Nike Swim Camp at the University of North Texas Denton, Texas
Come join Head Swim Coach, Joe Dykstra at the Nike Swim Camp at the University of North Texas. The camp curriculum is designed for competitive swimmers to improve their stroke technique through individual stroke analysis/instruction during multiple pool sessions each day. Every camper will also receive a custom stroke technique DVD.
Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the University of North Texas and it's first class facilities provide the perfect location to train and improve your technique. Each camper is instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- Every camper receives a custom stroke technique DVD
- Fun evening social activities
- Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
The Pohl Recreation Center offers an eight-lane pool that serves as the home facility for the Mean Green Swimming and Diving program. The team also uses the adjacent PEB Natatorium, which has the diving well that features two 1-meter and one 3-meter springboards for the North Texas Diving Team, and another six-lane 25-yard pool that is used for training by the swimmers.
The Nike Swim Camp at the University of North Texas 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.Meet your coaching staff
Directing the first session of camp is former University of North Texas Head Swim Coach, Joe Dykstra. Recently hired as the new Head Swim Coach at the University of Utah, in his six seasons at UNT, Coach Dykstra quickly turned the Mean Green swimming and diving team into a major contender in the Sun Belt Conference. In 2011-12, Dykstra led the Mean Green to its fourth consecutive third-place finish in the Sun Belt, matching its best finish in the meet. North Texas finished with its highest end of the year ranking of 9th in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll and leaped up to 7th during the season, a new program best.Read Full Bio
In 2010-11, Dykstra led the Mean Green to its third straight third-place finish in the Sun Belt, matching its best finish in the meet. North Texas finished the year ranked 20th in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major poll.
During 2009-2010 North Texas won nine meets and placed third at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. North Texas earned a final ranking of No. 16 in the CollegeSwimming.com mid-major poll.
In addition, Dykstra helped a school-record 13 swimmers achieve All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2009-10. North Texas also won three weekly honors from the Sun Belt Conference. The Mean Green put an assault on the school record book, breaking 11 records throughout the season.
In 2008-09, Dykstra led North Texas to its highest conference finish in program history and a final ranking of No. 14 in the mid-major poll. Dykstra was awarded the 2008 Sun Belt Conference Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year and the Greater Denton Sports Commission North Texas Coach of the Year following the 2007-08 season.
Prior to North Texas, the former Husky standout and team captain spent six years as an assistant at the University of Washington, the last two as associate head coach. Dykstra coached the team’s breaststrokers and distance swimmers, and served as the team’s recruiting coordinator. He coached five Washington school record holders, five NCAA qualifiers, two All-Americans, one academic All-American, one Pac-10 champion and conference record holder and more than a dozen U.S. National Championship competitors.
A four-year letterwinner at Washington from 1994-98, Dykstra left the program ranked among the Huskies all-time top 10 swimmers in five events. He swam career-best times of 1:50.08 in the 200 IM and 1:50.11 in the 200 butterfly at the 1997 Pac-10 Championships and 3:56.22 in the 400 IM at the 1998 Pac-10 Championships. Dykstra was recognized numerous times by the Huskies for his team leadership and athletic accomplishments, including Most Valuable Rookie (1994-95), Most Improved (1995-96), Most Inspirational (1995-96 & 1996-97) and Total-Student Athlete (1997-98). Dykstra was also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic second team as a senior.
Throughout his coaching career, Coach Dykstra has also run numerous camps and clinics across the country, including 6 years as the Associate Director of the Nike Swim Camp at the University of Washington
Directing the second session of camp is the new Head Swim Coach at the University of North Texas, Brendon Bray. Brendon was the Associate Head Coach at San Diego State University where he recently finished his sixth season with the Aztec women's swimming and diving team.Read Full Bio
For the past five summers Bray has directed the Nike Boys and Girls Swim Camp held at the Aztec Aquaplex. In the summer of 2010 Bray added a second Nike Camp at the University of Oklahoma in Norman as well as a third Nike Camp at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Bray came to San Diego State from the University of Washington, where he was the men's and women's swimming assistant coach for three years. During his time at UW, Bray helped coach multiple NCAA qualifiers and NCAA championship scorers.
Bray also had a stellar collegiate career, competing on the swim team at the University of Utah for one year and the University of Washington for three years before beginning his stint as an assistant coach with the Huskies. He was a senior national qualifier and ranked in the top 10 on the UW all-time list in the 200 backstroke at the conclusion of his senior season.
A native of Reno, Nev., Bray was a four-year letterwinner and an All-American at Reno High School.
Complete Stroke Technique Camp (Ages 8-17) - Joe Dykstra Session
- During the 4 night 5 day complete stroke technique camps swimmmers will receive detailed instruction on technique in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts, turns, and relay exchanges. Each camper will be instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers will also each receive individual video analysis of their technique. Campers should be able to swim 100 yards without stopping and at least 25 yards of freestyle and breaststroke.
Advanced Stroke Technique Camp (Ages 10-18) - Brendon Bray Session
- This concentrated 3 night 4 day advanced stroke technique camp is taught at a faster pace and includes a higher intensity training that is perfect for club swimmers, high school swimmers, and those that are interested in swimming in college. There are lectures and discussions on sports nutrition, sports psychology, and other topics. Campers receive advanced technical instruction in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts, turns, and relay exchanges. Each camper is instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers also receive individual video analysis of their technique. Campers should be able to swim 300 yards without stopping and at least 50 yards of each stroke.
Check-in & Check-out Details
Campers stay 2-per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests.
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.