Nike Swim Camp at Ball State University
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Ball State is located in Muncie, Indiana, a city 55 miles (one hour) northeast of Indianapolis, just off Interstate 69. Muncie’s location, in the heart of the Midwest, makes it easily accessible by highways and charter flights from many locations, including the Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Dayton airports.
Home to Ball State’s Men's and Women's Swimming teams, campers receive instruction and work on their stroke technique in the Lewellen Aquatic Center, a 25-yard x 6 lane pool with a diving well and one meter board.
During the week campers will watch their own performance on iPad- -to-TV replay as coaches evaluate and critique their stroke on a daily basis. We will also use underwater camera, video, and TiVo replay. This is an important and beneficial training aid to improve race strategies and stroke mechanics.
The Nike Swim Camp at Ball State is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend all participants have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. Age Group, National Qualifies, High School Swimmners or Summer League Swimmers) with all four competitive strokes: Fly, Back, Breast and Freestyle.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimmers
- Low camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- 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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Co-Director Kristy Patterson
Kristy Patterson enters into her fifth season as head coach of the women’s swimming and diving team after a successful first three years at the helm of the program.View Kristy Patterson's Bio ⟩
The 2014-15 season marked success in and out of the pool, when the team of 23 posted 85 individual lifetime bests and was honored as a CSCAA Scholar All-America team for the third consecutive year under Patterson.
In her third campaign as head coach, Patterson led Ball State to a 5-4 record, including 0-4 dual meet record in the Mid-American Conference, improving to an overall record of 16-12 and 14 new Ball State school records in the course of her time with the Cardinals program.
Patterson came to Ball State after serving as an assistant swim coach at the University of Akron from 2003-2012. In addition to her coaching experience at Akron, Patterson served as an assistant lecturer at Akron from 2008-12. She also served as a coach and camp counselor at the Stanford Swim Camp in the summers of 2006-2009.
A 2003 graduate of Akron, Patterson began her coaching career as the head swim coach at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn, Ohio, in the summers of 2003-04. She then went on to earn her master’s degree from Akron in 2006.
As a student-athlete for the Zips, the Canton, Ohio, native served as team captain for Akron in 2001 and 2002 and was as four-year letter winner. She set school records in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 freestyle and as a member of four relay teams in her career. She still owns some of the school’s top times in several events.
Before her 1998 graduation from Glen Oak High School, Patterson swam under now-retired head coach Jeff Burrows, specializing as a breaststroker and sprint freestyler. A multisport athlete, Patterson was just one of few girls at the school to earn 12 letters in four years, including swimming, soccer and track.
Co-Director Bob Thomas
The winningest coach in the 70-year history of Ball State men’s swimming & diving, Bob Thomas enters his 37th season as the program’s head coach in 2015-16. From the 2004-05 season through the 2008-09 season, he was also the co-head coach of the women’s swimming & diving team.View Bob Thomas's Bio ⟩
A four-time Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year (1992-93, 1994-95, 1999-00 & 2002-03), Thomas has accumulated a 215-175-2 (.548) career record, including a 94-105-1 (.470) league ledger. He has guided the Ball State men’s squad to a pair of runner-up finishes at the MAC Championships (1992-93 & 2002-03), while guiding the team to a top three finish eight times.
Over his career, Thomas has coached his student-athletes to MAC individual championships a total of 40 times, while helping guide his relay teams to seven titles. His student-athletes have earned First Team All-MAC honors eight times, while collecting Second Team All-MAC accolades on 17 occasions.
He has also coached his athletes to four All-America honors, eight MAC Diver of Year awards, four MAC Outstanding Senior awards and a MAC Swimmer of the Year title.
The Cardinals’ latest MAC individual champion came in 2005-06 when MAC Outstanding Senior award winner Kurtis Leer swept the freestyle sprint events, winning the 50, 100 and 200 titles. Leer, who is BSU’s record holder in both the 100 and 200 freestyle, finished his career as a six-time MAC champion, also winning all three events his junior year.
On the women’s side, Thomas helped guide Sarah Welter to the 100 backstroke title at the 2004-05 MAC Championships. Welter also swam the first leg of the 200 Medley Relay, which captured the event title the same year with a school-record clocking of 1:45.04. Joining Welter in the relay were Tara Zimmer, Erin Johnson and Karla Bailey.
