Stanford Swim Camp

Stanford Swim Camp
Stanford Swim Camp

Located between San Francisco and San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the 2017 Stanford Swim Camps are directed by Head Coaches Greg Meehan and Ted Knapp and are designed to help competitive swimmers from around the world improve their stroke technique.

Campers receive concentrated instruction on all four strokes along with starts and turns at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Center located on the beautiful Stanford University campus. Upon arrival, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers that have similar abilities and goals. Our camp staff does their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.

♦ One week of day camp and four overnight sessions are available this summer!

Highlights Include

  • For competitive swimmers ages 9-17
  • Camp focuses on technique and drill instruction covering all four strokes, starts and turns.
  • 10:1 camper to staff ratio and 24 hour supervision
  • Two daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session (except first and last day)
  • Underwater film review/analysis of all four strokes
  • Fun evening activities each night; BBQ for campers and parents
  • 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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Dates & Prices

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Greg Meehan & Ted Knapp
Camp Director

Greg Meehan & Ted Knapp

Greg Meehan was voted “Coach of the Year” after winning the 2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship. USA Swimming has also named Meehan as one of the American head coaches for the 2017 World Championships. 

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Greg Meehan enters his sixth season as the head women's swimming coach at Stanford in 2017-18.

In 2016-17, Meehan led Stanford to its first national championship since 1998, and was named NCAA Swimming Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. The Cardinal had 13 different All-Americans combine for 47 All-America honors, seven individual national championships and three relay titles en route to the largest margin of victory at the NCAA Championships in 14 years.

In the summer prior to Stanford's national championship season, Meehan mentored three Olympians and one Paralympian, and served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Meehan worked extensively with Lia Neal, Simone Manuel and Maya DiRado, who combined to win nine medals (four gold). In addition, Stanford freshman Brickelle Bro qualified for the Paralympic Games in four events.

In his five seasons at Stanford, Meehan has coached 25 different swimmers to a combined 178 All-America honors. That includes 10 national championship relays and 15 individual national championships. Additionally, Meehan has mentored two Pac-12 Swimmers of the Year and two Pac-12 Newcomers of the Year.

Under Meehan, Stanford has won two Pac-12 Championships (2013, 2017), and has not finished lower than second at the conference meet. The Cardinal also finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships in 2014 and 2016, and placed third in 2015.

A two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Meehan has led Stanford to a 39-4 dual meet record, including undefeated regular seasons in 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Most recently, Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel swept the freestyle events at the 2017 NCAA Championships, and led the Cardinal to two relay victories. Ella Eastin won the 200 fly and 400 individual medley as Stanford set six American records at the NCAA meet.

As the national runner-up in 2016, Eastin swept the individual medleys at the NCAA's, and the 200 and 400 medley relays set NCAA and American records en route to national titles. The year prior, Sarah Haase won the 100 breast and Manuel won national titles in the 50 and 100 free, in addition to two NCAA relay titles.

In 2014, Stanford won four of five relays while Maya DiRado swept the IM races and Felicia Lee won the 100 fly. DiRado, who was the 2014 Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year, and Lee led Stanford to an undefeated dual meet season, including an upset of then-No. 1 California in front of a near-capacity crowd at Avery Aquatic Center. Lee took home the prestigous Honda Award for swimming.

Regarded as one of the top assistants in the country during his tenure at Cal, Meehan took over the Cardinal program after leading the Golden Bears men's swimming and diving program to back-to-back national titles. Meehan, who spent four seasons with the Golden Bears, was promoted to associate head men's swimming and diving coach in 2011 and produced a pair of NCAA championships (2011, 2012) and a runner-up finish in 2010.

Prior to joining Cal's staff in 2008, Meehan was the head coach for both the men's and women's programs at the University of the Pacific. Meehan coached at Pacific from 2005-08, leading his women's team to a second-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships in 2006-07. On the men's side, Krzysztof Zoldak earned Big West Swimmer of the Year in 2005. In all, Meehan's Pacific teams broke 13 school records and three conference records, and seven of his student-athletes qualified for the NCAAs.

