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Go to their web site at then click on the Davie Nadadores Swim Camp Brochure and Application Form and download …..Here is a rundown of the Coaches


Owner and Director |

Coach Tomas Victoria was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Graduate from The University of Florida in Physical Education in 1982 , he is married to Carol Victoria and has two daughters Andrea and Daniela , both of his daughters are involved in competitive sports : Andrea was an All American and state MVP in water polo during her High school years with St Thomas Aquinas HS she obtained an athletic scholarship to Colorado State. Daniela was an All American and two time Florida High School state champion in 100 breaststrokes she is a freshman at the University of Florida in swimming.

Coach Tomas was the Head coach of the Venezuelan National team from 1984 to 1995 his swimmers established over 100 National age group records and made the national Team in multiple occasions to events such as Pan American (1991 Cuba-1995 Argentina- 1999 Canada) and World Championships(1994 Rome , Italy -1995 Rio, Brazil) .

He moved to Florida in 1995 looking for new challenges, he established himself as a coach in the Florida Gold Coast with Team Weston Aquatics were he continued his career by placing swimmers in meets such as Pan Am Games, Rio, Brazil 2007, World Championships Melbourne, Australia 2007, World Youth Championships Rio, Brazil 2006 and Monterrey, Mexico 2008, Zone Championships, US Open, Junior National and Senior National Championships qualifiers.

His swimmers have graduated to accept Athletic and Academic scholarships to Institutions such as: Stanford University, Boston University, University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University, and Indian River College.


Owner and Head Coach |

Coach Alex Pussieldi is originally from Brazil where attended University of Rio Grande do Sul (Journalism) and University of Pernambuco (Physical Education).

Former Junior National Coach of Brazil from 1995 to 1997, and responsible for more then 90 national age group champions in Brazil and several national records. After a very succesfull coaching career in his country, Coach Alex move to United States where has been one of the most active coaches in South Florida.

Coaching Career:
1989 – 1995 – Head Coach at Clube Portugues do Recife, Brazil
1996 – 1998 – Head Coach at Duvel Natacao, Brazil
1999 – 2004 – Head Age Group Coach at Fort Lauderdale Swim Team
2002 to present – Head National Coach Kuwait Swim Team
2003 to present – Head Coach at Lauderdale Isles Yacht Club Florida Summer League
2001 – 2005 – Head Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School Boys Swimming & Diving Team
2005 to present – Co-Head Coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School Boys Swimming & Diving Team
2004 – 2008 – Senior Coach at Pine Crest Swim Club
2008 to present – Head Coach Davie Nadadores Swim Club

Coaching accomplishments:
15 State Titles in Brazil
3 National Club Titles in Brazil
2 times South American Champion with Brazilian National Team
14 times Gulf Champion with Kuwait National Team
5 times Florida High School State Champion with St. Thomas Aquinas High School
4 times South Florida Coach of the Year from Sun Sentinel
3 times South Florida Coach of the Year from Miami Herald
2 times Coach of the Year from Dairy Farmers

International participation:
1995, 1996, 1997 Europe Youth Multinations Swimming Championship
1993, 1995, 1997 South American Junior Championship
2003, 2004 FINA World Cup in New York
2004 World Short Course Championship in Indianapolis
2005 World Championship in Montreal, Canada
2005 FINA World Cup in New York
2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar
2006 FINA Youth World Swimming Championship in Rio, Brazil
2007 Pan American Games in Rio, Brazil
2008 FINA Youth World Swimming Championship in Monterrey, Mexico
2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China


April 1, 2009 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Lactate Testing at the Club Level


I would like to hear the opinion of you coaches out there on lactate testing on the club level. Do you think it’s worth the effort? Here are some points of interest to read on the subject.


Lactate is the unique metabolic variable that indicates the capability of the muscles for an athletic performance. We emphasize “unique” in the preceding sentence because no other metabolic parameter provides the same information. Lactate is an output of the anaerobic process and a fuel for the aerobic process and levels of it in the blood during exercise is indicative of the strength of each system. No other parameter provides this same information.

The ability of the muscles to reach a peak performance during an athletic event requires that the energy systems providing energy be “fine tuned” or “balanced” properly so the athlete can generate the highest amount of energy per unit of time during a race. Proper training is what accomplishes this fine tuning or optimal balance and it is lactate testing that lets the coach know if the balance has been obtained or how each energy system must be trained in order to obtain the balance.

Coaching is a profession requiring both art and science. The building blocks for an optimal performance are many and must be constructed in a proper sequence and must recognize that each individual is different. Some of these building blocks are correct technique, positive mental attitude and a proper diet. However, the cornerstone for this building is precise physiological training. That is the main reason an athlete spends so much time in the water, on the bike, on the track or the road, in the weight room or wherever training is best conducted. Ask yourself, do you know if all those miles/hours of training are paying out?

