Featured Camp: Michigan Swim Camp

The Michigan Swim Camp is designed to provide each competitive swimmer with the opportunity to pursue excellence both in and out of the pool. It is open to any and all participants limited only by age and specified number of campers. During registration, campers will select from one of two tracts – the intensive versus technique development tracts – depending upon their needs.

Four summer sessions are open to any and all entrants (up to 195 campers per session) in Canham Natatorium at the University of Michigan. A staff of 50 and three instructional sessions per day ensure the individual attention necessary for significant improvement.

Coaches Mike Bottom, Dr. Josh White, Rick Bishop, Same Wensman, Kristy Brager, Kurt Kirner and Roger Karns are directly involved in coaching and teaching campers. All campers will be HD filmed and will receive a written stroke analysis. Optional custom 4-view underwater video is available for a additional fee. World-class staff provide leadership and mentoring that encourage each swimmer to strive for excellence in and out of the pool.

Michigan Swim Camp

Michigan Swim Camps

Technique Track Camp Information

The Technique Track is designed for individual and group instruction in fundamental and advanced stroke skills, and start and turn techniques. A daily optional training workout is available. The use of a front mount snorkel is strongly recommended. The Technique Tract is a skill acquisition curriculum, which begins with basic body balance and progresses to swimming with maximum efficiency (i.e. fewest number of strokes per length). This is the foundation of all fast swimming.

Starts, turns, Gambetta dryland training, pacing, nutrition, team building, True Colors, Mindset and mental training are part of this comprehensive curriculum. Swimmers are filmed daily and their HD video is viewed and critiqued in written form every day. Yardage in this workout varies from 3,000-4,000 yards depending upon the ability level of the swimmer. This tract is designed for: the younger swimmer (12 and under) who has a need to form excellent skill foundations; the older swimmer who is relatively new to the sport and needs to gain a higher efficiency level (yes, we have a lot of high school swimmers in this tract); and the skilled swimmer who needs a week of fine tuning without the added stress of an intense training.

The Intensive Track Camp Information

The Intensive Track challenges swimmers to embrace the importance of team, look at technique in new ways and learn how to work smarter as well as harder in practices. Athletes will leave this camp with a new understanding of the sport and a desire to make themselves and those around them better. This track is designed for swimmers 12 and over who have high aspirations in competitive swimming.

Swimmers will be broken up into training groups depending upon the workout focus and ability level and includes 2 in water training workouts and 1 dry-land workout per day. The morning and afternoon sessions are in-water training sessions. Threshold, VO2max, lactate tolerance, and maximal speed training are part of the in water training program. The evening session will be out of water with an emphasis on core strength, body awareness and overall fitness.

  • Above water and underwater technique video review sessions each day will provide the backbone for each workout. In addition, swimmers are individually videoed and each swimmer receives a written stroke critique upon completion of the camp.
  • This tract requires that swimmers arrive in shape and training at full capacity (e.g. ~ 40,000 yds/week) as daily volume averages around 8,000 – 10,000 yards.
  • A competent level of skill in all four strokes is required. It is important not to “push” younger athletes into this track in order for us to provide the best group cohesion, training volumes, and injury prevention.

Dates & Registration

  • June 10-14
  • June 17-21
  • July 29 – August 2
  • August 5-9

Cost:

  • $850/week includes instruction, swim cap, T-shirt, color photo, instructional printed materials, “goody bag”, and room and board
  • $690/week day camper fee includes all of the above (less room and board) and between-session supervision.

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Contact Information

Camp Director: Jim Richardson

Phone: (734) 845-8596

Twitter: @umichswimdive

E-mail: umswim1@gmail.com

Web:  www.michiganswimcamp.com or
www.camps.mgoblue.com

Mailing Address:
8160 Valley View Drive
Ypsilanti, MI  48197

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Author: Kristy Kinzer

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Kristy Kinzer is a 2014 graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and served two years as an assistant coach and aquatics director for the Calvin Knights. She made the All-American academic honors list in 2013 and was a captain of the women's team her senior year. She is pursuing a master's degree at Western Michigan with an exercise physiology concentration. She aspires to start a varsity women's triathlon team upon finishing her degree.

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