Nike Swim Camp at San Diego State University San Diego, California
San Diego, known for its near-perfect climate, miles of sandy beaches and fun-filled waterfront activities, is an ideal setting for a summer camp. Once at the Nike Swim Camp at San Diego State University the focus and design of the curriculum is to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique so they can compete at the next level.
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. Each Camper receives personalized stroke instruction from Aztec Coaching Staff as well as a video analysis of all four strokes. Guest lectures addressing motivation, nutrition, and goal-setting will also be covered.
- Intensive emphasis on racing tactics plus starts and turns
- Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Videotaping in all four strokes and review
- Excursion to Pacific Beach and camp cookout at Mission Bay
- Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
- Every camper is eligible to receive merit-based prizes during camp
Campers swim daily at the Aztec Aquaplex. Opened in March 2007, the Aztec Aquaplex features two pools, one for competition, and another for recreation and a hydrotherapy spa. The competition pool measures 51 meters in length and 25 meters in width and can accommodate a multitude of competitive swimming events. It also includes a movable stainless steel bulkhead, which allows a flexible water depth of anywhere between seven and 17 feet.Meet your coaching staff
Ben Biefnes was hired as the Aztecs' new assistant coach on June 27, 2013.
Biefnes spent the last two seasons at TCU where he worked with the breaststroke and IM groups while assisting in team coordination and recruiting. During his two years with the Horned Frogs, 40 school records were broken with all of the women's IM records broken multiple times. In 2012, he helped the TCU men to a second-place finish and the women to a third-place finish in their first year in the Big 12.Read Full Bio
The Aurora, Colo., native spent the 2010-11 year at Carthage College (Kenosha, Wis.) as a grad assistant working with the breaststroke and IM groups as well as helping coordinate dry land activities. While at Carthage, the men's squad won its fourth straight CCIW conference title while the women's team finished 10th at the NCAA Championships.
Biefnes attended TCU where he was a swimmer from fall 2006 to spring 2010. As a senior he captained the men's team that won the Mountain West Conference dual meet title. A breaststroke and IM specialist, he was awarded the Unselfish Team Player Award in 2007, the Dedication Award in 2008 and the Most Valuable Contributor Award in 2010. In addition, he was named TCU's Dutch Meyer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010.
During the summer of 2012, he worked as a camp counselor at the University of Texas Longhorn Swim Camp and the Nike Boys and Girls Swim Camp in Norman, Okla.
The 25-year-old Biefnes is a 2010 graduate of TCU with a bachelor's of science degree in communications and psychology. He received a masters in liberal arts from TCU in 2013.
Campers stay 2-per room in Tenochca Hall and are assigned by age and roommate requests.
Linens: Not provided
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
- 7:15 am Breakfast
- 8:30/8:50 am Extended Day Campers arrive
- 9:00 am Morning Swim session
- 11:00 am Dryland and Flexibility session
- Noon Lunch, rest and free-time
- 2:00 pm Afternoon swim session
- 4:00 pm Planned extra-curricular "FUN TIME"
- 5:30 pm Dinner and rest
- 7:00 pm Evening activities, games, camp store
- 8:30/9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 10:00 pm Lights out!
The Nike Swim Camp at San Diego State 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.Read camper reviews