Cincinnati Swim Camp
The Cincinnati Swim Camp is taking one summer off due to
pool construction and camp will return in summer 2019.
From the cityscapes, to the river views and rolling hills, the city of Cincinnati, Ohio provides the perfect backdrop to host our second annual swim camp at the University of Cincinnati. Campers train each day in the Keating Aquatic Center's eight-lane, 50-meter pool.
Once at the Cincinnati Swim Camp the focus and design of the curriculum is to provide competitive swimmers an exciting week of camp where they are challenged to improve their stroke technique through mental, technical, and physical training.
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.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- 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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Camp Director Mandy Commons-DiSalle
Cincinnati native Mandy Commons-DiSalle takes the helm of the program following four seasons as an assistant coach for the Bearcats.View Mandy Commons-DiSalle's Bio ⟩
During her time at UC, Commons-DiSalle has served as the recruiting coordinator for both the men's and women's programs. Recently, she was responsible for recruiting an eagerly anticipated, 14-member signing class for the 2014-15 season which will add depth to the UC roster in several events.
On the women's side, she helped mentor Jackie Keire to a pair of American Athletic Conference championships in 2014, while the freshman also qualified for the NCAA Championships in three events. Commons-DiSalle has also helped grow the men's program as they continue a transition to full scholarships which began in 2013.
Working as the Bearcats' recruiting coordinator, Commons-DiSalle was responsible for leading and organizing on-campus visits for prospective student-athletes and their families, while maintaining relationships with club teams and high schools throughout the country. She also developed the budget for recruiting, while assisting with team operations for equipment orders and travel arrangements.
Prior to coming to UC, she spent one season as a coach with the Cincinnati Marlins, developing swimmers aged 6-14. Prior to that, she spent two years as the owner of Varsity Athletic Consulting, a firm designed to help guide Cincinnati-area athletes through the college recruiting process.
Before entering the private sector, Commons-DiSalle began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at the University of Toledo. While with the Rockets, she helped coordinate the budget, team travel, scholarship distribution and helped oversee the program's fundraising efforts.
Commons-DiSalle swam collegiately at Clemson, where she was a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier, earning Honorable Mention All-America status in 2001 and '02. She was also a National Strength & Conditioning All-American in 2000. She majored in economics with a minor in human resource management, receiving her degree from Clemson in 2003. She earned an MBA while coaching at Toledo.
Commons-DiSalle was a three-time Ohio High School Athletic Association state champion at Sycamore High School, where she is enshrined in the school's athletic hall of fame.
Coach Pieter Ritz
Pieter Ritz, a former collegiate swimmer at Cleveland State, is in his first season as assistant swimming coach at the University of Cincinnati.View Pieter Ritz's Bio ⟩
Ritz comes to Clifton following one season as volunteer assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast. At FGCU, he was involved in coaching while also serving as the meet coordinator working with Hy-Tek and Meet Manager to coordinate home meets and meet entries. Additionally, he served as an assistant age group coach and assistant senior coach for the Gulf Coast Swim Team in Fort Myers, Florida. He prepared work-outs and assisted the head coach, first with seniors and later with ages 7-13.
Prior to his time in Florida, Ritz was a graduate assistant coach at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. He oversaw recruiting and managed the scholarship budget over two years. He also worked as a lifeguard and aquatics instructor during his collegiate career at Cleveland State. During his two seasons at Henderson State, the program sent a total of six student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships.
Ritz swam for the Vikings from 2008-12. He served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for three years, while he also was part of the Academic Athletic Achievement program from 2009-12. As a senior, he was named the Men's Swimming Leadership Award winner.
The Fort Myers, Florida, native graduated from Cleveland State in 2012 with a degree in communication and film. He completed a master's in sport administration at Henderson Statue University in 2014, placing on the Dean's List all four semesters and receiving the 2014 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Jean Freeman Scholarship.
