Nike Swim Camp at the College of New Jersey

Nike Swim Camp at the College of New Jersey
Nike Swim Camp at the College of New Jersey

TCNJ's Head Swim Coach, Brian Bishop, has designed a fantastic curriculum that will provide competitive swimmers with an exciting week at the Nike Swim Camp at The College of New Jersey. Campers will be challenged to improve their stroke technique through mental, technical, and physical training.

TCNJ’s Georgian Colonial campus occupies 289 landscaped acres in suburban Ewing, New Jersey. The College is approximately 5 miles from Trenton, the state capital, 10 miles from Princeton, and one hour from both Philadelphia and New York.

The Nike Swim Camp New Jersey is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 meters in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
  • Fun evening social activities
  • Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
  • Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Brian Bishop
Camp Director

Brian Bishop

Directing camp this summer is Brian Bishop, Men’s Head Swim Coach at the College of New Jersey.  

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Brian is an associate director of athletics at TCNJ and also the men's swimming and diving coach.

Bishop enters the 2016-17 season after enjoying an incredible journey the last two years. The Lions placed 7th at the 2016 and 2015 NCAA Championships while earning gold medals in two events.  The 800 Free Relay claimed the national title while the 400 Free Relay defended their national title from 2014.  In addition 8 Lion men earned All-American honors. 

In 2014, the Lions placed sixth at the Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships, matching their best finish in program history. A pair of relay teams (200- and 400-freestyle relay events) won national titles and 12 different Lions claimed 25 All-American citations overall.

As a result, Bishop was named 2014 NCAA Division III National Swimming Coach of the Year.

Bishop has successfully guided swimmers to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 28 seasons producing two NCAA individual National Champions, (Matt Stoll in 1994 and Steve Swenson in 2006) and four National Championship titles in relay events.   (2014 – 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 2015 – 400 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay) A total of 69 different student-athletes have earned 239 All-America awards during Bishop's tenure. TCNJ’s men’s swimmers have placed in the top-20, 21 times at the NCAA’s, including 16 times in the top 15. In 2014, the Lions matched the 2010 squad in earning its highest finish at the NCAA’s by finishing in sixth place.

The Lions have had equal success in the classroom as well, earning nine CSCAA All-Academic Team Honors, 19 individual CSCAA All-Academic Honors and one CoSIDA Academic All-American (Andrew Girman in 2000).

The Lions have also had tremendous success in dual meets posting a 222-50 record, including three undefeated seasons (1993-1994, 1994-1995, and 1996-1997).

Bishop has produced one Olympic Swimmer (Davy Bisslik in 2004), who competed in the 100 fly in Athens, Greece. In addition, Bishop served as the coach for Aruba in a 2004 World Cup meet in Stockholm, Sweden and has served as an advisor to the Aruba Olympic Committee. Bishop also served as the president of the METRO Swimming Conference for six years.

Coach Bishop has been honored with a number of coaching and service awards highlighted by being named the 2014 NCAA Coach of the year.  Awards have also included the 1994 and 2010 Roy Van Ness Award. This award is given annually to a TCNJ Coach for outstanding success and leadership as voted by TCNJ’s Athletic Department. He was also named the NJAC Coach of the Year in 1990, 1994, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as the METRO Coach of the year in 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.. In 1989 he received a service award from AAHPERD, and in 2001 he received a service award from the NJSIAA.

Bishop’s Year-by-Year Record:

  • 1989–90 4-5 .444
  • 1990–91 9-3 .750 4th at METs
  • 1991–92 10-3 .769 4th at METs
  • 1992–93 10-1 .909 26th at NCAAs, 3rd at METs
  • 1993–94 10-0 1.000 11th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 1994–95 9-0 1.000 22nd at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 1995–96 7-2 .778 16th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 1996–97 10-0 1.000 16th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 1997–98 10-1 .909 11th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 1998–99 10-1 .909 17th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 1999–2000 9-1 .900 15th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2000–01 10-1 .909 15th at NCAAs,MET Champions
  • 2001–02 7-2 .778 18th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2002–03 9-4 .692 8th at NCAAs, MET Runners-up
  • 2003-04 7-3 .700 14th at NCAAs, MET Runners-up
  • 2004-05 7-3 .700 14th at NCAAs, MET Runners-Up
  • 2005-06 7-2 .778 12th at NCAAs, MET Runners-Up
  • 2006-07 6-3 .667 16th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2007-08 7-3 .700 7th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2008-09 10-1 .909 10th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2009-10 9-1 .900 6th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2010-11 8-2 .800 12th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2011-12 9-1 .900 12th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2012-13 8-1 .888 14th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2013-14 6-2 .750 6th at NCAAs, MET Champions
  • 2014-15 7-2 .778 7th at NCAA’s MET Champions
  • 2015-16 7-2 .778 7th at NCAA’s MET Runners-Up