But what is appropriate physiological training? It is not volume or else those who put in the most hours/miles would be the winners. It is not intensity or else those who pushed themselves the hardest would be the winners. It is not someone’s favorite workout or else everyone would be copying the magic workout or training pace. It turns out that each individual has their own way of adapting and any smart training plan must recognize this. This is a fact of life. Each has to find his or her own way to the proper balance of the energy systems and peak conditioning on the day that counts, race day.

With proper protocols a portable lactate analyzer enables the coach to measure both the aerobic and anaerobic conditioning of each athlete. Information about both is necessary for the coach to optimize the conditioning of each athlete whether they are a 50 meter freestyle swimmer (about 22 seconds plus per race) or an Ironman triathlete (over 8 hours per race for the world’s best). With information on each energy system the coach can plan, control and monitor the training of athletes with a precision not available before. Lactate testing provides the important information that enables the coach to individualize the intensity of each athlete’s workout and control their training so they reach performance objectives. No over-training and no surprises come race day.

How Does Lactate Testing do This?

Provides a multi-dimensional profile of conditioning. Because lactate is produced by the anaerobic system and used by the aerobic system it is the only marker available for measuring each system. The amount of energy an athlete can produce per unit of time depends on the development of both systems which is why they have to be balanced. (Essentially this means training the anaerobic system to a level that is appropriate for the athlete’s aerobic capacity.) This balance will depend upon the event for which the athlete is competing and will also depend upon which part of the training cycle the athlete is in. The closer the athlete gets to the “big” event the balance will have to be “fine tuned” for a peak performance.

Show adaptation in each system. Over time changes in blood lactate levels tell the coach what physiological adaptation has taken place in each system. It tells the coach which forms of training are working or not working. Training time becomes much more efficient as the athlete performs only workouts that work. Your analyzer becomes a “training compass” that “steers” each athlete in the right direction. It is much more relevant than heart rate monitoring which reflects a general overall body response to stress and doesn’t necessarily reflect what is happening in the muscles or with the anaerobic system. It is much more versatile than VO2 testing which requires very expensive equipment and requires experts to administrate the test properly.

Teaches coaches and athletes what is required for a peak performance. Lactate testing is also a learning and motivating experience for coaches and athletes as they become much more aware of the interactions of variables and the other nuances that affect workouts as well as performance. Since the emphasis will be on training energy systems and not the use of very broad training zones, coaches will understand what works best for each energy system and why, what may be counter-productive and when and in what sequence various types of training are appropriate

November 8, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Triathlon Training in Italy

I recently received an e-mail from Ernesto Bronzetti manager of the Hotel Perla in Riccione, Italy….I thought I would pass it along to who ever might be interested…I have no connection with this hotel the post is for your information only :


Dear  Mr Pete,

my name is Ernesto Bronzetti and  I am the manager of the  ” Hotel Perla  ”  in Riccione (Italy).

My purpose in writing is to propose my hotel as a place of sojourn  for a training camp .

Ours is a three-stars , family run hotel ( recently restored) situated just in front of the beach and just  1km from the indoor and outdoor Olympic swimmimg pool situated inside the Sports centre “Italo Nicoletti” .

The Riccione swimmimg stadium has already become the stage of important national and international events.

This construction is placed in a beautiful environment and in a strategic spot, only 5 minutes from the Highway and Miramare-Rimini airport. The construction is supplied with all the services for the clients: reception, rest area, bar, large changing rooms, grandstands with a capacity of 2000 people.  The swimmimg stadium proposes itself as the ideal candidate for the swimmers.

Here is some information:


Lenght mt. 50x 10 lanes

Width mt. 25

Height mt. 2 constant

Lenghtm. 25x 10 lanes

Widht mt. 11

Height mt. 1,20 constant

Diving board from 1 to 3 mt.


Lenght mt. 50x 10 lanes

Width mt. 25

Height mt. 2 constant

We have been working with athletes for many years and we  are  capable of satisfying the varying requirements of these guests, for this reason we can boast consolidated experience in this sector.

We are also a bike hotel and we are well-organized to respond adequatly to all the needs of this sport:  rent bike,  safe store-room and workshop for the bicycles, skilled cycling guides, route maps,  a rich continental buffet breakfast,  a choice of three menus with fish and meat  and specific menus for sportsmen, laundry service for technical wear, use of the  steam bath and of the  outdoor jacuzzi swimming pool,   free entry at the health club “Blue Line” just near the  Riccione swimmimg stadium. On request  sports massages.

We have numerous athletes who have been making use of our services for many years.  

