Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College
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Whitman College Head Swim Coach, Jennifer Blomme, and US Sports Camps team up to offer an outstanding Nike Swim Camp this summer! The campus is located in historic Walla Walla in the scenic southeastern corner of Washington, 2.5 hours from Spokane, four hours from Portland, and 4.5 hours from Seattle.
Campers train each day at the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center in the Louise and Paul Harvey Pool. The Center is a 38,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility that opened in the fall of 2006. Located north of Cordiner Hall at the corner of Park and Main streets, the facility features a sparkling 30-meter swimming pool with eight competitive lanes and three practice lanes.
The Nike Swim Camp at Whitman College 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
- Underwater videotaping and on-deck review with coaches
- Small group and individual stroke analysis and discussion
- Fun evening social activities
- 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 Jennifer Blomme
Directing camp this summer is Whitman's Head Swim Coach, Jennifer Blomme. Coach Blomme, a Walla Walla native, has spent the last thirteen years transforming Whitman College into one of the top swim programs in the Northwest Conference.View Jennifer Blomme's Bio ⟩
Blomme, who coaches both the men's and women's swim teams, has been named NWC Coach of the Year six times since coming to Whitman. She collected her first two NWC coaching awards (both for women's swimming) following the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Jennifer Blomme, a Walla Walla native who moved east with her family as a young child, returned to the area in 2000 and has spent the last thirteen years transforming Whitman College into one of the top swim programs in the Northwest Conference. Blomme, who coaches both the men's and women's swim teams, has been named NWC Coach of the Year six times since coming to Whitman. She collected her first two NWC coaching awards (both for women's swimming) following the 2005 and 2006 seasons.
Her most recent coaching award for women's swimming came at the close of the 2011 NWC Championships, when her women's team broke schools records in all five relays and Whitman sophomore Katie Chapman won all three of her individual races and was named the Women's Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet. Her men's team, which finished second at the 2013 NWC Championships, has also made notable headlines outside of the pool, earning Team Scholar All-America honors while posting the highest combined grade point average in all of NCAA Division III in 2011.
Blomme was most recently named NWC Coach of the Year for men's swimming after the 2013 Championships, which capped the best season in the history of the men's program at Whitman. In addition to her coaching duties, Blomme manages Whitman's Louise and Paul Harvey Pool, which is home for the varsity swim teams and also serves the recreational needs of the campus community. The 30-meter pool, which opened in the fall of 2006 as part of the new $10-million Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, features eight competitive lanes, three warm-up and cool-down lanes, and an elevated viewing area for meet spectators.
Blomme was a varsity swimmer, specializing in the breaststroke, at Grinnell (Iowa) College, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 1996, majoring in Spanish. Grinnell, which has a traditionally strong NCAA Div. III swim program, captured its conference title in two of her four seasons there.
After Grinnell, Blomme was an assistant swim coach at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Penn.) for one season and the head coach at Pennsylvania's Bryn Mawr College for one season. Before coming to Whitman, she served as a volunteer women's coach at Indiana University for two two years while she completed her master's degree. Dickinson and Bryn Mawr, like Whitman and Grinnell, are members of NCAA Div. III, which precludes schools from giving athletic scholarships.
Blomme was born in Walla Walla while her mother, Gayle Blomme, was working as a sabbatical teaching replacement in the English Department at Whitman. The family soon moved to the Olympia, Wash., area and later relocated to Michigan.
After completing her master's degree, Blomme pursued the coaching vacancy at Whitman because she wanted to work at a small liberal arts college with an NCAA Division III athletic affiliation.
Speaking in part from her own experience as a college swimmer, Blomme bases her coaching philosophy on the concept that "Division III athletes are striving to do their best in their academic as well their athletic endeavors. Participation in sport can be a tremendous complement to their lives without dominating their collegiate experience."
In working with her athletes, Blomme establishes training regimens that are individualized in nature and specific to each swimmer's competitive events. Above all she stresses the importance of perfecting swimming strokes.
Come join Head Swim Coach Jennifer Blomme and her staff this summer and take advantage of this great opportunity to work with some of the finest coaches in the country. Our goal is always the same, help competitive swimmers improve their stroke technique and to gain confidence, in/and out of the pool, so they can compete at the next level. This year, Whitman College is offering one session of overnight, extended day (9:00am-8:30pm) and day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for ages 9-18. Our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch & dinner
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: MON 5:00PM-9:00PM, TUES-WED 9:00AM-8:15PM, THURS 9:00AM-12:00PM
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: MON 5:00PM-9:00PM, TUES-WED 9:00AM-4:00PM, THURS 9:00AM-12:00PM
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.
