Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College
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Located in southern Michigan about 90 miles west of Detroit, the Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College is designed to help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique. Through elite technique instruction and challenging in-water training, Hillsdale College's Head Swim Coach, Kurt Kirner and his staff will take your performance to the next level.
The Hillsdale 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.
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
- Videotaping in all four strokes
- 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 Kurt Kirner
Kurt Kirner is Hillsdale's Head Swim Coach and a longtime Nike Swim Camp director. Now entering his 16th season as the Hillsdale College women’s swimming and diving coach, Kurt Kirner has brought the program up to a new level of performance and competitiveness, both in the pool and in the classroom.View Kurt Kirner's Bio & Swim Tips ⟩
One of the most detail-oriented coaches on the Hillsdale College staff, Kirner has refined a training program over his years in the sport that has had a direct effect on the performances of his athletes. His out-of-the-pool training methods and techniques have allowed nearly every member of the team to achieve new lifetime-best times in various events in their most recent seasons.
Under Kirner’s guidance, swimmers from the Charger program have had a regular presence at the NCAA Division II national meet. In 2009, one swimmer from all four classes - Anne Verhoef, Alicia LeDuc, Linda Okonkowski and Meredith Scott - each competed at the highest level of Division II swimming. It was Hillsdale’s most significant presence at the NCAA championships since it moved to Division II in 1998, and signified the upward direction of the program. In 2011, Okonkowski secured the program's first Division II All-American honor in nine years under Kirner's guidance and Rachel Kurtz (2013, 2014) and Anika Ellingson (2019) have also earned All-American honors for the Chargers in the last decade.
Since joining the Great Midwest Athletic Conference in the fall of 2017, Hillsdale also has achieved unprecedented team honors under Kirner. In their first two seasons in the new conference, the Chargers earned back-to-back runner-up finishes for the first time in program history. Over the past three seasons, Hillsdale has gone one step further, capturing the G-MAC/MEC title in 2019-20 for the program's first ever conference crown since the program was founded in the late 70s, and repeating as champions in both 2020-21 and 2021-22. During Hillsdale's five years in the G-MAC, Kirner has been named conference Coach of the Year four times, and coached three G-MAC Swimmers of the Year in Ellingson, Leah Tunney and Elise Mason, as well as four G-MAC Freshmen of the Year in Katherine Heeres, Tunney, Cecilia Guadalupi and Mason.
His teams have also annually appeared on the College Swimming Coaches Association of Ameria All-Academic lists for NCAA Division II. The team has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in each of the past 15 seasons. The CSCAA has recognized Hillsdale College's swimming program as Scholar All-American in each of Kirner's 15 seasons leading the program.
Kirner arrived at Hillsdale after spending 17 successful seasons at Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Kirner, along with Hillsdale College men’s basketball coach John Tharp, both joined Hillsdale College from Lawrence, within one year of one another.
While coaching the Vikings, Kirner led both the men’s and women’s swimming teams, paving the way for 175 individual conference champions during his tenure. He was named his conference’s coach of the year in 2006-07 after leading the women’s team to a second-place finish. His women’s teams never finished lower than fourth place in the conference standings in his coaching career at Lawrence. He's a member of the Lawrence University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kirner competed as a collegiate swimmer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before beginning his coaching career in 1975. In addition to his coaching career at Lawrence, Kirner has coached many club swimming teams, and led the Schroeder Swim Team to two YMCA national championships.
Kirner is an assistant professor at Hillsdale College, and has taught Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and Dynamic Wellness in the past. He and his wife Susan are parents to two sons, Quinn and Clayton.
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, Hillsdale is offering one session of overnight with a extended day camp (8:00am-8:00pm) 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: July 9-13
- Age Group: 10-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-in: ALL CAMPERS check-in between 1:00-2:15pm on Sunday at the Roche Sports Complex front lobby.
- Check-out: A closing ceremony will take place at 11:00am on Thursday. Extended Day Campers will be picked up immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight campers check-out from the dorm immediately following.
- Day Schedule: SUN 2:30PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 8AM-8PM, THURS 8AM-NOON **Times subject to change
- Meals: All meals are provided for Overnight campers. Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended 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.
