Virginia Tech’s Sergio Lopez Explains Uses of Meditation for Swimmers (Video)


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Earlier this week at the 2020 Women’s ACC Swimming & Diving Championships we spoke with Virginia Tech’s Joelle Vereb and learned that the team at VT, under the instruction of Head Coach Sergio Lopez, practices meditation and breathing exercises in order to prepare for major competitions.

Saturday evening, we caught up with Coach Lopez to gain further insight into the use of meditation on the Virginia Tech swim team. Of course, we also had to ask about his new haircut, which it turns out also plays a role in how Lopez teaches his athletes to approach high-pressure meets.


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  2. NC State – 1333
  3. Louisville – 1105.5
  4. North Carolina – 839
  5. Notre Dame – 784
  6. Duke – 675.5
  7. Florida State – 555
  8. Virginia Tech – 469
  9. Georgia Tech – 407.5
  10. Pitt – 359
  11. Miami – 298
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ACC fan
2 years ago

I can’t help but love this guy!

2 years ago

Sergio Lopez is a National treasure

From The Past
2 years ago

Is this an explanation of what not to be doing based off of results?

Eric McGinnis
Reply to  From The Past
2 years ago

How many NCAA champions, Olympians, and world champions has Sergio produced? You must be incredibly good at your job. I’m sure you don’t talk trash anonymously on the internet to make yourself feel better about your own shortcomings.

Reply to  Eric McGinnis
2 years ago

Produced? 0. Managed or coached after the fact? A handful.
He was an age group coach at a high level once.

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2 years ago


2 years ago

Two videos about this? Why?

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