Totals:  222-50, .816, 18 METRO Titles

Camp Details

This summer, TCNJ is offering one week of overnight and day camp (9:00am-5:00pm) for ages 10-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Air Conditioned Dorm Rooms with Private Bathrooms

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Lunch
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: MON-THURS 9:00AM-5:00PM

More Important Camp Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to camp. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

Check-in

  • Check-in takes place at 9:00am on Monday, June 26th at New Res Hall.  There will be a camp orientation meeting at and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.

Check-out

  • There will be a swim meet at 2:30pm on Thursday, June 29th followed by a closing ceremony between 4:30-5:00pm at Packer Pool. Parents are invited to attend both the swim meet and the closing ceremony. Camp concludes immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight Campers check-out of Decker Hall and Day Campers are picked up at Packer Pool. 

Housing & Roommates

Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new! Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

  • Dorm: New Res Hall
  • Bathrooms: Private Bathrooms
  • Linens: Not provided
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes | Air Conditioned Dorm Rooms 
  • Suggested spending money: $40
  • Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

♦ Please note: Triples are not available.

Supervision: Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $25 discount. Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.

Facilities

The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey Aquatic Center measures 126 feet by 67 feet and the pool is divided by a moveable bulkhead that separates the diving well from the main pool. The diving well measures 67 feet by 48 feet and has 2 one-meter and 2 three-meter diving boards as well as 2 lap lanes. The main pool has 8 lap lanes that are 25 yards long.

 

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
  • 8:30 am Day Campers arrive, stretch
  • 9:00 am Opening Comments and Discussion
  • 9:15 am Pool Session 1
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Rest/Supervised Free Time
  • 1:30 pm Pool Session 2
  • 4:00 pm Day Campers depart
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 - Starts, Turns, Relay Races
  • 9:30 pm Supervised free time in dorm
  • 10:00 pm Lights out!

Camper Reviews

A.L.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
Excellent camp!

This is an excellent swim camp!! My daughter had a 3-day Invitational swim meet the weekend following her return from camp. She dropped time in all of her events and even got her first gold (Junior Olympic) time of long course season this year in her new age group (11/12) in 50 fly!!! She has Silver/Bronze coming up and is anxious to get more gold times! She only called me once during her time away, and it was to say things were going great and she wants to return next year!

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Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
3rd time campers!

This is our kids 3rd year going to NIKE swim camp. They looked great at the meet today. I see a nice improvement on their walls. They loved meeting new friends. Coach Bishop runs a wonderful program that is a combination of learning and fun. I feel confident leaving my children in his care.

A.D.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
See you next summer!

My daughter loved her first overnight camp. Her counselors were outstanding and she felt they were very qualified in instructing her. She absolutely loved meditation and relaxation day.  My daughter had such a great experience. When asked about going again next year, she said "definitely!" We look forward to seeing you again next summer...thank you for a wonderful week!

D.K.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
Loved ever minute!

My daughter loved every minute of camp. She made some good friends, had fun, and worked hard all at the same time. She shaved seconds off every stroke and had her best times recorded while there. She also won the "Most Improved" award and I thought that was very special.  We wish more weeks were offered, our daughter would love to attend more days! 

S.L.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
Memories will last a lifetime!

My daughter enjoyed every second of camp! She worked hard on her techniques and clearly improved in just 4 days. She had a PR in two events at the last day swim meet. The coaches and staff were well organized, good role models, and very encouraging. The memories our daughter made this week, hanging out with her new friends, will last a lifetime! Thank you!

J.J.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Starts & turns coaching made a huge difference to our daughter's swim. She's much more confident and feels that she learnt so much in 4 days! Coach Angelo was also mentioned by our daughter as being fun and really kind. This was her first sleepaway camp so after a few tiring days she started to feel homesick. She said he was very kind to her and  she managed to keep swimming. Thank you!

