Nike Swim Camp at Bowling Green State University
2023 Dates & Prices Now Available!
Located in Bowling Green, Ohio, the Nike Swim Camp at Bowling Green State University is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique. Through elite technique instruction and challenging in-water training, BGSU's Head Swim Coach, Rickey Perkins and his staff will take your performance to the next level.
The BGSU campus with it's state of the art facilities, comfortable residence halls and it's historic buildings makes it a perfect location for a Nike Swim Camp. The campus is a two and a half hour drive from Cleveland, one and a half hours south of Detroit and three hours north of Cincinnati.
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. This camp is owned and operated by Falcon Swim Camp, LLC. Bowling Green State University does not directly operate this camp and is not responsible for any expenses related to your participation in the camp or costs incurred in the event of cancellation of all or any portion of the camp.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Low camper to staff ratio
- 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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Camp Director Rickey Perkins
Directing camp is head swimming coach, Rickey Perkins.View Rickey Perkins's Bio ⟩
Heading into 2022-23 season and Perkins’ fifth season as the head swimming coach, Perkins is coming off a 3-4 record in 2021-22 and a 6th place finish at MAC Championships. Perkins team swam to victory twice against neighboring rival Toledo and in-state foe Cleveland State. Senior Daisy Platts earned her fourth straight First Team All-MAC selection with a win for the third straight season in the 100 Backstroke before heading to NCAA Championships where she broke her own program record in the 200 Backstroke. Kellie House also earned Second Team All-MAC honors after finishing 2nd in the 1650 Freestyle and 4th in the 500 Freestyle. Perkins’ student athletes continued to excel in the classroom with 22 Falcons being named to the Academic All-MAC Team.
For the 2020-21 season, Perkins and the Falcons finished the season with a 1-3 record with a win over Battle of I-75 rival Toledo and an 8th place finish at MAC Championships. Perkins coached Daisy Platts to her third straight First Team All-MAC selection thanks to her winning the 100 and 200 Backstroke at MAC Championships while setting two school records. Platts went on to enjoy more success at NCAA Championships with a 21st finish in the 100 Backstroke and a 24th place finish in the 200 Backstroke. The Falcons also earned 16 Academic All-MAC selections under Perkins’ guidance.
Over the course of the COVID shortened season of 2019-20, Perkins led the Falcons to a .500 record of 3-3 with wins against Marshall and MAC foe Ohio and a 5th place finish at MAC Championships. Perkins also coached Daisy Platts and Talisa Lemke to another First Team All-MAC Recognition. Platts won the 100 Backstroke and 200 Backstroke while at MAC Championships with Sarah Hennings finishing 3rd and breaking the program record in the 100 Butterfly. Lemke won her third straight MAC Diver of the Year award thanks to her stellar wins in the 3 Meter Dive and 1 Meter Dive. Swimmers Daisy Platts and Lauren Sullivan made the NCAA cuts and divers Kylie Mosset and Talisa Lemke qualified for NCAA Diving Zones before the stoppage of the NCAA season due to COVID-19.
In Perkins first season he led the Falcons to an 8-5 record, including wins over Michigan State and Toledo and a 6th place finish at MAC Championships. Perkins also coached Daisy Platts and Talisa Lemke to First Team All-MAC honors. Platts set a program record by winning the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.52. Lemke won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives at the MAC Championships. Lemke was also selected Google Cloud Academic All-District and recognized as a Distinguished Scholar Athlete. Sarah Hennings and Lauren Sullivan were recognized on the MAC Championships podium as well.
Perkins also guided 17 student-athletes to Academic All-MAC recognition. The team had a GPA of 3.69, the second-highest in the MAC and eighth-highest in Division I. The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America recognized the program as a Scholar All-American Team, with Platts and Lemke earning individual recognition.
BGSU Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger announced the hiring of Perkins on Aug. 9, 2018. Perkins previously served as the men's and women's swimming and diving head coach at the University of Evansville since 2002. A five-time Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year, Perkins coached 13 Missouri Valley individual champions and 70 First Team All-Conference selections while at Evansville. Additionally, 30 school records were broken, and a total of 16 All-American performances took place under the watch of Perkins.
Perkins and his teams excelled away from the pool. While at UE, Perkins earned the Director of Athletics Award for Excellence under the category of "The Student-Athlete Experience." Evansville teams also flourished in the classroom. Perkins coached four Academic All-Americans, and his teams racked up a total of 95 Missouri Valley Conference All-Scholar awards.
Prior to arriving in Evansville, Perkins served as the head assistant swimming coach, recruiting coordinator and academic coach at the University of Washington from 1999-2002. Perkins assisted in the organization and administration of all phases for the Division I, PAC-12 program.
Before arriving at Washington, Perkins spent one year (1998-99) as a National Coach for the Barracuda Swim Club in Nassau, Bahamas, working with competitive age groups as well as the senior program. Under his guidance, the National Team broke seven meet records and recorded its highest finish ever at the CARIFTA Swim Championships, which is the top swim meet among Caribbean countries.
Perkins got his start in coaching at the high school and club levels in Anchorage, Alaska in 1989, eventually working his way up to become the head swimming coach at his alma mater – the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Perkins worked at his alma mater as the head coach from 1994-98.