Check-in for all campers takes place at 5:00pm on Monday, August 5th. There will be a camp orientation meeting, dinner and an evening pool session. Day Campers depart Sunday evening at 9:00pm. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
There will be a closing ceremony at the pool on Thursday, August 8th at 11:00am. All campers check out immediately following the closing ceremony at 11:30am. Overnight Campers check-out from Douglas Hall. Extended Day & Day campers check-out from the pool.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
2 campers per room. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, 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: Prentiss Hall
- BATHROOMS: shared
- LINENS: Not provided
- AIR CONDITIONING: Yes, Dorm has AC - No fan needed
- SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
- MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
SUPERVISION: 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.
- MONDAY: Check-in for all campers takes place at 5:00pm. There will be a camp orientation meeting, dinner and an evening pool session. Day Campers depart Sunday evening at 9:00pm. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time.
- TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Extended day campers (9:00am-8:15pm) receive lunch and dinner. Day Campers (9:00am-4:00pm) receive lunch only.
- THURSDAY: There will be a closing ceremony at the pool at 11:00am. All campers check out immediately following the closing ceremony at 11:30am. Overnight Campers check-out from Douglas Hall. Extended Day & Day campers check-out from the pool.
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
- 7:30 am Breakfast (overnighters)
- 8:50 am Extended Day & Day Campers arrive, stretch
- 9:00 am Opening Comments and Discussion
- 9:15 am Pool Session 1
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 pm Dry Land Exercises
- 1:30 pm Pool Session 2
- 4:00pm Day Campers depart
- 5:00 pm Dinner (Overnight and Extended Day campers)
- 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 or Evening Activities
- 8:15 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:00 pm Supervised free time in dorm
- 10:00 pm Lights out!
Whitman College is located in historic Walla Walla in the scenic southeastern corner of Washington, two-and-a-half hours from Spokane, four hours from Portland, and 4.5 hours from Seattle.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at Whitman, 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
We will be back!
August 10, 2018: This is an exceptionally personal, friendly and fun camp. The first words out my child at pick-up were: Please, please can we come back here next year? As much as the coaches worked with our kids on their swimming skills (we got extensive feedback and videos), they also ensured that the camp was fun and that the campers bonded as a group. A thoughtful touch was the hand-drawn colorful name signs on the camper's doors. This was our swimmers first overnight swim camp - great choice! We will be back.
— Pamela R. Parent
So much fun!
August 9, 2017: Camp was so much fun. Catching up with friends from last year, meeting new ones, good food, and great coaches were just some of the highlights.
— Naomi H. Camper
Loved every aspect of camp!
August 18, 2016: My son loved every aspect of this camp. On one of the "outings" between pool sessions, he bought a little notebook and took notes on all the techniques he learned. He also enjoyed the dry land sessions and looks forward to incorporating some of the exercises into his training.
— Hannah T. Parent
Super fun time!
August 17, 2016: This camp was great! I had a super fun time and met some really cool friends in my dorm! I would definitely recommend this swim camp for all swimmers wanting to improve their strokes and technique while having fun at the same time!
— Alex R. Whitman
Definitely be back.
August 20, 2015: Camp was really fun and well organized, and there was a lot of technique instruction. I found the personalized swim video to be very helpful! I'll be back next summer!
— Pierce W. Overnight
August 19, 2015: Great experience to learn and have solid happy memories forever of new friends made and enjoyed. My granddaughter would return in a heartbeat.
— Ron J. Grandparent
August 17, 2015: My daughter LOVED this camp and can't wait to go back next year, even if none of her friends go. She learned a lot about technique and had a great time.
— Kendall R. Parent
Learned so much!
August 21, 2014: I really liked the Whitman Swim Camp. Jen and the coaching staff were amazing and I learned so much!
— Kellen G. Camper
Perfect your stroke technique.
August 19, 2014: Nike swim camp is a great way to perfect your strokes and meet other swimmers from around the world. Highly recommend for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Loved being video taped and seeing my strokes underwater.
— Landry H. Camper
Plan to return next year.
August 17, 2014: The camp was a lot of fun! I also learned a lot by the way they broke down the strokes and from the video taping. I plan to return next year.
— Kira A. Camper
August 22, 2013: I appreciated the way the staff recognized the efforts of all the campers. They went our of their way to make people feel positive about themselves. The camp had good comradeship.
— Kelsey A. Parent
August 22, 2013: Coach Blomme did a great job with the kids, my daughter had a wonderful time. She will be back every summer!
— Miles L. Parent