W.C.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
Great coaches!

I loved that it was technique focused. My kids found the instruction easier to follow than other previous swim clinic/camp experiences. Our son thought Coach Adam was excellent. My son, also dropped  time in 3 of his 4 events at the last day meet. The kids liked the independence and liked the free time activities such as dodgeball.

H.S.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 5/5.
Noticeable improvement!

Excellent experience for my swimmer. He learned a lot and the results are evident in his times. Dropped a lot in all his events the weekend after camp!

M.W.Parent of TCNJ Campers '17

  • 4/5.
Fun camp!

Our daughter had a great experience and greatly improved her swim techniques. She also enjoyed the free activities and being on a college campus.

TCNJ Campers '16

  • 5/5.
You will have fun!

The Nike Swim Camp at the College of New Jersey was a great way to learn more about the different strokes and meet new friends. The fact is whether you do overnight or just during the day, you will have fun! I did overnight and it was great because I got to share a room with a girl my own age.  It was fun to make a friend that cares about swimming just as much as I do! I had a great time bonding with my counselors and fellow swimmers. I would definetly consider going back next year.

Parent of TCNJ Campers '16

  • 5/5.
I will do it again for sure!

This camp is extremely educational and a perfect confidence buster for my little swimmer. I will do it again for sure. Thank you for such a great camp Nike!

Parent of TCNJ Campers '16

  • 5/5.
Money more than well spent!!!

My son texted me half way thru the camp how he was so happy he made the decision to attend. The camp not only made him love the sport even more but made him appreciate all it takes to compete and motivated him to be the best he can be." Best news a parent can hear. Money more than well spent!!!

Parent of TCNJ Campers '15

  • 5/5.
The best!

My kids had been to other swim camps, and they came home and said this was BY FAR the best!! I watched the interaction between the staff and my boys, and was so impressed by how well the coaches knew my kids. It was a wonderful experience for them!

Parent of TCNJ Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Amazing experience!

This experience was about so much more than swimming for my family. My 16 year old, who is quite hesitant about going away to college, had such an amazing experience. She gained so much confidence both in and out of the pool, she is seriously considering applying to TCNJ and living on campus. The lowered swim times are just an extra benefit.

TCNJ Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Great time!

I had an awesome week at Nike swim camp! I felt like part of a team right from the start! We worked and played hard and had a great time.

Parent of TCNJ Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Improve your stroke technique!

My daughter was able to drop a few seconds and get her gold time to qualify for Jr Olympics. She also mentioned that she felt faster after the camp and that her streamlining had improved.

Parent of TCNJ Overnight Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Definitely recommend.

I would definitely recommend this camp to other swimmers. My daughter Jenna really enjoyed it, and felt that she learned a lot as well. The swim instructors did a great job teaching and reinforcing stroke technique.

Parent of TCNJ Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Thanks!

Came home from camp, straight to division champs, 4 out of 5 best times right off the bat!

TCNJ Overnight Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Keep up the good work!

It just not any camp. It's a camp where excellent and top swimming drills are being taught. Keep up the good work!

Parent of TCNJ Camper '13

  • 5/5.
She had a blast!

This was an incredible experience for my daughter. She was so excited to fill me in on the day’s activities and even more excited to tell us what she was learning. I’ve never heard this type of excitement from my daughter about any camp or activity she has done in the past as we did with this camp. She now has a new spark for swimming and she can’t wait for her fall season to start. She had a blast.

Parent of TCNJ Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Had a great time.

Very well organized, great communication, safety first priority, positive instruction and highly motivational camp. We'd certainly recommend a Nike camp to everyone. 

Parent of TCNJ Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Nike knows camps!

Nike knows camps! The swim camp we attended was professionally run with the kids as the #1 priority. Counselors are top notch, and we never had to worry our child was not being looked after. Bravo, from an over protective parent!

TCNJ Camper '12

  • 4/5.
Practice Makes Perfect

The coaching staff was great. I had a really good time and learned new stuff to practice. 

Parent of TCNJ Camper '12

  • 5/5.
Big Thanks!

My son had a great time. He was excited to attend everyday and learned so much!!!! As a new swimmer this experience was outstanding. 

Camp Dates & Prices

For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.