Coach Pete

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It’s a New Year, A New Beginning……Time to make a "CHANGE"


All of the Christmas presents are unwrapped and the sugar canes are all eaten, the ski trips are over and all the relatives have returned home. The New Year is just a few days away, and the resolutions are running rampant….. In just 4 weeks we will have a new President with dreams of “Change”, with all of this ahead of us, this is the best time of the year to get your act together. You have heard me talk of the value of hard work vs. the new technology of swim suits…without the dedicated hard work at workouts there isn’t a suite made that will make you swim faster. If you have had a poor work ethic in the past, now is the time to “CHANGE”…It’s time to work more closely with your coaches, it’s time to improve your technique…one of the biggest things you can CHANGE is you attitude! You have chosen this sport, You have made the decision to compete, You have to CHANGE !!!! I want to wish all of you a Happy and Healthy New Year with the biggest opportunity to make a CHANGE !

Only 77 days until the NCSA Junior National Championship – Orlando – March 17 – March 21, 2009

Only 79 days until the Speedo Champions Series – Southern Zone – South Sectional Championship – Fort Lauderdale – March 19-22, 2009

Only 87 days until the FGC Short Course Junior Olympics – Coral Springs – March 27 – March 29, 2009

Swimmingly, Coach Pete 


December 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Santa will wear his new LZR Suite

Talk on the pool decks across the nation is that Santa will be wearing his new LZR suite this year. If this is true, then we can expect our presents to be delivered much earlier this year than last year. It seems that Santa was watching this years extraordinary Gold Medal accomplishments of Michael Phelps and said to himself, “if it worked for him, it will work for me too!”…..So Mrs. Klaus ordered his new $400.00 LZR suite…..I am sure now that he will cut his time on this years delivery….HO HO HO! Merry Christmas

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas


I will be busy the next two weeks entertaining guest coming in from Florida and Arizona. I will be really busy playing with my two little grandchildren’s new Christmas toys …..So I am taking a break from writing and hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year….The above photo is the reason for the season!…..Coach Pete


December 17, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Brrrrr…Another Cold Day

I have to share this with you guys…if I thought it was cold yesterday, last night toped the cake. This old Florida Swim Coach froze his but off….It was a record breaking -15 degrees. This is what my window in my office looked like this morning


Hope you all have a good day….Coach Pete

I miss this Sunset at Weston

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Brrrrrrrrr….Baby it’s Cold out there

Today I must admit I miss South Florida. As of this post the temperature is 2 degrees …and it is snowing, we have about 6″ so far this morning. The I-70 Corridor into the ski area is closed, they are expected to get about 30″ up there today….So I miss the warm balmy South Florida weather. Those of you who are coming up here to ski for the Christmas break, your in for some really good snow….but you have to dress warm…..Have a good day, Coach Pete

By the way I put on my LZR longjohns before I went out to shovel off my driveway…And wouldn’t you know it; I did it 2 seconds faster than I did last week without them on…….  

December 14, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

University of Florida’ Head Coach Greg Troy’s comments on the LZR Swim Suite

University of Florida head coach Gregg Troy addressed the media Monday morning as part of the Gators’ All-Sports Media Day.
Coach Troy provided his assessment of the team’s performances last week, when the squads were split at two different meets (the Princeton Invite and the U.S. Short Course Nationals).
He also discussed and fielded questions about the enormous improvement in times compared to this point of the season last year and on the new swim suits being used by college teams.
To view Coach Troy’s participation at Monday’s press conference, or visit the GatorVision go to the web site Online section located in the ORANGE box on the swimming home page to view previous media appearances.

December 12, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Daytona State College to Add Swimming and Diving Teams, Steve Lochte Taking Over as Head Coach


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida, December 10. IN what will flow as a natural progression for the Daytona Beach swimming community, Daytona Beach Speed Swimming’s head coach Steve Lochte will be named head coach of the new Daytona State College swim teams during an event held on Dec. 16.
The event will also feature Steve’s son, superstar swimmer Ryan Lochte, along with Olympic gold medalist Rowdy Gaines. Swimming and diving will add to the handful of athletics programs sponsored by Daytona State as the department already sponsors men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and women’s golf. Daytona State is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Florida Community College Athletics Association Mid-Florida Conference.