George Roche Sports Complex
201 Oak Street
Hillsdale, MI 49242
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Sunday, July 9th
- ALL CAMPERS check-in between 1:00-2:15pm on Sunday at the Roche Sports Complex front lobby. There will be a camp orientation meeting from 2:30-3:15pm which we highly encourage the parent or guardian to attend. After which the parents are welcome to depart.
Thursday, July 13th
- A closing ceremony will take place at 11:00am on Thursday. Extended Day Campers will be picked up immediately following the closing ceremony. Overnight campers check-out from the dorm immediately following.
- Dorm: Benzing (boys) & McIntyre (girls) Residence Halls
- 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: John "Jack" McAvoy Natatorium
- 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 4 nights/5 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 ($25-50)
- Linens (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)
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
Checklist of Things to Bring: We recommend that all Extended 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: Extended 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. Extended Day Campers stay until 8:30pm. Dinner is provided.
- Monday-Wednesday: Extended Day Camper Hours – 8:00am-8:00pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
- Thursday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 8:00am-11:00am. 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
• 4 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & Dinner
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 2:30PM-8:30PM, MON-WED 8AM-8PM, THURS 8AM-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
- 7:00 am Drill Session 1 (pool)
- 8:30 am Breakfast
- 9:00 am Stroke Review (auditorium)
- 9:30 am Underwater Videotaping (pool)
- 10:00 am Start and Turn work (pool)
- 11:00 am Team building exercise (water polo)
- 11:45 am Campers/Staff walk to lunch together
- 12:30 pm Mental Toughness Session
- 1:15 pm Workout time (pool)
- 2:30 pm Videotape Review with coaches
- 3:15 pm Team building exercise (land based activity)
- 4:00 pm Organized Free Time
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 5:45 pm Sports Nutrition Discussion
- 6:30 pm Drill Session 2 (pool)
- 8:30 pm Residence Hall
- 10:00 pm Lights out!
Hillsdale College is located in southern-central Michigan, 90 miles west of Detroit. Campers train daily in the John "Jack" McAvoy Natatorium, home of the Chargers Swimming and Diving Team. The pool is a 6-lane, 25-yard x 25-meter race course.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at Hillsdale, 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.
He loves the entire experience
July 14, 2017: My son came to the camp having swam for many years. He walked away with knowledge of things coaches had never talked to him about before. He also came home with new confidence that he felt he was going to take seconds off his times with the new skills he has learned. He made new friends (my child is really shy). I also LOVED that they made goals and talked about being a good team member and having an open mind. Excellent experience!
— Alice C. Parent
July 17, 2014: It was an awesome camp! I improved my swimming significantly and had fun at the same time. I will definitely be returning next year.
— Matt B. Camper
I'll be back!
July 22, 2014: Loved camp and am definitely coming back next year!
— Nancy B. Camper
Wonderful instruction on techniques.
August 8, 2014: My son and daughter thoroughly enjoyed the Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College. I was very impressed with the personalities and expertise of the camp staff. They were a great influence on my children and provided a fun, positive learning experience.
— Jane R. Parent
July 26, 2015: It was a very fun experience, and I made lots of new friends. I got a lot of instruction on my strokes and my turns, and all four of my strokes showed great improvement.
— Emily B. Camper
July 28, 2015: The camp was great. I really improved in my strokes. I am now able to use more techniques while swimming. I learned a lot while having fun. The camp was truly amazing.
— Elle M. Camper
July 28, 2015: The Hillsdale College swim camp was a valuable experience! Swimmers looking to tweak their strokes, get a great workout and meet new people should definitely attend a Nike Swim Camp at Hillsdale College!
— Olivia L. Camper
So much fun!
July 30, 2015: The Nike swim camp was so much fun for both my kids. The first thing my daughter said when I picked her up from camp was "I want to come back next year." They both had fun hanging out with friends old and new.
— Dawn D. Parent
July 30, 2015: Thank you for everything!!! Loved Coach Kirt and his inspirational talks and his wonderful staff!! My son is such a new swimmer and LOVED the camp. He loved the games like "Capture the Flag" and running around with the older more experienced group. It was a really inclusive camp atmosphere and all got along well. Really inspiring for him and his friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
— Olivia C. Parent
Had a blast!