They are already our guests:

the Italian  National TeamTriathlon , the Fassa Bortolo Team, the Fidea Cycle Team, Cofidis, Navigators, Martin Yelling( English national duathlon champion), Aubrey Brice (Olympic champion from Canada), Alessandro Alessandri (Italian duathlon champion).  They all choose the Hotel Perla as a place of sojourn for their training camp as they feel home away from  home!!!!!

We offer two kinds of rooms all with satellite television and air-conditioning:

Libeccio (Standard room)

Grecale (Superior room)

You can book Half board or just B&B as you prefer.

We can also arrange the transfer from/to the airport ( from Rimini airport and  from Riccione station it is free!!!) 

At your disposal our 9  seats Perla van to reach the swimmimg pool. 

For further information or possible requests don’t hesitate to contact  me  .

In the meantime visit our web-site

Kind regards

Hotel Perla

October 17, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Attention Master Swimmers,Triathlete’s

If you’re an open water swimmer, a triathlete, or a masters athlete of any kind, you’ll love this story on one of the most incredible daily workouts in the world. Check it out.
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September 26, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Tri-Athlete Training Tip

freestyle3  At the left is a good illustration of proper head position for breathing. Note also the high elbow recovery of the stroke. To help you practice “sighting” while you are working out, try to swim 3 or 4 strokes …then lift your head straight up out of the water and sight an object at the other end of the pool. Doing this will enable you to get use to sighting in open water.

May 22, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Matt Reed and Julie Swail Ertel earn second of three Olympic triathlon berths.

Matt Reed 


Sunday, April 20, 2008
News staff writer

TUSCALOOSA – Matt Reed knew one thing for sure as he rode his bike in the men’s U.S. Olympic Triathlon Trials Saturday. He didn’t want to run with Andy Potts and Hunter Kemper.

“They’re great runners, especially Hunter,” Reed said. “I didn’t want to run with them so I attacked on the bike.”

Reed’s last-lap push on the bike gave him a lead that Potts and Kemper couldn’t overcome as he claimed the second of two American men’s slots in the Olympics.

Earlier, Julie Swail Ertel earned her second trip to an Olympic Games as she won the women’s race. The 35-year-old was a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. team in 2000.

Potts burst into the lead in the men’s race, surging ahead as he cut through the choppy water of the Black Warrior River.

“I’ve been swimming well and I wanted to take the race from the start,” he said. “I thought that was my best play, my best move. It was a sound tactic knowing the strengths of mine and knowing the course layout.”

Potts finished the swim in 18 minutes and 17 seconds, 42 seconds faster than Kemper.

Reed was fourth at 19:11. The pack of three eventually reeled Potts in on the bike and had pulled even with him going into the final lap.

That’s when Reed made his move with a hard push into the wind.

“It was a last-lap decision,” he said. “I wasn’t going to do it but I like to be a frontrunner and that’s how I win most of my races, when I’ve got a lead off the bike.”

Reed, whose brother Shane recently made the New Zealand Olympic triathlon team, had a 25-second lead as the run began. His aim was to hold that advantage.

“Once I knew I could get to that last lap with 25 seconds,” he said, “they couldn’t catch me.”

The recently naturalized American considered Potts and Reed the favorites more than himself. He was certain neither felt threatened by his ability to sustain a lead on the run.

Sara McLarty was the first woman out of the water in the women’s race. She was part of a lead group of four on the bike with Sarah Haskins Kortuem, Ertel and Sarah Groff. The leaders were initially 20 seconds ahead of the second wave. That lead grew to 48 seconds and then slipped to 44.

Haskins Kortuem said Ertel set herself apart with her transition from the swim to the bike.

“She had a gunfire transition,” the women’s runner-up said. “It was tough to close right from the start.”

Ertel said she won the race on the run, which has been a focal point of her recent training.

“I just ran my heart out from three weeks ago to about a week ago,” she said. “I did three running races in three weeks, trying to (get) my running speed down.

“I knew as soon as I got off the bike I felt good, really rested,” the 35-year-old said of her Saturday effort.

Saturday’s winners joined Jarrod Shoemaker and Laura Bennett, the first American man and woman to finish the Beijing World Cup last fall. The final U.S. qualifiers will be determined at the June 22 Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moine, Iowa.

With two second-place finishes, Haskins has the lowest score of four. The only person who could unseat her is Groff, who finished third. If Groff is the first American woman to finish in Des Moine, she would net four points and her victory there would provide her the tiebreaker edge.

In the men’s competition, it’s not as simple. Potts and Kemper each have five points with a second and third. Most likely, the first finisher between those two would get the third spot.

However, Brian Fleischmann and Doug Friman each have one point with a fourth-place finish. Either would get the third spot if he were the first American finisher and Potts and Kemper finish third or lower among the Americans.