Perkins' wife, Delores, a special education teacher, also served as a volunteer assistant coach on Rickey's staff at Evansville. Originally from Midland, Texas, Perkins earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Alaska-Anchorage.
SECURE YOUR SPOT!
You can expect a high demand on these first-come-first-serve camper spots, so please be sure to register early. This summer, Bowling Green State is offering one session of overnight with a day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) option for ages 10-18. 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.
- Dates: June 11-14
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-in: All Campers: Check-in Sunday, between 12:00-1:00pm at Conklin Hall.
- Check-out: There will be a swim meet at 9:00am followed by a closing ceremony at 11:00am. Camp concludes immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight Campers check-out at the dorm and Day Campers are picked up at the pool. Cooper Pool is located in the Student Recreation Center. 1411 Ridge St, Bowling Green, OH 43403.
- Day Schedule: SUN 1PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-NOON **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Dinner (first night) and lunch provided for all Day (commuter) campers.
- Program: The Stroke Technique program is designed to provide competitive swimmers with a better understanding of swimming fundamentals. Stroke refinement along with constructive feedback will be the focus of the camp and allows each participant to gain a greater knowledge of proper stroke mechanics and ways to improve themselves individually.
Bowling Green State University
1301 E. Wooster St.
Bowling Green, OH 43403-4003
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- Dorm: Conklin Hall
- Number of Campers Per Room: 2 per room
- Roommates: Rooms are assigned by age & roommate requests. Roommate requests must be mutual and received no later than 14 days before the start of camp. 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!
- Bathrooms: Shared
- Linens: Not included. Bring linens or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase, and a towel.
- Air Conditioning: YES - Dorm has A/C
The staff reside in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Day campers: Dinner provided on Sunday; Lunch is provided Monday and Tuesday.
- Supervision: Staff members reside in campers’ quarters and participate in all activities.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers at multi-day camps will receive a Nike Swim Camps t-shirt and prizes.
INSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT & FACILITY
- Ratio: 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio
- Groupings: Campers are grouped by age, ability, and experience.
- Equipment Needed: Please bring your water swimsuit, swim cap, googles and towel(s)
- Facility: Cooper Pool located in the Student Recreation Center
- Medical Protocol: Most camps have an athletic trainer on-site to help with illness or injury. In case of an emergency, campers will be transported to the nearest hospital.
PREPARE FOR CAMP: COMPLETE YOUR PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST
To view your customer account, complete your mandatory forms, pay balance dues, and review important camp information, visit Pre-Camp Checklist. All necessary camp information is on this page. If there are any imperative changes prior to camp start, registered campers will be notified via email and this webpage will be updated!
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
Checklist of things to bring:
- Weather appropriate clothing for 3 nights/4 days
- Dryland training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt)
- 2-3 Swimsuits
- Swim Cap(s)
- Water bottle
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/flip flops
- Spending Money ($50)
- Linens (XL twin sheets & blankets or sleeping bag, pillow, pillowcase)
- Bath Towel
- Snorkel (optional)
- No Fan Needed - dorm has AC
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Day Campers bring a daily pack with the following items: swimsuit, swim cap, goggles, towel, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, sandals, water bottle, dry land gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt) and any other appropriate clothing for that day’s activities which will be described to you on the first day of camp.
Camp Schedule & Meals:
- Sunday: Day Campers should arrive dressed and ready to swim. You will be assigned a counselor and given a complete schedule of all events during the week. Day Campers stay until 9:00pm. Dinner is provided.
- Monday-Tuesday: Day Camper Hours – 9:00am-4:00pm. Lunch is provided.
- Wednesday: Day Camper Hours - 9:00am-12:00pm. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
Transportation is not provided. Campers are responsible for getting to and from camp on their own. There is no supervision before or after camp hours so please make arrangements to pick up your child on time.
For information regarding our cancellation policy and all other company policies, please visit USSC Policies.
NIKE SWIM CAMP FAQ
For general questions about our swim camps please see our FAQ page.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & Dinner
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 1PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-4PM, WED 9AM-NOON **Times subject to change
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
- 8:00 AM Breakfast
- 9:00 AM Extended Day Campers Arrive
- 9:15 AM Stroke Review
- 9:30 AM Pool Session 1
- 11:00 AM Start and Turn work (pool)
- 11:45 AM Campers/Staff walk to lunch together
- 1:15 PM Pool Session 2
- 3:15 PM Dry-Land Training/Team building exercise (land based activity)
- 4:00 PM Day Campers Depart
- 4:15 PM Organized Free Time
- 5:00 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM Pool Session 3 or evening activity
- 8:30 PM Residence Hall
- 10:00 PM Lights out!
Bowling Green State University
The Home of the Falcon swimmers, Cooper Pool received a face lift in the summer of 2001. The pool is 50 meters long by 25 yards wide and contains 22 lanes with depths ranging from four to 17 feet. Diving stations with one and three-meter spring boards are utilized for instruction, recreation, and competition. Five-and-seven and one-half meter diving towers are utilized for competition.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at BGSU, 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.
SECURE YOUR SPOT – CAMPS SELL OUT!
Last year over 650 Sports Camps sold out, leaving 7,000+ campers on the waitlist. Due to high demand, early registration for our first-come-first-serve camps is strongly recommended.