Before Pacific, Meehan was the assistant women's coach at UCLA from 2001-05, helping the Bruins to a 2003 Pac-10 title and seventh-place NCAA finish in 2004. Thirty-three All-Americans were produced and 32 school records broken during his time with the Bruins, where he specialized in working with the distance and individual medley corps in addition to recruiting duties.

Meehan was also assistant women's coach at Princeton from 1999-2001, helping the Tigers to a 17-0 dual meet record and the 2000 and 2001 Ivy League titles. Meehan was the first assistant and later interim head coach at William & Mary in 1998-99.

In the summer of 2003, Meehan served as assistant coach for the USA Swimming National Distance Camp at the USOC Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., mentoring the top young male and female distance swimmers from around the country.

At the international level, Meehan served as the head coach for Team USA at the 2017 World Championships, was an assistant at the 2015 World Championships and 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, and was as a manager for the United States at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand.

A graduate of Rider, Meehan earned a degree in mathematics and secondary education. While at Rider, he competed in the 200 backstroke and was a member of several Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion relays. Meehan also was a four-time All-Academic Award recipient, and was named to the school's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

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Ted Knapp
Camp Director

Ted Knapp

Ted Knapp was named Goldman Family Director of Men's Swimming in 2012 after serving as an assistant under Hall of Fame head coach Skip Kenney for 28 seasons.

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Knapp enters the 2017-18 season in his sixth year as head of the program, and 34th overall. Knapp spent the 12 seasons prior to his most recent promotion as the team's associate head coach.

Since coming to The Farm, Knapp has played an influential role in Stanford capturing seven NCAA championships and as many conference titles as seasons served as an assistant and associate head coach with the program.

Knapp oversees all phases of the program including daily workouts, team travel and recruiting. In addition, Knapp supervises all dry-land training and the team's strength program.

During his tenure at Stanford, Knapp has coached 10 different swimmers who have set 20 world records. Most recently, Paul Kornfeld was a part of the record-setting 400 medley relay team while swimming the breaststroke for Canada in 2009. 

Knapp has also coached 19 Olympians who have represented eight countries at the Summer Games. At the 2008 Olympics alone, David and Jason Dunford, Phillip Morrison, Tobias Oriwol and 2008 gold medalist Ben Wildman-Tobriner each were Knapp-coached swimmers.

Other former Olympians who have trained under Knapp include Pablo Morales (three-time gold medalist), Jeff Rouse (three-time gold medalist) and Markus Rogen (two-time silver medalist).

Knapp has coached numerous NCAA champions, including 28 swimmers who teamed to total 69 individual titles. Morales accumulated a Stanford-record 235 points and 11 individual titles at the NCAA Championships in the mid-1980s.

In his first three seasons as head coach, the Cardinal finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships, extending its streak to 35 consecutive seasons in doing such. In 2015, the Cardinal finished sixth at the NCAA Championships, its best finish since Knapp took charge in 2012. 

Six school records have also been set under Knapp's watch, most recently with Abrahm DeVine (3:40.06) setting a program mark in the 400 IM. In the 2015-16 season, Stanford captured the Pac-12 Championship, its first since the 2011-12 season. 

David Nolan's 200 IM at the 2015 NCAA Championships was enough to earn him an NCAA and American record. Nolan also won the 200 IM at the Pac-12 Championships, while Danny Thomson took home the 1,650 free. 

Knapp was named the winner of CollegeSwimming.com's inaugural national assistant coach of the year award in 2011.

Knapp has also been involved with various national teams over the past two decades and was the head men's manager to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. Knapp was the men's manager for both the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York and the 2002 U.S. Junior Team which competed in Rome.

In the 2013 Dual in the Pool, Knapp was an assistant coach for the competition in Glasgow, Scotland, as Stanford's Eugene Godsode competed. Godsoe was joined by Bobby Bollier, BJ Johnson and Max Williamson at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto where Knapp served as the United State's assistant coach.