This summer, Cincinnati is offering one session of day camp (8:00am-4:00pm) for ages 8-17. Cincinnati is also offering one session of overnight, extended day (8:00am-8:00pm) and day camp (8:00am-4:00pm) options for ages 11-17. 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.
SESSION 1 - DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp Hours: MON-THURS 8:00AM-4:00PM, FRI 8:00AM-12:00AM
SESSION 2 - OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
SESSION 2 - EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp Hours: SUN 4PM-8PM, MON-TUES 8:00AM-8:00PM, WED 8:00AM-4:00PM
SESSION 2 - DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp Hours: SUN 4PM-8PM, MON-TUES 8:00AM-4:00PM, WED 8:00AM-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.
SESSION 1 (JUNE 2019 TBD)
- Ages 8-17
- Minimum Competitive Swim Experience = 1 year
- Goal: Introduce different drills to focus on stroke improvement & enhancement for those swimmers that are becoming more involved in competitive swimming
- Check-In: Takes place at 8:00am on Monday; Lunch provided
- Check-out: Takes place at 12:00pm on Friday
SESSION 1 INCLUDES
- MONDAY, JUNE 5th: Freestyle, how to swim efficiently! Focus on high elbow, good kick, & developing higher distance per stroke
- TUESDAY, JUNE 6th: Backstroke: all about positioning (head, hip) & hand placement. Mix in Freestyle drills from previous day(s)
- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7th: Breaststroke: developing a strong “frog” kick, and developing the rhythm of the stroke through a stage of various drills. Mix in Freestyle & Backstroke drills from previous day(s)
- THURSDAY, JUNE 8th: Butterfly: it’s not as scary as it looks! Focus on body positioning, power from the stroke & kick. Mix in Freestyle, Backstroke, & Breaststroke drills from previous day(s)
- FRIDAY, JUNE 9th: Hour Recap of the week and drills. A mini meet where parents are welcome to attend, each swimmer will swim at least 2 50s of their choice of stroke. Finish with awards & prizes
SESSION 2 (JUNE 2019 TBD)
- Ages 11-17
- Minimum Competitive Swim Experience= 3 years
- Goal: For swimmers taking the next step into their competitive swim careers, with a focus on stroke improvement, stroke enhancement, & building aerobic capacity
- Check-In: Takes place between 3:00-4:00pm on Sunday; Extended Day Campers will depart the first evening at 8:00pm; Day Campers are invited to stay until 8:00pm on Sunday with dinner provided
- Check-out: Takes place at 4:00pm on Wednesday; Parents are invited to attend the closing ceremony at 3:30pm
SESSION 2 INCLUDES
- SUNDAY, JUNE 11th: Introduction; the Importance of Body Positioning for ALL Strokes
- MONDAY, JUNE 12th: AM: Freestyle, how to swim efficiently! Focus on high elbow, good kick, & developing higher distance per stroke. Incorporating some longer swims at beginning of practice, and shorter faster swims at end of practice. PM: Backstroke, all about positioning (head, hip) & hand placement. Flip turns= what are the best swimmers doing and what you can do to make them better!
- TUESDAY, JUNE 13th: AM: Breaststroke: developing a strong “frog” kick, and focus on perfecting the rhythm of the stroke through a stage of various drills. Beginning of practice will include some aerobic freestyle and backstroke swimming. PM: Butterfly: it’s not as scary as it looks! Focus on body positioning, power from the stroke & kick. Open turns= what are the best swimmers doing and what you can do to make them better!
- WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14th: AM: Recap anything missed, along with some various sets focusing on the 4 strokes. Starts= what you can do to get off the blocks quicker with more power. PM: Mini meet where parents are welcome to attend, each swimmer will swim at least 2 50s & 1 100 of their choice of stroke. Finish with awards & prizes
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
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: Siddall Hall
- 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.
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.
