California Swim Camp Berkeley, California
USSC welcomes the addition of the California Swim Camp at UC Berkeley. Directed by Head UC Berkeley Coach and Olympic Coach, Teri McKeever and Associate Head Coach, Kristen Cunnane, we offer two weeks of outstanding stroke technique camps on the beautiful campus of the University of California, Berkeley.
Please join Olympians and NCAA All-Americans for a camp that will help you reach the next level in your swimming career. Whether it is hearing from the Head Olympic Coach, Teri McKeever, listening to inspirational talks or watching some of the sport’s finest demonstrate drills, this camp will help you become a more effective and passionate swimmer.
Our camp will also spend time discovering what it is like to compete at a Division One school while balancing academics. Our workouts are separated by level of swimmer who are interested in improving their skills. Participants are expected to have basic swim knowledge. These camps DO NOT teach participants how to swim. Enrollment will be limited to ensure that individuals will receive special attention and maximize their participation. Campers will receive all meals from first day's dinner through last day's breakfast.
- For competitive swimmers ages 8-16
- Camp emphasis on technique and drill instruction covering all four strokes, starts and turns.
- 10:1 camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Three daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session (except first and last day)
- Every camper receives a camp t-shirt and swim cap
Spieker Aquatics Complex
Campers receive instruction on all four strokes along with starts and turns at UC Berkeley's Spieker Aquatics Complex, one of the finest outdoor facilities in the United States. Upon your arrival, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers that have similiar abilities and goals. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
Meet your coaching staff
Head CAL Swim Coach and Olympic Coach
Regarded as one of the best swimming mentors in the United States, Teri McKeever completed her 21st year as head coach of the University of California's women's swimming and diving program in 2012-13. The decorated coach led the talented Golden Bears to a second-place finish in the NCAA Championships and a third-place finish in the Pac-12 Championships. She coached freshman Elizabeth Pelton to the Swimmer of the Meet award at the NCAA Championships and watched as protégé Caitlin Leverenz concluded her college career by repeating as the NCAA champ in the 200-yard individual medley.
Earlier that season, McKeever signed the best recruiting class in the nation headlined by U.S. Olympic star Missy Franklin. The Bears' boss later coached Franklin - and a bevy of other Cal stars - as a U.S. assistant coach at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.Read Full Bio
The 2011-12 season featured arguably the best year in the program's history and ended with Cal's third NCAA team championship in four years. In March of 2012, her Golden Bears won their second consecutive NCAA team title one month after they won the inaugural Pac-12 team championship. McKeever, who led Cal to NCAA titles in 2009 and 2011, claimed the Coach of the Meet award for the third time after emerging triumphant at this year's national meet, in which Cal won a school-record seven individual/relay crowns. In April, the conference named her its Pac-12 Coach of the Year, which marked McKeever's fifth conference award (including awards in 1999, 2002, 2009 and 2011). She led her Bears to nine individual/relay titles en route to the overall Pac-12 championship.
One of the top coaches of women's swimming in the United States, McKeever was named the head coach of the U.S. women's team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in December of 2010. She also served as the head coach of the U.S. women at the FINA Short-Course World Championships later that month.
McKeever and the Bears capped off the 2010-11 season by winning their second team title in three years at the NCAA Championships, as Cal captured five NCAA crowns - Amanda Sims in the 100-yard butterfly, Cindy Tran in the 100 backstroke, the 200- and 400-medley relays and the 200-freestyle relay. McKeever also claimed the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Coach of the Championships award at the national meet and, that April, collected the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award.
The Bears took second place in the 2011 conference meet in February. In addition, they finished with a 7-1 dual-meet record (5-0 in the Pac-10), capping off the regular season with a rousing victory over rival and then-No. 1 Stanford in the Big Meet at Spieker Aquatics Complex.
She ended her 18th season by leading the 2009-10 Bears to third place in the NCAA Championships and second place in the Pac-10 Championships. Also in 2010, McKeever coached Liv Jensen to an NCAA title in the 50-yard freestyle.
The 2008-09 season ended with McKeever being named as the 2009 NCAA Coach of the Year after leading the Bears' to their first NCAA team championship and with her becoming the first woman coach to be credited with an NCAA swimming and diving team title. She also claimed the 2009 Pac-10 Coach of the Year award after leading Cal to its first Pac-10 team championship.
McKeever has taken the Cal program to new heights and is often regarded in the coaching circle as the sport's influential innovator because of her unique training methods. Under McKeever's tutelage, the Golden Bears have produced five Pac-10 Swimmers of the Year, including three-time winner Natalie Coughlin and 15 consecutive top-10 NCAA finishes. She has amassed an impressive 153-52 dual meet record in her tenure with Cal.
Prior to 2010-11, the 2008-09 season was the program's best ever. McKeever coached Dana Vollmer to a spectacular end to her college career, as Vollmer was named the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and won the Honda Sports Award for Swimming. Cal produced three individual NCAA titles (Vollmer in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles and Amanda Sims in the 100 butterfly), two NCAA relay champions (400- and 800-free relays) and two American records (400- and 800-free relays) and scored its most points (411.5) at the NCAA meet in school history. Nine Bears emerged as All-Americans and two earned honorable mention All-America honors after NCAAs. The Bears also won five Pac-10 titles (Vollmer in the 100- and 200- frees; Lauren Boyle in the 1650 free; and the 400- and 800-free relays). Another McKeever pupil, freshman Liv Jensen, earned the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year accolade.