Knapp was named assistant manager at the 2005 U.S. World Championships in Montreal and at the 2007 U.S. World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, Knapp provided talent stats for NBC's Triplecast at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the on-deck red hat for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

A 1981 Stanford graduate with a degree in civil engineering, Knapp was a four-time letterman while specializing in the freestyle events. In his junior season (1979-80), Knapp earned All-America status after anchoring the Cardinal's 400 medley relay squad to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

A competitive swimmer for 13 years before entering the coaching profession, Knapp also participated in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Tracy Duchac
Assistant Coach

Tracy Duchac

Tracy Duchac was promoted to Associate Head Coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving team in 2014 after serving two years as an assistant. The 2014-15 season marks her third...

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Tracy Duchac was promoted to Associate Head Coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving team in 2014 after serving two years as an assistant. The 2014-15 season marks her third on The Farm.

Prior to her one-year stint at Arizona, Duchac served as the women's assistant coach at Texas A&M for five seasons. During her tenure at Texas A&M, the women's team posted a program-best five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a fourth-place showing in 2008.

A 2006 graduate of Purdue, Duchac earned a bachelor's degree in health promotion. Duchac is a former College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic honoree and a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Duchac became the first Boilermaker in program history to break the 23-second barrier in the 50 freestyle. She made a trio of appearances at the NCAA Championships (2003, 2004, 2005) and earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Duchac had a hand in recording school records in each of those events.

Jeff Kostoff
Assistant Coach

Jeff Kostoff

Jeff Kostoff, a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame and former Indiana assistant swimming coach, was hired in the summer of 2016 to join the Cardinal as a men’s assistant...

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Jeff Kostoff, a member of the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame and former Indiana assistant swimming coach, was hired in the summer of 2016 to join the Cardinal as a men’s assistant swimming coach.
 
A 1987 Stanford graduate with a bachelor’s degree in history, Kostoff was part of a swim team that won four Pac-10 championships from 1984-87, and three NCAA championships from 1985-87. While Kostoff was on the team, Stanford went 39-1 in dual meets under head coach Skip Kenney.
 
Kostoff’s individual swimming accomplishments are significant. At Stanford, he won three individual Pac-10 titles (1987 500-yard freestyle, 1987 1,650-yard freestyle and 1984 400-yard individual medley), while also winning five individual NCAA titles (1,650 free in 1984, 1986 and 1987, and 400 IM in 1985 and 1987).
 
Kostoff’s Stanford record in the 1,650 yard freestyle stood for 21 years (1986-2007), while holding the American record in the same event from 1983-1994.
 
At only 18 years old, Kostoff finished sixth in the 400 IM at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He won the B-final in the same event at Seoul, South Korea in 1988.

Kathy Walker
Staff

Kathy Walker

Kathy Walker spent the last 10 years at the College of Saint Benedict as head coach. Currently she is enjoying her third year as aquatics coordinator and head swimming coach at The...

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Kathy Walker spent the last 10 years at the College of Saint Benedict as head coach. Currently she is enjoying her third year as aquatics coordinator and head swimming coach at The American International School of Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman. Additionally since 1999 she has been the Director of the Stanford Swim Camp.

Camp Details

2017 CAMP DATES & DIRECTORS

DAY CAMP - (JUNE 19-22) - Directed by Ted Knapp and Greg Meehan
SESSION I - (JUNE 23-26) - Directed by Ted Knapp and Greg Meehan
SESSION II - (JULY 2-6) - Directed by Ted Knapp and Greg Meehan 
SESSION III - (JULY 7-11) - Directed by Ted Knapp and Greg Meehan
SESSION IV - (JULY 12-16) - Directed by Ted Knapp

OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES

• 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

DAY CAMP AMENITIES

• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap

More Important 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 in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.

