Maverick Nike Fall Swim Clinic at Minnesota State University, Mankato
Fall Clinic Available in November!
Minnesota State University, Mankato Head Swim Coach, Nathan Owens, is excited to bring you the Maverick Nike Swim Clinics this winter and spring. Racing starts, turns, and underwater clinic: Sunday, November 12th.
Campers will practice and train in Highland Pool, a six lane by 25 yard competition pool, that features stadium seating for spectators and ample deck space for training and events. Home of the Maverick Women's Swimming and Diving Team, Highland Pool was renovated in 2005.
The Maverick Nike Swim Camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato 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
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- Video analysis with TiVO system for focused discussion
- 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 Nathan Owens
Head Coach Nathan Owens has been with the Mavericks since 2004. During his tenure, the Swimming & Diving team has produced the top performers in the program’s rich history.View Nathan Owens's Bio & Swim Tips ⟩
The team’s record books have been rewritten and new benchmarks for success have been set nearly every year. Owens has led the Mavericks to 11 post-season appearances in 13 years and led the team to top-25 finishes at the Division II National Championships 8 times. At Minnesota State, Owens has coached dozens of All-Americans and produced U.S. and Canadian Olympic trials qualifiers.
During the 2016-17 season, Owens helped guide the Women's Swimming and Diving program into a new era as they transitioned from the New South Intercollegiate Swimming Conference (2016) into the Northern Sun Conference (2017). In 2017 the Mavericks finished second out of seven women's teams at the NSIC Conference Championship.
At the conference meet the Mavericks posted 30 individual top-8 finishes which included 9 new school records, 11 individual NCAA provisional qualifying times, and 4 Conference Champions. The Mavericks also won 4 of 5 relay events in route to setting new school records in the 200 freestyle relay, the 400 medley Relay, and the 400 freestyle relay.
In addition to coaching, Owens oversees the Learn to Swim with the Mavericks youth swimming lesson program. This year-round program enrolls over 700 local children annually. He also directs seasonal swim camps for youth and age-group swimmers as well as clinics for adults and triathletes.
Prior to coaching at Minnesota State, Owens served as an assistant coach for Texas Christian University (TCU) and helped guide the Horned Frogs to back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2002 & 2003. From 2000 – 2002, he served as a Head Coach at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., where he helped establish the new program and in only their second year of existence, Owens guided the Green Knights to finish in the top half of their conference finishing 3rd out of 7 teams. Prior to his appointment at St. Norbert, Owens served as the Head Coach for Wausau East High School in Wausau, Wis. In the summer of 2000, Owens coached the Wausau Tide Swimming Club and helped to produce one Olympic trials qualifier.
Owens attended and competed for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1996-1999 where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Texas Christian University in 2004. Owens resides in North Mankato, MN with his wife Lindsey and their two children Eli and Vivian.
Swim Tips by Nathan Owens:
Staff Maverick Swim Camp Staff
We are fortunate to invite back a truly accomplished group of college coaches, former athletes, and college swimmers. Our coaching staff has experience at nearly every level of competition including YMCA, USS Club, High School, and the Division 1, 2, and 3 NCAA level. Our staff works closely together to create a dynamic and exciting atmosphere for teaching, learning, and training.
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 fall, the Maverick Nike Swim Camp is offering a clinic on November 12th.
2023 OVERVIEW - RACING, START, TURNS & UNDERWATER CLINIC
- Dates: November 12
- Age Group: 9-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm, Sunday
- Check-In: 8:45am at Highland Pool
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
- Program: Racing, starts, turns, and underwater clinic (for age group & high school swimmers ages 9 & up) - These one-day swim clinics are designed to focus on details that will improve and refine the performance elements of starts, turns, and underwaters. Our experienced coaches will lead athletes through a series of progressions that will help swimmers focus on the most important mechanics of each respective skill. In addition, each athlete will be videotaped, reviewed, and critiqued by our coaches. This one-day clinic will be fun, engaging, and educational for swimmers of all ability levels to refine and improve their racing. We plan to upload the before and after videos on a private YouTube channel that participants will have access to.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Highland Center Pool
SE Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN 56001
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE?
- Instruction: Morning and afternoon training sessions
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers 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: Highland Pool
- 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!
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO BRING
Below is a suggested list of clothes, equipment, and personal items. US Sports Camps is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles or money.
- Healthy Lunch & Snacks
- Dryland training Gear (running shoes, t-shirt, athletic shorts, sweatshirt)
- Swim Cap(s)
- Water bottle
- Hat or Visor
- Sandals/flip flops
- COVID PPE (as required by state/local guidelines)
- Signed Heath & Release forms and waivers (forms completed online do not need to be printed and turned in at camp)
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.
