Nike Swim Camp at Carnegie Mellon University
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US Sports Camps is excited for our second summer of swim camp at Carnegie Mellon. The university's main campus is 3 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, between Schenley Park and the Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, and Oakland neighborhoods.
Campers will train each day the swimming and diving pool, home to the Carnegie Mellon University varsity swimming and diving teams and serves as a recreational space for the campus community. The pool was constructed in 1996 and is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows allowing in natural light. A balcony was added in 2015 which seats up to 200 people.
The Nike Swim Camp at Carnegie Mellon 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.
- For competitive swimmers ages 8-16
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Camp focuses on technique and drill instruction covering all four strokes, starts and turns
- 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 Matt Kinney
Directing camp this summer is Matthew Kinney. Coach Kinney has been named the University Athletic Association Coach of the Year for men's swimming and diving three times during his 11-year tenure as head swimming and diving coach of the Tartans. His most recent honor came in 2013 after leading the team to a second-place finish at the championship meet.View Matthew Kinney's Bio & Swim Tips ⟩
The Tartans have placed second at the UAA Championships five times under Kinney while setting 14 of 21 school records.
Nine times the Tartans have been represented at the NCAA Championships with sophomores Mitchell Riek and Gabe Bamforth leading the program to a 19th-place finish in 2017 after earning a 25th-place finish as first year athletes. In 2018, Winston Chu made his NCAA debut and diver Gabe Bamforth earned two All-America honors, as the Tartans placed 36th.
The 2010 season was one of the best for the men's program as all seven athletes who competed at the NCAA Championships earned All-America or All-America Honorable Mention honors. Five of those athletes earned their first-ever award as the team finished 15th in the nation.
Overall, Kinney has mentored 18 Carnegie Mellon male athletes to 33 All-America honors and 16 women to 41 All-America honors while he and his assistants were named UAA Men’s Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Kinney is a big proponent of academics as his teams have earned Scholar All-America recognition in each of his eleven seasons. Additionally, nine times a women's athletes has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team, while a male earned the honor twice during Kinney’s tenure.
Prior to the 2007-2008 season, Kinney spent 12 years as the head men's and women's swimming coach at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Throughout his 12 year tenure as head coach at Mary Washington, Kinney led the men's and women's teams to an impressive combined dual mark of 182-59 and a total of 22 combined Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) titles, including 12 straight for the women’s program. During Mary Washington’s conference title run he was named CAC Coach of the Year 12 times, seven with the women's program and five with the men. Kinney has brought tremendous coaching experience to Carnegie Mellon University, as he coached 88 All-America performers at UMW.
A native of Canton, Ohio, Kinney is a 1993 graduate of Kenyon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. While a student-athlete at Kenyon he was a three-time All-America athlete for the Lords and was part of three NCAA Division III National Championship teams. He was also selected captain his senior season. Following his undergraduate work, Kinney went on to Western Illinois University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in sports management while assisting with the swimming program.
Swim Tips by Matthew Kinney:
This summer, Carnegie Mellon is offering two sessions of day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for ages 8-16. 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.
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: MON-THUR 9:00AM-4:00PM
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.
- Takes place between 8:45-9:00am on Monday (June 17th & June 24th)
- Campers will depart each day at 4:00pm after the second pool session
- Day Camp hours: 9:00AM-4:00PM
- Check-out takes place at 3:45pm on Thursday (June 20th & June 27th)
- Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony
LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING: Swimsuit(s), Swim Goggles, Swim cap(s), Towels (2), T-shirts, Shorts, Water Bottle, Running Shoes, Jacket, Lunch each 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
- 9:00 AM Pool Session 1
- 11:30 AM Lunch
- 12:30 PM Discussion/Stretching
- 1:30 PM Dry-Land Training
- 2:15 PM Pool Session 2
- 4:00 PM Camper depart
Jared L. Cohon University Center
Carnegie Mellon's swimming and diving pool serves the varsity swimming and diving teams and as a recreational space for the campus community. The 25-yard pool offers eight lanes, a separate diving well with two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards, and a cool-down area for swimmers. The pool balcony seats up to 200 spectators.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at Carnegie Mellon, 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.
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
June 29, 2018: My son loved this camp. He is 9 and never has done a 200 IM before and by the end of the week he asked if he could do it at the mini meet. He wanted to challenge himself. Brings kids out of their comfort zone! I can't say enough good things about this camp!
— Christie P., Parent