DAY CAMP DETAILS (JUNE 19-22)

  • Special Combo Day Camp led by Ted Knapp and Greg Meehan
  • All campers check-in at 8:00am on Monday, June 19th at the Avery Aquatic Complex terrace above the pool.
  • Each day please bring a Bag lunch
  • Camp concludes at 3:00pm on Thursday, June 22nd

Each day begins with Film review of the best swimmers in the world swimming the stroke focus of the day. Morning water session is focused on technique of 1 stroke following the pattern below.  Dryland to follow the morning water session.  The afternoon session is a mixture of technique review and video of themselves swimming underwater and a skill following the pattern below.  

SCHEDULE

Morning (AM) Stroke Focus • Afternoon (PM) Video of morning stroke & Skill

  • Monday - AM: Free | PM: Starts 
  • Tuesday - AM: Back | PM: Long Axis Turns (Back & Free)
  • Wednesday - AM: Breast | PM: Short Axis Turns (Fly & Breast)
  • Thursday - AM: Fly | PM: Relay Starts

OVERNIGHT CAMP DETAILS (4 SESSIONS AVAILABLE)

  • Greg Meehan and Ted Knapp will be Co-Directing three sessions of camp
  • Ted Knapp will be Directing the fourth session of camp 
  • Campers are invited to attend more than one session
  • There is a $100 overnight fee to stay in-between sessions

SESSION I - TRAINING CAMP (JUNE 23-26)

Our Training Camp session is a more condensed camp with 3 pool sessions on both Saturday and Sunday.

Check-in Friday, June 23rd

  • Check-in for ALL CAMPERS takes place at 5:00pm on June 23rd on Trancos lawn
  • Camp will begin with an orientation at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner and our first pool session
  • Extended Day Camp hours: FRI 5PM-8PM, SAT-SUN 8AM-9PM, MON 8AM-4PM
  • First Day pick up for Extended Day Campers is 9:00 pm at Trancos Houses of Wilbur Hall

Check-out Monday, June 26th

  • Overnight and Ext. Day Campers need to be picked at 4:00pm on June 26th from the Avery Aquatic Center
SCHEDULE

Friday: 

  • 6:30-8:00pm: Meeting and Introductory workout.  Cover training expectations

Saturday: 

  • 8:00am: Video
  • 9:30-11:00am: Anaerobic Test Set + Dryland – 30 min
  • 11:00-2:00pm: Lunch and Rest
  • 2:00-3:30pm : Threshold Set based on Test Results
  • 4:00-6:00pm: Dinner and Rest
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Free/Back technique
  • 7:30-9:00pm: Evening games and activities

Sunday: 

  • 8:00am: Video
  • 9:30-11:00am: IM Training Set + Dryland – 30 min
  • 11:00-2:00pm: Lunch and Rest
  • 2:00-3:30pm : Stroke Groups
  • 4:00-6:00pm: Dinner and Rest
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Breast/Fly technique
  • 7:30-9:00pm: Evening games and activities

Monday:

  • 8:00am: Video
  • 9:30-10:45am: Freestyle DPS + Dryland – 30 min
  • 11:00am: Overnight luggage to holding area
  • 12:00pm: Lunch and Rest
  • 2:00-3:30pm: Lactate Set
  • 4:00pm: Camp Ends

Overnight Stroke Technique Camp (4 nights, 5 days)

SESSION II - (JULY 2-6)
SESSION III - (JULY 7-11)
SESSION IV - (JULY 12-16)

Each day begins with Film review of the best swimmers in the world swimming the stroke focus of the day. Morning water session is focused on technique of 1 stroke following the pattern below.  Dryland to follow AM water session.  Afternoon session is a mixture of technique review and video of themselves swimming underwater and a skill following the pattern below.  Evening activities include games and activities.

