Nike Swim Camp at the University of Northern Colorado

Nike Swim Camp at the University of Northern Colorado
Nike Swim Camp at the University of Northern Colorado

The Nike Swim Camp at the University of Northern Colorado, is designed for competitive swimmers to improve their stroke technique by providing campers with a positive learning environment and constructive feedback during each swim session. The campus, located in beautiful Greeley, is 60 miles north of Denver and only 20 minutes from Fort Collins and Loveland.

Campers will train each day in the Butler-Hancock Swimming Pool which is home to the Aqua Bears swimming and diving team. 

Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic: 

Again in 2016 you also have the option to add the Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic to make your camp experience a 5 night, 6 day camp! Price: $150

Highlights Include

  • Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
  • Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Personalized above-water stroke/turns analysis DVD available for $15
  • Discussion topics: preparing for college, sports nutrition, injury prevention and personal goal setting
  • 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

Kelly McClanahan
Camp Director

Kelly McClanahan

Directing the camp is Kelly McClanahan, the Head Swim Coach at UNC. Coach McClanahan joined the Bears from the University of Wyoming, where she was the assistant coach since 2005.

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Kelly McClanahan enters her seventh season as the head coach of the University of Northern Colorado swimming & diving team.

During her first season with the Bears, the Aqua Bears set three school records and finished 8th out of nine schools in their final year in the C-USA (09-10).

In the 2010-11 season, the first of two seasons the Bears competed in the MPSF, the team finished 6th of nine schools, setting eight school records. Two Bears were named All-MPSF 1st Team, and two were named All-MPSF 2nd Team, while six athletes on the 10-11 squad were named MPSF All-Academic.

The Aqua Bears finished 9/10 in the 2011-12 season, with two school records broken, one athlete named to All-MPSF 1st Team, and three named to All-MPSF 2nd Team. The squad also doubled their All-Academic presence with 12 girls honored.

In their first season as Western Athletic Conference (WAC) members, the team finished sixth overall with one athlete named All-WAC 1st team and six named 2nd team. During the championship, the Aqua Bears broke eight school records and throughout the 2012-13 season posted 37 other top 10 marks in school history.

Out of the pool, with ten WAC All-Academic honorees, McClanahan’s Bears also posted the ninth-best grade point average in Division I, combining for a 3.46 grade point average after the fall, 2012 semester, and fifteenth-best with a 3.45 in the spring, 2013 semester.

The Aqua Bears were also presented the 2013 team trophy for raising the most money for the annual Northern Colorado Women’s Walk – a fundraiser for women’s athletic scholarships.

In the following season (13-14), McClanahan led her team to a seventh place WAC finish with five school records broken and nine athletes named All-WAC 2nd team members.

The Aqua Bears continued their academic excellence in the 2013-14 season with 15 named WAC All-Academic, as well as finishing with the 11th highest GPA in Division I in the fall of 2013 (3.44) and moving up to 8th highest in the spring of 2014 with a 3.57 team GPA.

Last season, UNC had their best WAC showing since joining the conference, finishing third out of eight teams. Seven school records were broken throughout the season, and five girls were named All-WAC 1st team, with an additional 11 named All-WAC 2nd team.

Continuing their academic presence even further in McClanahan’s tenure, 13 total athletes were named WAC All-Academic, finishing second overall in Division I with a GPA of 3.58 in the fall of 2014, and fifth in the spring of 2015 with a GPA of 3.59.

Throughout her time at Northern Colorado, McClanahan has had 327 top-10 performances, coaching two to NCAA 'B' Standard qualifying times and one honorable mention All-Americans. She has also had nine NCAA Zone 'E' Diving appearances since taking over the Aqua Bear helm.

McClanahan joined the Bears from the University of Wyoming, where she was an assistant coach from 2005-09. During her four seasons with the Cowboys & Cowgirls, she helped guide the team to 12 school records, 57 all-time top 10 swims, four NCAA ‘B’ Standard qualifying times, one World Trial qualifying time and four US Open/Summer National qualifiers - and that's just the sprint teams.

McClanahan also managed the sprint training for freestyle and long-axis strokes for both the men's and women's teams. In her four seasons, 61 swimmers & divers earned Mountain West All-Conference honors and 27 were named MWC scholar-athletes in the first two years.

Prior to Wyoming, McClanahan was at the College of Charleston where she spent two years as an assistant swimming coach. At Charleston, McClanahan helped guide the Cougar swimmers to 10 school records. Before coaching at Charleston, she spent the 2002-03 season as head coach for the Robindale Woods Swim Team. She also coached the Knox Central Swim Team and the Colonial Shores Ridge Raiders previous to being at Robindale Woods.

The Chattanooga, Tenn., native swam for three years at the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, she received academic honors all three years of her career and was a part of the fourth ranked Academic All-America team.

McClanahan earned a B.S. in Sports Management, with a minor in Business Administration, from the University of Tennessee in 2001. She earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance from Tennessee in 2003.

McClanahan first swam for the Greater Chattanooga Aquatic Club and was a member of the nationally ranked Baylor High School swim team, where she was a three-time All-American. While at Baylor High School, she contributed to four consecutive state championships and to a national qualifying relay team.

Camp Details

Come join Head Swim Coach Kelly McClanahan and her staff this summer for a great week of swim instruction. This summer, Northern Colorado is offering two sessions of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-9:00pm) for ages 9-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals. The camp staff accommodates your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.


• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap


• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities 
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THUR 9AM-NOON 

More Important Camp Details

A detailed camper registration packet containing 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.

Session I

  • Check-in takes place between 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday, June 5th at Lawrenson Hall 
  • Extended Day Camp hours: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THUR 9AM-NOON 

Session II 

  • Check-in takes place between 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday, June 12th at Lawrenson Hall 
  • Extended Day Camp hours: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THUR 9AM-NOON

On the first day of camp there will be a camp orientation meeting at 2:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time. 


We are offering a supplemental “starts and turns” clinic again this summer. For an additional $150, campers are invited to stay an additional day and night to focus on the mechanics of their starts and turns. This is commonly the best way for age group swimmers to improve their times, so be sure to add this clinic to your camp order on step two of the registration process.


— Thursday —
For campers not attending the starts and turns clinic, departure will be on Thursday, June 9th (Session I) or Thursday, June 16th (Session II) at 12:00 PM.

— Friday —
For campers attending the starts and turns clinic, departure will be on Friday, June 10th (Session I) or Friday, June 17th (Session II) at 12:00 PM.

Overnight Campers

Dorm Accommodations & Roommates: Campers stay 4-per room in Lawrenson Hall 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. Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

Dorm: Lawrenson Hall 
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not Provided
Air Conditioning: Yes, dorm has AC - No fan needed
Suggested spending money: $40
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times

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.


• Meals in Holmes Dining
• All meals are included for overnight campers
• Lunch and dinner is included for Extended Day Campers
• Meals start with dinner on the first day and end with breakfast on the last day


— Camp Photo —
A camp photo is available for $5. Campers can bring cash or make checks payable to Kelly McClanahan – the Camp director.
— Video —
A training film will be available for $15 on the last day of camp which will include above-water videotaping and stroke analysis for each camper. Please bring cash or check made out to “Kelly McClanahan” for $15.

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.


Butler-Hancock Pool 

The Butler-Hancock Pool is shared by Athletics, Sports & Exercise Science, and Campus Recreation. It is a 25-yard, six-lane lap swim pool with a diving well. 

This camp 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.

Camper Reviews

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '15

  • 5/5.

Hi Kelly! - I just wanted to share with you that my kiddos, Kaitlyn and Jakob Griffith, are having an absolute BLAST with you and your staff this week! We have heard from them a few times since Sunday and so far, they are smiling, giggly, and happy! I want to thank you and your staff for making this a fantastic week for them! I look forward to hearing all about their week and seeing what new things they have learned with you! For the 2nd year in a row, we are amazed by your camp, thank you!

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Parent of Northern Colorado Campers '15

  • 5/5.
Highly recommend this camp!

The Nike swim camp at UNC is the best camp my son and daughter have attended. The instruction was terrific. Both kids took seconds off their race times after camp and are continuing to improve. Coach Kelly remembered not just them but also their swim habits from last year, too, which shows how skilled and interested in the kids she is. I highly recommend this camp.

Northern Colorado Overnight Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Awesome camp!

Great coaching staff, my daughter is 10 and loved it, learned sooooo much, really showed improvements at her next meets. Overall excellent experience.

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '15

  • 4/5.
Great experience!

My son is a 12 year old competitive swimmer. He loved the Nike swim camp and his first words when I picked him up were, " Can I come back next year?" I appreciate the enthusiasm of the coaches and the overall structure of the camp.

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '15

  • 5/5.
Thank you!

Norther Colorado was an excellent camp! My son came home and all his strokes looked better. He has struggled with his breaststroke for a couple of years and he came back with a much improved breaststroke! Coach Kelly is great-very organized and great with the kids!

Maria D.Northern Colorado Overnight Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Best camp!

Nike Camp was a great experience for me. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about my swimming strokes. I also met a lot of new people. 

Parent of Northern Colorado Overnight Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Fun experience!

My son and daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Nike Swim Camp at Northern Colorado. I was very impressed with the personalities and expertise of the camp staff. They were a great influence on my children and provided a fun, positive learning experience.  Good instruction, good workouts, very well organized, lots of pool time.

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '14

  • 5/5.
Improve your skills!

The staff putting on the camp did a great job. The instruction was excellent and had a very positive impact on my daughter's swimming. They did a nice job of integrating the classroom instruction with pool time and other activities to keep it interesting.

Parent of Northern Colorado Overnight Camper '14

  • 4/5.
Fun & safe environment to learn in!

I like how I felt my child was safe and well cared for. The instructors were engaging and made my child feel comfortable. She learned many new techniques for her strokes that she has been implementing at practice.

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Fine tune your stroke technique!

The Nike Swim Camp provided the fine tuning my son needed. He completed the camp with improved stroke technique and increased excitment for the sport. Thank you!

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '13

  • 4/5.
Great Time

This was the first year my son went to camp at N.Colorado and half way through the week he asked to stay another day for the starts and turns clinic. He really enjoyed the program and showed improvement. We are looking forward to see how he does this year!

Parent of Northern Colorado Camper '13

  • 5/5.
Happy Parent

Fantastic coaches! Program was run smoothly and enthusiastically. Level of supervision was excellent. Overall a fantastic camp!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended 9:00AM-9:00PM $485.00
Availability: Almost Sold Out

Overnight $585.00
Availability: Almost Sold Out

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
Programs: Complete Stroke Technique
Age Group: 9 - 18
Gender: Co-Ed
Extended 9:00AM-9:00PM $485.00
Availability: Almost Sold Out

Overnight $585.00
Availability: Almost Sold Out

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camp.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.