August 8, 2015: Our daughter had a blast, she asked to go next year when we picked her up. She received a lot of good advice and still reads over the suggestions before she swims.
— Lily M. Parent
July 19, 2016: Thanks for a great swim camp experience. My daughter loved her counselors and coaches. Her technique has improved and she has shaved time off her events the first week back from camp. She wants to go back next year. Thanks!!
— Vanessa R. Parent
July 13, 2017: Staff to camper ratio. Busy morning to night with quality activities. High level of stroke analysis. Feedback from staff was quality. Video taping was very helpful.
— Tina H. Camper
Great lessons on Positive Mindsets!
July 13, 2017: My son loved the swim technique improvements and instruction. Food. Flag football. The program offered a lot of important takeaways besides the focus on swim. There was the lesson on positive mindsets that was relevant to excelling as an athlete and as a person.
— Daniel G. Parent
really helped him improve overall.
July 19, 2021: My son really enjoyed the sports psychology aspect of the camp. He spoke a lot about the goal setting. He also liked the drills he learned and felt like they really helped him improve overall.
— Sara B., Parent
July 14, 2017: My son just started swimming in the last month and was a bit hesitant at first; he immediately felt welcome and had a great time; he went out of his way to say how much time he spent with coaches and addressing his fear of the starting block on day one...he admits he even likes diving in now.
— Laura M. Parent
July 15, 2017: She said the Team Olympics were the most fun part of camp. She also learned about proper technique and how to make those needed adjustments in her strokes.
— Tom R. Parent
So much fun!
July 16, 2017: Our daughter was nervous to attend an overnight camp as it was her first, but the first night she was so happy to be there and said it was so much fun. She liked the drills and team Olympic events.
— Shayla T. Parent
July 16, 2017: My daughter had went to the Purdue camp in the past and said this camp was so awesome. She liked getting to meet friends outside the pool activities.
— Kelly M. Parent
July 27, 2017: As a parent, mu daughter camp back from camp willing to make the changes suggested. She grew stronger as a swimmer and a teammate. This was a wonderful experience for her and her swimming career.
— Wendy T. Parent
August 12, 2017: The camp helped motivate my daughter to focus more on how to improve her strokes and see the fun in swimming again. They were really good about working with each individual personally and also the class room knowledge was great!!
— Trisha M. Parent
July 18, 2018: I loved participating in the team olympics games (water polo, capture the flag, and dodgeball). My technique improved so much as a result of this camp, and the coaches provided all the tools for me to be successful! This camp was amazing.
— Connor S., Camper
Had a Blast!
July 23, 2019: This was my daughter’s first swim camp and she had a blast. She met new kids and was so excited that you were able to help her with some technique issues she had, especially her breast stroke. Even her coach was so excited to see that you guys were able to help her with her dipping in the breast stoke. She already says she wants to go back next year.
— Sarah C. Parent
I look forward to next year!
July 26, 2019: I enjoyed the Team Olympic events. I was able to improve my backstroke start and my butterfly kicks. This was my 4th year at the camp and I look forward to next year!
— Ella S. Camper
She loved everything!
July 26, 2019: My Daughter loved everything about camp! Encouraging counselors really helped her understand the curriculum and to try her hardest. She said the rooms were comfortable and the food was great!
— Chris G. Parent
she learned so much
July 22, 2021: She loved the sessions, she learned so much on technique. Met some great friends, she wants to come back next year. She especially said the Mindset sessions was a game changer for her. As a 15 yr old HS swimmer it blew her mind what she took away from those sessions.
— Heather H., Parent
Thanks for a great week.
July 22, 2021: My daughter had a great time. She loved the detail focused on stroke technique and improvement. She also thought the food was great. My only complaint was that check-in was quite disorganized... I personally had questions in my head as to how the rest of the week would be run after seeing the check in process. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised as my daughter reported the rest of the week was great and she thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for a great week.
— Jeanne W., 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.