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mom the LZR Got Me My Cut !!!!

I don’t buy it….Sorry to disagree with those of you who feel that the new suit that mom and dad just spent $400.00 on got you the cut you have been trying so hard to attain. And I also disagree  with the coach who feeds his swimmers pipe dreams of victory with every new suit. According to those who believe in the psych of the ” LZR suit did it for me”….how is it then, that there were 9 other swimmers in the heat who did not break their time or make the cut? AND THEY HAD THE SAME SUIT YOU WERE WEARING…

My theory is an old school theory….it’s called WORK ! I would rather have my swimmers believe that a good work ethic and hard training, working on all the aspects of good stroke technique had been the reason that they made their cut.

At the world class level of swimming where all of the above had been achieved then and only then does the LZR suit make the difference.

Save your money and instill a good work ethic in your swimmer, then if you wish slip on that suit and swim your butt off!


Take the money that you were going to spend on the suit and donate it to someone in need for Christmas…….God Bless, Coach Pete


Good News On Coach Michael Lohberg

December 10
It has been almost 3 weeks since the last update. No news is good news. Michael is doing great. All the secondary issues are gone or well under control. Michael is coaching 2 to 3 times a week. That alone gives him a great boost every time. After months of seeing nothing but hospitals and his room, this feels great. He is also driving again! And it is great that he has his independence back. His blood values have reached a plateau and his hematologist here thinks he will have to undergo a second round of treatment in January. We still have to talk to his Doctors in Bethesda to confirm that. We will keep you updated.
Have a blessed day,

December 11, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Daniela Victoria swimming well at The University of Florida


Daniela with Michael Phelps at the World Championships

Daniela Victoria former Team Weston swimmer is swimming very well for Coach Greg Troy at the University of Florida. The young freshman swam this past week end in the Princeton University Invitational. The full results are net in yet, but in the first day of the meet Daniela swam on the first place 400 med relay posting a 1:03.06 for her leg of the race. Daniela also placed 6th in the finals of the 200 IM posting a 2:03.53. Daniela is the daughter of former Gator and head coach of the Davie Nadadores, Tomas Victoria….We will be looking for more great swims from her as we watch the Gators this season

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Olympics are over, but world records are being broken….Bonnie Bilich sets the FINA Masters World Record

The following information was reported in the current issue of Swimming World Magazine

Bonnie Bilich Breaks First World Record in Backstroke — December 3, 2008

Feature by Emily Sampl
BOULDER, Colorado, December 3. THERE’S no feeling in the world like breaking a world record. Tri-Valley Masters swimmer Bonnie Bilich finally found out what it felt like at the USMS Long Course National Championships in August.
Bonnie outpaced the field in the women’s 50-54 200 backstroke, posting a FINA Masters world record of 2:41.88; it was her first career world record. She nearly repeated that feat in the 100 back, going under the previous record of 1:14.19 by a tenth of a second, but it was Karen Andrus-Hughes who got her hand on the wall first in 1:13.55. Breaking records isn’t one of Bonnie’s main goals, which made it an even greater accomplishment.

“I try not to think about goals too much because then I start putting too much pressure on myself. That takes all the fun out of it,” she said. “I guess my main goals are to have fun and to stay injury free.”
Bonnie has been involved in Masters swimming off and on since 1987, but unfortunately hasn’t been able to compete often. Her family and career as a software engineer at Oracle keep her pretty busy.
“Sometimes it is very hard to find a balance. I never thought two teenagers could keep you so busy with their activities,” she said. “However, my husband is very understanding about my swimming commitment and encourages me to continue with my efforts.”
Next up on Bonnie’s busy schedule will likely be the Pacific Masters Championships in April, followed by the USMS Short Course Nationals in May. Until then, it’s back to the pool to train with her friends and teammates at Tri-Valley.
“The camaraderie from my teammates, coach, and the local swim community provide a lot of inspiration to me,” she stated. “The Masters swimming organization provides a wonderful framework to enjoy all of this.”

December 3, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming | 1 Comment