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Matthew Serra ‘17 Recruiting Profile

  • The Bolles School
  • Port Orange, FL
  • Men's Swimming
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Matthew Serra's Men's Swimming Recruiting Profile
The Bolles School Sharks (FL)
Prim. Position:
100 Fly
Sec. Position:
50 Free
100 Fly LCM
100 Fly SCY
50 Free LCM
50 Free SCY
100 Back LCM
100 Back SCY
  • 2015 Highlights

Personal Statement

To understand me, you must first understand my environment. My family enjoys competition where physical fitness and academic excellence are daily activities.  Our kitchen table was a classroom for debating historic events or learning grammar.  Both my parents and grandparents earned advanced degrees and continue to swim and run regularly.  My grandparents are 80 years old, and they continue to swim everyday; therefore, swimming and competition have been a significant part of my background. I learned to swim before I learned to walk, and I identify myself to physical fitness, nutrition and academics.

Throughout adolescence, I had mentors who influenced and shaped my attitude. My father says, “It takes a village to raise a child,” and I have been lucky in that respect. My father is a former state trooper pilot and now college professor, who taught me discipline and dedication. My mother is a Florida state attorney and imparted academic fortitude.

In the last thirteen (13) years, swim coaches have reinforced my physical and mental perseverance. At the Bolles School, Coach Jon Sakovich taught me nutrition, mental focus, and stroke perfection, earning Junior National times. Coach Sergio Lopez mentored me with encouragement and ushered my self-confidence. Coach Mike Kuzma taught strength training and psychological stamina, and finally Coach Clare Blackwell dogs me to never quit.

However, it does not end there. My dorm dads (Ben Irie, Mike Boswell, Tony Shubert, and Ryan Brewer) are surrogate fathers who counsel me daily and voted me Dorm Prefect and Dorm Ambassador, leadership roles in the dorms, managing sixty (60+) males and hosting potential new students. Dean Scott Smith, who is Dean of Bolles Administration and my personal academic tutor, has marshaled me through academic milestones. I am in debt to them to be the best leader and student-athlete, representing Bolles, my family, and my community in years to come.

Finally, I recently earned my FAA private pilot license, and when I have a free moment, I enjoy fishing on the St. Johns River near Bolles School. I am searching for the best possible academic and athletic programs, which fit my future goals. I plan to continue my education and swimming career to the highest levels. I will attend law school and become actively involved in my community, but my ultimate target is the Olympics. I believe the lessons learned from swimming and education developed my well-balanced attitude, and it will continue to guide me into the twenty-first (21st) century.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 4 years
  • 2016 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Area
  • Team Awards:
    State 2nd Place
  • 2015 Varsity Team
  • Team Awards:
    State Champs, Regional Champs, Sectional Champs
  • 2014 Varsity Team
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-Area, 1st Team All-State
  • Team Awards:
    Sectional Champs, Regional Champs, State Champs, National Champs
  • 2013 Varsity Team
  • Team Awards:
    Sectional Champs, Regional 2nd Place

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 2 seasons
  • 2014 The Bolles School Sharks (FL)
  • 2012 Daytona Beach Speed

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Jon Sakovich
  • Other
  • Sergio Lopez-Miro
  • High School Assistant Coach
  • Payton Brooks
  • High School Assistant Coach
  • Mike Kuzma



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High School Information

High School:
The Bolles School

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. I took honors classes my Freshman year (IB at Spruce Creek HS) and now I am taking AP classes (Private School).
AP Classes:
Yes. Modern European Gov.; Human Geography; Comparative World History/Gov.; World History
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Activity
    • Student Council Rep; Resident Life Leadership Prefect; Resident Life Ambassador; FAA Private Pilot License
  • Activity
    • working on Instrument Rating and Commercial Rating

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Event 2016 Varsity Te
100Y Back 50.22
100Y Fly 48.66
200M Med Relay (Split) 22.89 back


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