May 4, 2008 Posted by | Triathlons | Leave a comment

Daniela Victoria Trying to Qualify for the 2008 Olympics


Daniela will be competing in San Marino Italy at the end of April in the Copa Latina Meet to try and qualify for the Venezuelan Olympic Team that will compete in Beijing this summer. Daniela is a member of Team Weston Aquatics and trains at the Midtown Athletic Club in Weston Florida under Coach Tomas Victoria, her father. Daniela has been one of Florida’s top female breaststorker’s and will be attending the University of Florida in the fall. Our hearts go out to her and we all wish her luck in her pursuit of making the team

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Another Opinion from Australia

Games boycott no answer: Hackett

Grant Hackett ... wouldn't want to see a boycott.

Grant Hackett … wouldn’t want to see a boycott.
Photo: Getty Images

March 21, 2008 – 2:45PM

Australian swim team captain Grant Hackett says boycotting the Olympics has never been the correct solution as the pressure on China mounts following its response to unrest in Tibet.

His comments come a day after five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe said he did not believe athletes should boycott the Beijing Games.

China’s human rights record has again come under scrutiny, with its crackdown on protesters in the Himalayan region leading to calls ranging from snubbing the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics to a full boycott of the Beijing Games.

However, Hackett said he believed boycotting the Olympics was never an appropriate response and the decision for countries to skip the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Games on political grounds had been counterproductive.

“I don’t think that is the answer to the problems, to be totally honest,” he said before the Olympic swimming trials starting tomorrow in Sydney.

“I would not like to see people do that.

“I don’t think that was the answer back in the ’80s and I don’t think it is a sustainable resolution to the problem.

“So, in saying that this team will not boycott, certainly that has been said by (Australian Olympic Committee president) John Coates, it has been said by (Australia swim head coach) Alan Thompson.

“I guess what issues escalate over there in the next few months, well hopefully that does not happen … and we can be focused on the positive things that are happening in China with the Olympics coming there and the great performance of athletes.

“And hopefully that issue (Tibet) does die down a little bit.”

The AOC has vowed Australia will not boycott the Games despite a renewed focus on China’s human rights record and a call to do so from some athletes and Tibetan groups.

Thorpe yesterday agreed with the AOC’s call.

“The Games is a peacetime event, it’s a peaceful event,” he said while in Canberra for an indigenous health summit.

China has denied using deadly force to quell the unrest, saying the only deaths so far were 13 “innocent civilians” killed by rioters in Lhasa on Friday while 325 people were injured.

But the exiled Tibetan government believes the death toll is more like 30, and possibly as high as 100.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Boycott Opinion from Australia

Ross, says 

Unfortunately an event like the Olympics cannot be dissociated from politics. To do so is disingenuous and smacks of the same selfishness of the Australian cricketers rebel tour of South Africa in the 80s. Yes, the sportsmen work hard, but let’s not forget they’re on a taxpayer funded ride at the AIS where they pay no HECS. People doing medicine work just as hard and contribute far more than running and jumping and swimming.
To call a boycott ‘wrong’ amounts to moral cowardice. Fortunately China does care about its international reputation and so the athletes are in a unique position to draw attention to the illegal, violent invasion of Tibet AND the astounding level of humans rights violations in China itself. I guess in these days where nobody takes responsibility for the things they do, it seems a strange idea for people to take responsibility for things they should do. In fact it makes these athletes the worst kind of cowards: those who are in the position to do something but choose not to for personal gain. This burying your head in the sand, not-my-problem attitude shows the moral turpitude of the modern sports person. I am embarrassed and ashamed to be represented by people of this ilk.
If you truly believe sports boycotting is wrong, perhaps you should read about the Wallabies’ boycott of the South African rugby tour in 1971. Those players had more moral fibre in their little fingers than this entire Australian Olympic team.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Great News!

U.S. Paralympics Trials: Team Named, Dave Denniston Makes Squad — April 6, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, April 6. THE U.S. Paralympic Team held its Trials over the weekend at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Overall, 38 swimmers earned berths as six world records fell during the meet.
On the first night of swimming, Susan Beth Scott set the S10 division world record in the women’s 400 free with a time of 4:40.10.
The following night featured a trio of world records. Singapore’s Pin Xiu Yip set the S3 50 back standard with a 1:01.55 during prelims. Yip returned during finals to drop the record even further with a 1:00.80. Finally, Deb Gruen broke the SB6 200 breast record with a 3:36.37. On the final night, Erin Popovich shot down the SM7 200 IM record with a time of 3:00.34, while Rudy Garcia-Tolson clocked a 2:40.59 in the SM7 200 IM to claim his record.
While every member of the U.S. Paralympic squad deserves applause for punching their tickets to Beijing, one has always been near-and-dear to all of our hearts. We extend a personal congratulations to Dave Denniston for making the Olympic team! Way to go Dave…..Bring it!

April 6, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment