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 2015 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

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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During her four years with the Bears she led the transition to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), where the team finished sixth in 2013 in their first year. 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.

Throughout her tenure at Northern Colorado, McClanahan has had 29 all-academic all-conference selections, 30 school records set, 212 top 10 performances and 61 top 10 athletes in school history. She has also coached two to NCAA ‘B’ Standard qualifying times and one honorable mention All-American.

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 have been 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. Prior to that, she spent time with the Knox Central Swim Team and the Colonial Shores Ridge Raiders.

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.

Camp Details

Come join Head Swim Coach Kelly McClanahan and her staff this summer for a great week of swim instruction. This year, Northern Colorado is offering two weeks 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 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 7th at Harrison 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 14th at Harrison 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 11th (Session I) or Thursday, June 18th (Session II) at 12:00 PM.

— Friday —
For campers attending the starts and turns clinic, departure will be on Friday, June 12th (Session I) or Friday, June 19th (Session II) at 12:00 PM.

Overnight Campers

Campers stay 2-per room in Harrison 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: Harrison Hall
Bathrooms: shared
Linens: Not Provided
Air Conditioning: No ♦ No A/C in dorm; please bring a fan
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, 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.


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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 5/5.
Happy Parent

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

Camp Dates & Prices

This camp is no longer available this season.
Please call us at 1-800-645-3226 if you would like help finding another camp, or join our email list to be notified of 2016 programs.

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