Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont
Located in Burlington, Vermont, UVM's setting in a valley on the shores of Lake Champlain, between the Adirondack and the Green mountain ranges, provides an inspiring location for camp.
The Nike Swim Camp at the University of Vermont is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique so they can compete at the next level. Campers train daily at the Forbush Natatorium, located in the Patrick Gymnasium/Gutterson Fieldhouse Athletic Complex, the home pool of the Vermont women's swimming and diving program.
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.
- 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
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.Meet your coaching staff
Gerry Cournoyer enters his 13th year at the helm of the swimming and diving program at the University of Vermont in 2012-13.Read Full Bio
Cournoyer took over the swimming program in 2000 and inherited a team that had only three combined wins in the five years prior to his arrival. The Catamounts went 0-12 in his first year, but their record has climbed steadily, increasing each year along the way.
Vermont is coming off an 8-4 record last season and a fourth place finish at the America East Championships. It marked the fifth straight season that the Catamounts finished fourth or higher at the league championship. Also during the year sophomore Claudia Etherington posted one of the top 10 fastest times in the 200 backstroke in the nation.
During the 2010-11 season, the Cats went 9-6, posting their sixth straight season of nine wins or more. The Catamounts also ended last season receiving votes in the final CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Dual Meet Poll.
The Cats went 10-6 in 2009-10, as senior Molly MacMillan earned her third straight America East Championship in the 1,650 freestyle, while classmate Colleen Clark won the America East Coaches Award, which goes to the senior student-athlete each year who tallied the most points at the conference championship during their four years. MacMillan was second in the standings, only eight points behind her classmate.
During the 2008-09 season Vermont went 9-4-1, as the Catamounts had their best finish in school history at the America East Championship, with three individual champions and one relay championship, as well as breaking nearly every school record.
During his time at Vermont, Cournoyer has also coached a handful of athletes who have made their mark on the school’s record books. The Cats have broke all 21 varsity marks and reestablished three conference records at the league championship in the last five years.
A 1990 graduate of Norwich University, Cournoyer has made quite a name for himself in collegiate swimming as one of the bright young coaches in the East. Cournoyer came to UVM in the 2000 after serving as head coach of swimming and diving at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. for four years. His combined record at Lycoming was 71-42.
In his first year at Lycoming, Cournoyer was named MAC Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year after directing the Warriors to a school-record 13 wins in 14 dual meets as well as the program's first-ever conference title.
Prior to his stint at Lycoming, Cournoyer was head coach of men's and women's swimming and diving at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts for two years. He led the Bridgewater men's team to an 11-0 record in his final season and an 11th-place finish in the 26-team New England Championships. His combined record at Bridgewater State was 33-14.
Cournoyer's final season at Bridgewater was highlighted by the women's team finishing 9-5 to post its first winning record in eight years. Prior to coming to Vermont, Cournoyer had posted a combined record of 104-56 in his five seasons as a head coach.
A native of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Cournoyer was a letter winner in swimming at Norwich. He was selected to the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame class of 2006 and earned his Masters in Education from UVM in 2009.
Campers stay 2 per room in Coolidge 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. It will be a great opportunity to meet someone new!
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
- 8:50 am 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
- 4:00 pm Day Campers depart
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 - Starts, Turns, Relay Races
- 9:00 pm Supervised free time in dorm
- 10:00 pm Lights out!