Racing, starts, turns and underwater clinics (November 12)
These one-day swim clinics are designed to focus on details that will improve and refine the performance elements of starts, turns, and underwaters. Our experienced coaches will lead athletes through a series of progressions that will help swimmers focus on the most important mechanics of each respective skill. In addition, each athlete will be videotaped, reviewed, and critiqued by our coaches. This one-day clinic will be fun, engaging, and educational for swimmers of all ability levels to refine and improve their racing. We plan to upload the before and after videos on a private YouTube channel that participants will have access to. Clinic Schedule:
- 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. Check-In
- 9:00 - 11:30 p.m. Swim Session & Video Taping
- 11:30 - 12:30p.m. Classroom session
- 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (lunch provided)
- 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Classroom/Video Review
- 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Review and Final Taping
LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING: Swimsuit(s), Swim Goggles, Swim cap(s), Towels (2), T-shirts, Shorts, Water Bottle, Running Shoes, Jacket
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State, Mankato is a 300 acre campus that is located above the Blue Earth River Valley, approximately 80 miles southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul. MSU, Mankato is the second largest public university in the state and is home to more than 15,000 students during the academic year. The Mavericks have 20 different sports teams and is one of the top Division II athletics programs in the country. The campuses modern athletic facilities, new suite style dorms, and a new dinning center make it an outstanding venue for sports camps.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at camp at Minnesota State, Mankato, 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.
This is a camp we will definitely be back to!
August 1, 2021: She absolutely loved this swim camp! The coaches were so helpful she said. There were just enough kids where she still had one on one time. We have been to camps where they don’t say one word to her since there are so many kids. She has never been videoed under water and that was a very cool experience for her. She loved being critiqued. She loved the coaches and made new friends. This is a camp we will definitely be back to!
— Jill S., Parent
she had a great time!
June 20, 2021: She had lots of fun meeting new people and received individual feedback from her coaches on each of her strokes. She learned about the important mental aspects of swimming, along with the physical aspects as well. Overall, she had a great time! I know that Covid has set everyone back this year and that it has been hard, but I think having an overnight camp would be very fun for her and everyone else! This year was the best the camp could have been with the Covid restrictions!
— Ryan C., Parent
June 20, 2021: My daughter had such a great time!! She was so nervous before it started, but left the first day all smiles. I love that they truly seemed to take the time to work with each swimmer; great instructors.
— Jessica B., Parent
He had a lot of fun
August 1, 2021: He had a lot of fun. The small group helped him feel at ease at his first camp. He feels like he gained skills to help him improve.
— Lindsey H., Parent
July 22, 2019: I had an amazing time I was sad when it ended, I didn’t wanna leave my new friends. The coaches were great they were very helpful and nice. I learned a lot and I’m excited for my next season!
— Keegan P. Camper
Looking forward to next summer!
August 20, 2018: My daughter has been going to swim camp for the last 3 years and loves it. Not only is this a swim camp, but it also has the feel of a summer camp. They work hard on all of their strokes and get great feed back. They also do many activities, besides swimming, that keep the campers active. Thanks to Nathan, Sophie and the rest of the Maverick team for making this such a fun and learning experience. My daughter is looking forward to summer 2019!
— Kenny M. Parent
August 12, 2018: My daughter had a great experience at this swim camp last year. She received individual evaluation and coaching on her stroke techniques that have definitely helped her improve. The group activities made camp a lot of fun, and she wants to go back this year!
— Andrew G. Parent
August 8, 2018: I loved the camp at MSU, Mankato! I had a great time working on techniquewith the coaches and spending time with other campers and the MSU swimmers.Everyone at the school was friendly and helpful. It was a fantasticexperience!
— Abbie C. Camper
June 19, 2018: This camp was really fun! We had lots of useful sets and drills to do during each workout, and we worked a lot on our technique by analyzing videos of top-level swimmers and comparing their strokes to our own. We campers also had fun outside of the pool, doing some group activities and just spending time together. Even the food was good!
— James S. Camper
June 28, 2017: My kids went to this camp last summer as their first camp experience and it was great for them. The coaches were all super nice and very supportive, and gave each swimmer plenty of attention. The overall attitude and atmosphere at the camp was positive, the coaches were engaged in the activities and each swimmer was important. I was impressed to learn that the coaches actually video-recorded the swimmers doing their strokes and then reviewed the videos with the swimmers to give constructive feedback; what a great learning tool!
— Nicole K. Parent
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.