In 2007, Cal claimed five national titles, set three then-American Records at the NCAA Championships and boasted 10 All-Americans. The Bears also set school and Pac-10 records in the 200, 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays along the way. Under the guidance of McKeever, Vollmer set Cal dual meet records in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events, while Boyle set a school record in the 1000 and 1650-yard freestyles. Additionally, Madison Kennedy, a newcomer to the program, flourished under McKeever and broke the school record in the 50-yard freestyle.
McKeever also enjoyed a second stint as an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Six of McKeever's pupils competed at the Summer Games and three came away with a total of eight medals, including the greatest women's swimmer in Cal history - Natalie Coughlin - with six, and Emily Silver and incoming freshman Sara Isakovic of Slovenia each with one.
The Cal coach is also widely renowned for her impact on the international scene. She was the first woman coach on the U.S. Olympic Swimming team and the first woman to be named head coach of the national team at a major international meet (the 2006 Pan Pacific meet in British Columbia). She also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. team during World Championship competition in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Other international coaching duties included assistant roles with the 2001 Goodwill Games and the 2002 Pan Pacific Championships.
In addition to those historical milestones, McKeever is above all proud to have trained the best of the best on the international scene. McKeever has helped guide Coughlin to 11 Olympic medals, including three gold, alumna Haley Cope to a silver medal and the entire U.S. swimming team to 28 medals, including 12 gold. McKeever also coached Staciana Stitts, who became the first Cal woman swimmer to earn an Olympic gold medal since Mary T. Meagher in 1984, when Stitts was a member of the United States' gold medal-winning 400-meter medley relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Prior to making her mark on Cal women's swimming, McKeever had strong ties to the Pac-10 Conference, both as an athlete and as a coach. A former USC All-American herself, she competed in the NCAA Championships meet all four years while at USC and helped the Trojans to four consecutive NCAA top-10 finishes. She earned All-America honors in both 1980 and 1981. As a senior in 1983, McKeever was named USC's Outstanding Student-Athlete. She worked as an assistant coach at USC from 1984-87, helping develop several All-Americans.
The Southern California product graduated from USC in 1983 with a B.S. in education with two teaching credentials (multiple subject, secondary life science) and also earned a masters degree in athletic administration in 1987. McKeever's father, Mike, was an All-American lineman for the Trojans' football team in 1959. McKeever comes from a family of 10 children (she is the oldest), all with varied athletic backgrounds. Sisters Kristi and Kelli Gannon were members of the U.S. national field hockey team.
McKeever found greater happiness away from the pool when she married Jerry Romani in the spring of 2007.
After serving as a graduate assistant coach and administrative assistant for two years, Kristen Cunnane was hired as the assistant coach for the California women's swimming program in May of 2007. A key contributor to the success of the Golden Bear program, Cunnane earned a promotion to associate head coach in December of 2011. She completed her fifth season as a full-time member of the staff in the 2011-12 season, which ended with Cal capturing its second straight NCAA team championship and third national title in four seasons.
Cunnane serves as the recruiting coordinator for Teri McKeever's program. In November of 2011, Cal signed arguably the best recruiting class in the nation thanks in large part to Cunnane.
Under her maiden name of Kristen Lewis, she was a UCLA All-American who earned a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education in the spring of 2006. She has also served as Cal's camp director since 2007.
Cunnane, who graduated from Campolindo High School in nearby Moraga, Calif., was a Bruins letterwinner from 2000-04 and was an All-American from 2002-04. A team captain as a senior, Cunnane ranked third-fastest in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.77) and fifth-fastest in the 100-yard butterfly (53.41) in UCLA's all-time top eight lists entering the 2008-09 season. During her career at UCLA, she served on the team mentor council and was named Most Improved Bruin for three of her four years. She also received the Bruin Braun award for her strength and passion in the weight room.
• Check-in between 2:00-3:00 pm (June 23rd & June 27th) at Unit 1 dorms.
• A closing ceremony will be held (June 27th & July 1st) at 10:45 am at the pool.
Campers stay 2 per room 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!
Air Conditioning: No
Suggested spending money: $40.
Medical facility: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times.
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
- Day 1
- 2:00 pm Check in at Unit 1
- 3:00 pm Camp Meeting for Campers and Parents
- 3:15 pm Depart for Practice
- 3:30 pm SCY swim practice with camp picture to follow
- 5:00 pm Guest Speaker
- 5:45 pm Pizza Party at Unit 1
- 6:30 pm Evening Activity
- 9:15 pm Campers back to rooms
- 9:30 pm Lights out!
- Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
- 5:40 am Wake up and depart for pool with suit on
- 6:00 am Long course work out and dry land
- 8:00 am Breakfast at Crossroads
- 9:30 am Rest time at Unit 1
- 11:30 am Daily camp activity
- 12:30 pm Lunch in Unit 1
- 1:00 pm Campus activity
- 2:00 pm Inspirational video and stroke chalk talk
- 3:00 pm Short course workout with demonstrations
- 4:45 pm Special Guest
- 5:40 pm Station work with dinner at the pool
- 7:30 pm Evening Activity
- 9:15 pm Campers back to rooms
- 9:30 pm Lights out!
- Day 5
- 7:00 am Wake up and start packing up your room!
- 7:15 am Leave for pool - bring stuff for Camp Swim Meet
- 7:30 am Breakfast, Visualization, Video and Activity
- 9:00 am Cal Camp Swim Meet (Parents are encouraged to attend)
- 10:45 am Closing Ceremonies and Awards
- 11:15 am Check out at Unit 1
Phone:(Long Distance, Outside Bay Area) 1-877-467-1800 (Local, Bay Area) 1-415-467-1800