a best time in the 200 IM with a 2:22”86 placing 25th, she also swam the 50-100-200 back and 100 Free.  Congrats!!!

Natacha Gvakharia Mgebrishvi (96) that represented Mexico and placed 13th in the 50 Free with a personal best of 26”27 and also placed 23rd with another personal best in the 100 Free with a 57”76.  Felicidades!!!

Steven Maina (97) that represented Kenya and swam 50-100-200-400 Free, 50 and 200 Back.  Steven had a very busy week and swam a couple of personal best times.  Congrats!!!

You can check SwimSwam to check for results.  They did an amazing job covering the meet and keeping us all informed.  Thank You!!!


Ryan Murphy & Teo D'Alessandro Swim FAST 100 IM (46"90 & 49"10) @ Practice

Another day with more FAST Swimming today here at our practice at Bolles.

I know some people will have negative comments about it but I think Ryan Murphy & Teo D'Alessandro swam a very FAST 100 IM today at practice.

Today was last practice for Ryan with us at Bolles and he wanted to race with Teo and use an old Fullbody suit to see how fast they could go in the 100 IM.  After the US Open both of them took over two weeks off and they have been in the water for a couple of days.

I need to apologize to Teo since I did not get his splits :-( but hopefuly he knows that I still care a lot about him ;-)>

Well here is the video for you to enjoy.  The final times are the ones I took:

Ryan Murphy 46"90& Teo D'Alessandro 49"10



Caeleb Dressel swims a FAST 19"0-18"9 @ Practice Today!

Today at the Late Night practice at the Bolles School Sharks, Caeleb Dressel swam an impressive 50 yards Free.  Coach Jason Calanog had Caeleb swim at the end of practice a 50 yards Free in preparation for the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships in Dubai next week and he exploded.  Three coaches timed this 50 and two had 19"01 & 19"07 and one had a 18"91.  It does not matter this is just PLAIN FAST!!!

Watch the video and enjoy. Probably one of the FASTEST 50 yards Freedone at practice ever ;-)

Congrats to Caeleb and Jason!

Good Luck @ Junior Worlds!!!

Go Bolles!


Next Week Bolles at FLAGs-Will the Magic travel to Gainesville?


The Bolles Magic will travel to Gainesville with our younger and hungry Sharks.  Coach Dale and the rest of the Age Group coaching staff will be leading a group of 57 swimmers to the University of Florida to compete at the 2013 Summer FLAGs.

Here in the picture above you have our young Sharks that will be competing in their last FLAGs meet this next week.  Today at our pre-meet party each one of them gave a speech of what it means to be part of the BOLLES TRADITION and how excited they are to go out there and swim FAST.  They believe in the power of their teammates and the power and MAGIC that the Bolles Tradition has given them to reach this level and keep moving forward.


Very exciting meet that will be broadcast live by our great friends and amazing professionals from the Florida Swim Network.  Here is the link to the event:

Also here is a picture of how yesterday my wife and some of her friends were doing preparations for today's FLAGs party and they were making their own MAGIC. Supposedly my wife makes a mean Margarita.  I guess all those years working at the night clubs back in Barcelona are paying off. I wish I was there ;-)