Keating Aquatic Center
The University of Cincinnati opened the Keating Aquatic Center in early 2006. The Keating Aquatics Center is named after Bill Keating, Sr., who was a Bearcats student-athlete (BBA 1950, JD 1950), member of the UC Athletic Hall of Fame, a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Medal, and a former Chairman of the Board of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.
Part of the $113 million Campus Recreation Center, the natatorium features an eight-lane, 50-meter swimming course with an integrated diving well. The pool contains 12,000 square feet of water surface and includes a moveable bulkhead that will provide a high degree of flexibility in training course configuration.
In March 2013, UC's Campus Recreation Center was ranked the No. 1 most amazing campus student recreation center in America by bestcollegereviews.org.
ADDRESS: Woodside Dr. off Martin Luther King Dr.; inside Campus Recreation Center
DIMENSIONS: 12,000 square feet, eight lanes, 50-meters
Camp ReviewsSubmit a review
Learned so much!
June 21, 2017: This was my sons second year of camp. He has learned so much both times. The highlight this year was the extended day portion when the kids get to have fun too!
— Morgan E. Parent
High ratio of coach to swimmers!
June 21, 2017: My highlight of camp was the high ratio of coach to swimmers and all the encouraging coaches highlighting my strengths and helping me improve my weaknesses.
— Allison H. Camper
July 16, 2017: My son truly enjoyed all of it & loved the small group environment, meeting new friends, the campus experience, lunch. He had nothing but great things to say about the coaches, especially Peter.As a parent I would have liked to have seen some "stats", such as timing my child in each stroke on day one and again on the last day at the swim the meet and let us take those home. We could show those to our swim team coaches at home & perhaps get other swimmers motivated to come or even justify doing the camp again next year. Something like that would have pushed my rating to 5 stars. It did not cause me to think negatively about the camp though.
— Josephine S. Parent
July 15, 2017: My daughter was very excited returning from camp. The one-on-one instruction she received on her freestyle was beneficial. She's been working hard in her current practice to implement some of the stroke changes she learned in the Nike Camp.
— Nathan C. Parent
June 24, 2016: My son had a great experience with camp, which resulted in immediate time drops. I was glad to hear the camp would be emphasizing technique development over conditioning. He described learning important tips for both in and out of the pool including stroke improvement, nutrition, and getting mentally prepared for events. Coach Pieter was very engaging and encouraging towards the campers and parents. My only regret is that I did not sign my daughter up as well. Parent of a Happy Camper
— Michael L. Parent
June 22, 2016: Instructors do an excellent job of keeping the swimmers engaged throughout the camp. The course helped refine learned strokes while providing great activities outside the pool to develop relationships with other swimmers attending the camp. Our daughter will attend again next year!
— Marissa T. Parent
June 15, 2016: My daughter had 6 personal best times after swim camp . She was thrilled! Thanks again Nike!
— Zoe D. Parent
June 15, 2016: I would definitely recommend this camp. This was my son's first overnight camp experience and he loved it. Before we even left the dorm he was saying he had a blast and was begging me to let him come back next year!
— Chris K. Parent
June 24, 2017=5: My 2 kids had a fabulous time. They both improved not only in endurance but also in each stroke with regards to technique. They loved the coaches and the atmosphere that was created. It was a well run, fun camp. Thanks much for the experience. They said they wanted to go back even before we got into the car to come home.
— Lauren W. Parent
Had a blast!
June 24, 2015: This is a place to go to if you are a swimmer at the intermediate level and up. This was the first overnight camp for my 11 year old son and he had a blast. He came back with a lot improved skills even with a such short time.
— Alayna B. Parent
June 23, 2015: Friendly staff, very welcoming and engaged with the kids. Excellent instruction and focused workouts. Fun activities. Highly recommended.
— Sydney B. Parent
June 23, 2015: Awesome camp! You will learn a lot about swimming technique and the coaches are very friendly!
— Matthew C. Camper
June 23, 2015: Friendly staff, very welcoming and engaged with the kids. Excellent instruction and focused workouts. Fun activities.
— Isabella P. Parent
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