COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, March 13. USA Swimming today announced the staff selected to guide next month’s National Junior Team Camp, which is slated for April 9-13 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The aim of the annual camp is to identify elite 18-and-under swimmers and introduce them to the USA Swimming National Team culture of sportsmanship and excellence, while providing younger athletes the opportunity to experience a training camp situation.
Jason Turcotte (Duluth, Ga.) of Dynamo Swim Club was selected as the head women’s coach for the camp, while Sergio Lopez (Jacksonville, Fla.) of The Bolles School Sharks was tabbed the head men’s coach.
Assistant women’s coaches for the camp include Bill Christensen (North Richland Hills, Texas; North Texas Nadadores), Janet Harty (Gardner, Mass.; Greenwood Memorial Swim Club) and Brian Pajer (Newport Beach, Calif.; Aquazot Swim Club).
Chuck Batchelor (Attleboro, Mass.; Bluefish Swim Club), Tony Batis (Newark, Calif.; Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) and Shawn Smith (Englewood, Colo.; University of Denver Hilltoppers) round out the men’s coaching staff as assistants.
The coaching staff for the camp is chosen from a pool of personal coaches from the members of the 2013-14 National Junior Team, which is comprised of the top six 18-and-under males and females in each Olympic event. Each member of the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Junior Team is invited to attend the camp.
Also joining the swimmers and coaches at the camp will be Olympic medalists and National Team members Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) and Caitlin Leverenz (Tucson, Ariz.), both of California Aquatics. Decorated Olympian Matt Biondi and Navy SEAL Eric Greiten will serve as guest speakers during the camp.
Veteran Olympic coach Dick Shoulberg of Germantown Academy Aquatic Club will be present as a camp observer.
2014 USA Swimming National Junior Team Camp Staff
Head Women’s Coach: Jason Turcotte
Assistant Women’s Coach: Brian Pajer
Assistant Women’s Coach: Janet Harty
Assistant Women’s Coach: Bill Christensen
Head Men’s Coach: Sergio Lopez
Assistant Men’s Coach: Tony Batis
Assistant Men’s Coach: Chuck Batchelor
Assistant Men’s Coach: Shawn Smith
Manager: Eric Fucito
Manager: Maureen Tolliver
Team Doctor: Dr. Tiffany Bohon
National Team Athlete: Caitlin Leverenz
National Team Athlete: Anthony Ervin
Guest Speaker: Eric Greiten
Guest Speaker: Matt Biondi
Camp Observer: Dick Shoulberg
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