Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College

Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College
Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College

Whitman College Head Swim Coach, Jennifer Blomme, and US Sports Camps team up to offer an outstanding Nike Swim Camp this summer!

Campers train each day at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center in the Louise and Paul Harvey Pool. The Center is a 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that opened in the fall of 2006. Located north of Cordiner Hall at the corner of Park and Main streets, the facility features a sparkling 30-meter swimming pool with eight competitive lanes and three practice lanes. 

The Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique so they can compete at the next level. 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. 

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Underwater videotaping and on-deck review with coaches
  • Small group and individual stroke analysis and discussion
  • 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

Dates & Prices

Camp Details

Discounts Available

Team Discount: If five or more campers register together, as a group by mail or fax, each camper will receive a $25 discount. Click “Get Brochure” above and print the application. All applications must be received at the same time via mail or fax. If all members of your group pay with a Visa or MasterCard, feel free to fax your applications to 415-479-6061 to expedite processing. Late or individual registrations are not eligible to receive the group discount.

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.
Sunday: Check-in for all campers takes place at 5:00pm on Sunday, August 10th. There will be a camp orientation meeting, dinner and an evening pool session. Day Campers depart Sunday evening at 9:00pm. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time. 
Monday & Tuesday: Extended day campers (9:00am-8:30pm) receive lunch and dinner. Day Campers (9:00am-4:00pm) receive lunch only. 
Wednesday: There will be a closing ceremony at the pool on Wednesday, August 13th at 11:00am. All campers check out immediately following the closing ceremony at 11:30am. Overnight Campers check-out from Douglas Hall. Extended Day & Day campers check-out from the pool.

Housing & Roommates
2 campers per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, 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: Jewett Hall
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not provided
Air Conditioning:  No
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

Dorm Does Not Have AC -  Please bring a portable fan

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.

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Camp Setting

Whitman College is located in historic Walla Walla in the scenic southeastern corner of Washington, two-and-a-half hours from Spokane, four hours from Portland, and 4.5 hours from Seattle.

The Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College 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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
  • 8:50 am Extended Day & Day Campers arrive, stretch
  • 9:00 am Opening Comments and Discussion
  • 9:15 am Pool Session 1
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:00 pm Dry Land Exercises
  • 1:30 pm Pool Session 2
  • 4:00pm Day Campers depart
  • 5:00 pm Dinner (Overnight and Extended Day campers)
  • 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 or Evening Activities
  • 8:30 pm Extended Day Campers depart
  • 9:00 pm Supervised free time in dorm
  • 10:00 pm Lights out!

Meet Camp Coaches

Jennifer Blomme
Camp Director

Jennifer Blomme

Jennifer Blomme, the 2011 NWC Women's Swim Coach of the Year, has spent the last decade transforming Whitman College into one of the top swim programs in the Northwest Conference. Blomme, who coaches both the men's and women's swim teams at Whitman, was named NWC Coach of the Year four times in her first 10 years at the college.

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Her most recent coaching award (for women's swimming) came at the close of the 2011 NWC Championships, when her women's team broke schools records in all five relays and Whitman sophomore Katie Chapman won all three of her individual races and was named the Women's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet.

Her men's team, which finished a strong third at the 2011 NWC Championships, also made notable headlines outside of the pool, earning Team Scholar All-America honors while posting the highest combined grade point average in all of NCAA Division III.

Blomme was named NWC Coach of the Year for men's swimming after the 2010 championships, which capped the best season in the history of the men's program at Whitman.

Earlier in the decade, Blomme collected her first two NWC coaching awards (both for women's swimming) following the 2005 and 2006 seasons.

In addition to her coaching duties, Blomme manages Whitman's Louise and Paul Harvey Pool, which is home for the varsity swim teams and also serves the recreational needs of the campus community.

The 30-meter pool, which opened in the fall of 2006 as part of the new $10-million Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, features eight competitive lanes, three warm-up and cool-down lanes, and an elevated viewing area for meet spectators.

Blomme was a varsity swimmer, specializing in the breaststroke, at Grinnell (Iowa) College, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1996, majoring in Spanish. Grinnell, which has a traditionally strong NCAA Div. III swim program, captured its conference title in two of her four seasons there.

After Grinnell, Blomme was an assistant swim coach at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Penn.) for one season and the head coach at Pennsylvania's Bryn Mawr College for one season. Before coming to Whitman, she served as a volunteer women's coach at Indiana University for two two years while she completed her master's degree.

Camper Reviews

Parent of Whitman College Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved every aspect of camp!

My son loved every aspect of this camp. On one of the "outings" between pool sessions, he bought a little notebook and took notes on all the techniques he learned. He also enjoyed the dry land sessions and looks forward to incorporating some of the exercises into his training.

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Whitman College Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Super fun time!

This camp was great! I had a super fun time and met some really cool friends in my dorm! I would definantely recommend this swim camp for all swimmers wanting to improve their strokes and technique while having fun at the same time!

Whitman College Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Definitely be back.

Camp was really fun and well organized, and there was a lot of technique instruction. I found the personalized swim video to be very helpful! I'll be back next summer!

Grandparent of Whitman College Camper

  • 5/5.
Great experience!

Great experience to learn and have solid happy memories forever of new friends made and enjoyed. My grandaughter would return in a heartbeat. 

Parent of Whitman College Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Loved it!

My daughter LOVED this camp and can't wait to go back next year, even if none of her friends go. She learned a lot about technique and had a great time.

Kellen G. Whitman College Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Learned so much!

I really liked the Whitman Swim Camp. Jen and the coaching staff were amazing and I learned so much! 

Landry H.Whitman College Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Perfect your stroke technique.

Nike swim camp is a great way to perfect your strokes and meet other swimmers from around the world. Highly recommend for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Loved being video taped and seeing my strokes underwater.

Whitman College Camper

  • 4/5.
Plan to return next year.

The camp was a lot of fun! I also learned a lot by the way they broke down the strokes and from the video taping. I plan to return next year.

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