Check-in

  • Check-in for ALL CAMPERS takes place between 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Camp will begin with an orientation at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner and our first pool session.
  • Extended Day Camp hours: DAY 1 5PM-9PM, DAY 2-DAY 4 8AM-9PM, DAY 5 8AM-4PM
  • First Day pick up for Extended Day Campers is at 9:00 pm

Check-out

  • Overnight and Ext. Day Campers need to be picked up at 4:00pm from the Avery Aquatic Center
SCHEDULE

Morning (AM) Stroke Focus • Afternoon (PM) Mix of Video, Technique & Skill

  • Day 1 - No AM Session | PM: 1 hour intro water session (Swim all 4 strokes)
  • Day 2 - AM: Free | PM: Free Review & Starts
  • Day 3 - AM: Back | PM: Back Review & Long Axis Turns (Back & Free)
  • Day 4 - AM: Breast | PM: Breast Review & Short Axis Turns (Fly & Breast)
  • Day 5 - AM: Fly | PM: Fly Review & Relay Starts and Relays

CAMP LODGING

ROOMMATE REQUESTS (2 Campers Per Room)
Double Rooms Only. Campers are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please call 1-800-645-3226 or email swim@ussportscamps.com no later than 14 days before the start of camp. If you don't have a roommate request, you will be paired with someone near your age. Boys and girls are housed on seperate floors with gender specific counselors on them.

  • Dorm: Trancos Hall & Kimball Hall
  • Bathrooms: shared
  • Linens: Not provided
  • Air Conditioning:  No
  • Key Deposit: Not required.  If you lose your key, you will be responsible for a $185 charge.
  • 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.

TRANSPORTATION

TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED BY THE CAMP TO OR FROM ANY AIRPORTS
If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly into the San Francisco or San Jose Airport. There are many local shuttle options, one we have worked with in the past and can recommend is A1 Executive Shuttle. Please contact Jon Reno at 831-239-3866 or email: a1executiveshuttle@gmail.com to make reservations.

If you are flying as an unaccompanied minor, the Stanford Swim Camp offers a meet and greet service for a fee. A Stanford Staff member will meet your camper in baggage claim and walk them to their pre-arranged shuttle (Arrivals) and/or meet your camper off of their shuttle and walk them to the security check-point (Departures). Please Note: The Stanford Swim Camp does not provide the actual transportation service to/from any airports. You will need to pre-arrange the shuttle for your camper. The preferred arrival times are between 12:00-3:00pm on the first day of camp and preferred departure times are between 6:00-9:00pm on the last day of camp. To add the meet and greet service, please check the appropriate item during the online registration and complete and return the camp transportation form included in the registration packet.

HOTEL OPTIONS

The Clement Hotel is the Sheraton's newest hotel in Palo Alto.  Conveniently located across from Stanford University and within walking distance to downtown Palo Alto.   

No detail has been overlooked at The Clement Hotel, Palo Alto’s newest and most inspiring urban retreat, providing personalized concierge services and privacy in a luxurious residential environment. Experience all-inclusive luxury, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and all beverages prepared in our Open Kitchen with our Chef presiding, in the Dining Room, the Outdoor Dining Terrace, the privacy of your guest suite, or in a cabana on our private roof-top pool deck overlooking the picturesque Stanford University campus. Call for reservations at 650.322.7111 or visit our website www.theclementpaloalto.com.

All-inclusive luxury. Exclusively for you.

Facilities

Avery Aquatics Complex

Campers train daily in the Avery Aquatic Complex, featuring 2 Olympic sized pools and a diving pool with platform. This is one of the most state of the art swimming facilities in the United States and served as the training site for the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams. Every camper has the opportunity to work with Greg Meehan and Ted Knapp, as both are on the pool deck during each swim session.

1). This camp is open to any and all entrants. 2). Drugs, alcohol and smoking are strictly prohibited and constitute grounds for immediate dismissal from camp. 3). 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.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00 AM Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM Extended Day Campers arrive
  • 8:00 AM Video review of stroke of the day
  • 9:00 AM Pool Session 1
  • 11:00 AM Dry Land and Flexibility session
  • Noon Lunch, rest and free-time
  • 2:00 PM Pool Session 2
  • 5:00 PM Dinner and rest
  • 7:00 PM Evening activities, games, camp store
  • 9:00 PM Extended Day Campers depart
  • 10:00 PM Lights out!

Camp Dates & Prices

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