The Brains Behind Bolles School Swimming

Sergio Lopez has built one of swimming’s hotspots at Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. Garrett McCaffrey sits down to discuss Sergio’s views on high school swimming, college recruiting, and future career plans. If you want to hear more from Sergio check out his blog sergiolopezmiro.com.

Should top level swimmers (Jr. National qualifiers or faster) compete for their high school?

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Katrina Radke
8 years ago

Keep SHINING Sergio!! 🙂

Pam
8 years ago

Great interview, but most high school swimmers aren’t lucky enough to have their Club coach and their High School coach be the same person. 🙁 Kids in this situation often have to serve two masters who may or may not work well together and usually don’t agree on priorities.

Pam
Reply to  Garrett McCaffrey
8 years ago

Garret- when you say the kids should “do” something about it, what do you suggest? My swimmer loves being on the HS team – mostly for social reasons, but it IS one of the better teams in the area, but he is seriously considering not swimming HS his junior year. He feels he will turn in a better performance at Sectionals if he points all his effort towards one championship meet instead of two and that will get more attention from college programs. Your thoughts?

Reply to  Pam
8 years ago

Dear Pam,
I think that it is important for the swimmer and both coaches to work out the best situation possible for everyone to be successful. If your swimmer is working hard the other 9 months out of the year the most important thing he/she will need right now is to BELIEVE that he/she has support from both coaches and both of them BELIEVE that he/she will perform at a high level. Many times we find ourselves questioning the situations without giving it a try with full commitment. As club coaches we think that if the swimmer is not with us at a 100% that the swimmer will not be able to perform and get the best out of… Read more »

Pvk
Reply to  Garrett McCaffrey
8 years ago

What if you are in that situation, but your high school and club coaches are not willing to have a conversation/get along? Could it have a big effect on your performance?

Tim
Reply to  Garrett McCaffrey
8 years ago

Garrett and Sergio,

Great interview and great topic. I was a high school coach for 4 years and am now a club coach to 13-14 year old freshmen and I advocate they swim for their HS teams every day. The energy at a state champs meet in HS swimming is electric, and swimming with their HS peer group is definitely important and a totally unique experience, it become tight knit. Thank you for this!

Coach Tim

JFB
Reply to  Pam
8 years ago

Pam-

In my experience college coaches tend to be more concerned with swimmers’ times than what meet they were swam at. I think the appropriate remedy for your son would be to take a proactive approach with contacting programs he is interested in and making sure the coaches know his times.

newswim
8 years ago

Great interview….it’s good to hear from coaches that put the interests of their swimmers front and center….whether it be high school versus club swimming or selecting college (and its swim program).

About Garrett McCaffrey

No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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