In 2002-03, Thomas picked up his fourth MAC Swimming Coach of the Year award by leading Ball State to an 11-3 dual-meet record and a second-place finish at the MAC Championships despite having just two seniors on the roster. The Cardinals had finished sixth at the league event the year before, giving Thomas the best turnaround in the MAC for the 2002-03 season.
Thomas collected his third MAC Swimming Coach of the Year award after the 1999-2000 campaign, as the Cardinals turned in another solid improvement from the previous season, climbing from eighth to fifth at the league meet. The team also posted a 7-5 dual-meet record, while going 5-2 in conference action.
From the 1995-96 to 1997-98 seasons, Thomas helped coach the program’s latest MAC Diving Champion, as Dave Garrow collected three individual titles on the 1-meter board and a pair of championships on the 3-meter board. A two-time MAC Diver of the Year, Garrow ranks second in the BSU record books in all diving categories.
This summer, Ball State is offering one week of overnight and extended day camp (9:00am-8:30pm) for ages 8-18. 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.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 4PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-8:30PM, THURS 9AM-11AM
At the Nike Swim Camp at Ball State University, each camper will learn how to mentally and physically prepare for competition. Lectures and personalized instruction focus on goal setting, mental training, strength, flexibility, training techniques, nutrition analysis, pre- competitive meals, and how these contribute to swimming performance.Show Less See More Camp Details
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, 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.
Check- in takes place between 3:00-4:00pm on Sunday, June 18th. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 4:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time. Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 8:30 p.m. after swimming, dinner and orientation.
There will be a closing ceremony at 10:30am on Thursday with check-out immediately following. Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp.
Roommates & Housing
The campers live and dine in a modern, well- equipped, air conditioned residence hall complex near the pool facility. 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! Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.
- Dorm: Botsford Swinford Complex
- Bathrooms: shared
- Linens: Not provided
- Air Conditioning: Yes
- 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.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPER SCHEDULE
Extended Day Campers check-in between 1:00-2:00pm on the first day. Arrive dressed and ready to swim. At that time, you will be assigned a counselor and you will be given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Departure each day is around 9:00pm for Extended Day Campers.
Daily Schedule: SUN 4PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 9AM-8:30PM, THURS 9AM-11AM
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.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Breakfast (overnighters)
- 8:50 AM Extended 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
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Pool Session 3 or Evening Activities
- 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:30 PM Supervised Free time in Dorm
- 10:00 PM Lights out
Lewellen Aquatic Center
Campers train each day at the Lewellen Aquatic Center, a 25-yard x 6 lane pool, with a diving well and one meter board.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
All four of my kiddos loved this experience and can't wait to go back next year! We have attended larger camps in the past, so we loved the individual attention and focus on technique. My goal for my kids was to have the experience of being at a camp, and get in the water.. and I was absolutely shocked at the progress they made in their swim technique and drops in their time, like an an entire year of payoff in a couple days! Well done all! Most of all, they had a blast and all four had a fantastic time (how did you do that?!)
— M.F. Parent of Ball State Swim Campers 17'
My child thrived here. I hope that it can be at the same location next year as we will definitely be there!!!
— L.S. Parent of Ball State Swim Camper 17'
The staff and coaches were amazing!! My child has taken alot away from the experience. I can't wait to see his new skills in action!
— N.S. Parent of Ball State Swim Camper 17'
We will be back!
Our son came home excited everyday, and ready to go back the next day. He felt comfortable with the coaches, and learned SO much to take with him. He would ABSOLUTELY, do this again next year!
— B.K. Parent of Ball State Swim Camper 17'
My daughter came home feeling positive about her experience. She learned something new/better for each type of stroke. She also enjoyed spending time with other kids who love the sport of swimming.
— J.D. Parent of Ball State Swim Camper 17'
Just wanted to tell you thank you again for such a fantastic experience! My kiddos had a meet today, all dropped time.. and both hit regional times for the FIRST time ever!! They are so elated with the gains they made. Thank you for all the hard work you all put into this camp, from start to finish, this was a unbelievably awesome experience for all!
— P.M. Parent of Ball State Swim Camper 17'
Camp Dates & Prices
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