Nike Swim Camp at Cleveland State University
Improve your stroke and have serious fun at
Nike Swim Camp
USSC is excited to partner with Cleveland State University to hold a four day Nike Swim Camp in Ohio this summer. The camp is designed for competitive swimmers to improve their stroke technique by providing campers with ongoing and constructive feedback through sound coaching principles to engage and inspire.
Campers will train each day in the Robert F. Busbey Natatorium which is home to the Cleveland State Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving team. The dynamic campus, in the heart of downtown, continues to evolve as CSU strengthens its ties to Cleveland.
The Nike Swim Camp at Cleveland State University 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.
- Day Camp: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- 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 Kevin Rapien
Kevin Rapien is entering his seventh season on the Cleveland State coaching staff in 2018-19.View Kevin Rapien's Bio ⟩
Rapien helped the Vikings to one of the most successful seasons in his tenure in the 2017-18 campaign.
The CSU women took third place with 586 points at the Horizon League Championships, finishing only seven points behind the runner-up. The Vikings improved two spots from the previous season, and four places in two years, while finishing three positions higher than projected in the preseason poll. The Cleveland State women broke school records in nine of the 18 swimming events at the 2018 League meet.
Leading that record-breaking effort was Molly McNamara, who took home impressive hardware with Rapien’s assistance. McNamara was named the Horizon League Women’s Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year, the first Viking to win that honor in over a decade. She was also named HL Female Scholar-Athlete of the 2017-18 Winter Season. McNamara broke school records in all three of her individual events at the HL Championships, became just the third woman this century to sweep butterfly titles at a League meet and also broke a League record.
Rapien helped the CSU men to a strong runner-up finish with 665.5 points in 2018, as the Viking men surpassed NCAA standards in eight different events at the League Championships. Both the men’s and women’s point totals from the League meet were the highest in five years.
Rapien made an immediate impact upon arrival at CSU as he helped the Vikings to the Horizon League men’s title in 2013, the program’s first in seven years. He also guided the women’s program to a runner-up finish at the league championships the same year and has helped the men’s program to four runner-up finishes in his tenure.
Rapein has helped the Viking men sweep Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Year and the Swimmer of the League Championships honors in four of his six years on staff. He helped Philipp Sikatzki to the highest accolade in program history when he earned First Team All-America accolades with a fourth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships in the 100 Butterfly. Sikatzki qualified for NCAA’s for a second consecutive season in 2017 and was the top finisher in the butterfly that did not hail from a Power Five school.
Sikatzki was one of three Viking swimmers to post a NCAA qualifying standard during the 2016-17 season. Those three student-athletes combined to surpass NCAA standards in eight different events.
Rapien helped his student-athletes to 10 school-record performances during the 2016-17 season. At the 2017 League Championships, the CSU men swept the breaststroke events for the first time in seven years while Molly McNamara’s record effort in the 200 butterfly saw CSU break a 17-year title drought in that event.
Rapien has assisted his student-athletes in securing 40 conference titles (individual or relay races) at CSU. He also helped McNamara to Horizon League Women’s Freshman of the Year honors in 2016.
Prior to arriving at Cleveland State, Rapien spent the prior two seasons as the Head Assistant Swim Coach at the University of North Dakota. While at North Dakota, Rapien was the distance coach as well as recruiting coordinator for the program. In 2011-12, he coached three Division I ‘B’ standards and helped swimmers break three school records in distance races.
Prior to working at the University of North Dakota, Rapien spent one season as an Assistant Swim Coach at Delta State University. While at Delta State he was the sprint group coach, helping guide 18 student athletes to the NCAA Division II Championships.
As a swimmer, Rapien was a four-time letterwinner and team captain from 2005-2007 at Ashland University.
Staff Tanner Barton
Head coach Paul Graham announced the addition of Tanner Barton as an assistant coach in August 2018.View Tanner Barton's Bio ⟩
Barton began his coaching career this past season, playing an integral role with Ball State University, after he racked up a number of achievements in and out of the pool in his time as a student-athlete.
Barton served as a graduate assistant coach with Ball State this past season, developing practices and strength programs for multiple groups. He also played a leading role in recruiting efforts, from initial contacts to securing commitments to the program. He also helped plan team travel, manage the program's budget and monitored student-athlete academic progress.
Outside of the collegiate realm, Barton has been an assistant coach with Cardinal Swimming Indiana at the U.S. Masters level. He also has been the Program Director and Head Swim Coach for the Dublin Atlantic Dolphins since 2015.
Barton scored at the Mid-American Conference Championships as an individual in each of his four seasons competing for Ball State. He was a two-year team captain and earned numerous team awards, including Most Valuable Performer and the Coach's Award.
At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Barton earned a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and also earned the MAC's Bob James Memorial Award, which is given to one male and one female student-athlete per academic year. The Bob James Award is granted based on a student-athlete's scholarship, character, leadership and citizenship. Barton was the MAC's male representative to the NCAA Leadership Summit in 2016 and served on the MAC's Council of Student-Athletes during his senior year.
In addition to his passion for coaching swimming, Barton is sought for his knowledge in the field of diabetes. Barton is a member of the JDRF Speakers Bureau and has delivered talks to audiences that number in the thousands. He has also worked with the global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, traveling to their headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, to present on multiple occasions. Barton has highlighted how student-athletes can achieve athletic success while managing type 1 diabetes.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Barton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ball State's Honors College with a double major in health science and Spanish. He graduated summa cum laude while maintaining a 4.00 cumulative grade point average.
This summer, Cleveland State is offering one session of day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for ages 8-18. The Nike Swim Camp will focus on providing a well-rounded and balanced camp experience that teaches swimmers the necessary skills to enjoy a lifetime of success in swimming.
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 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 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
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
- 8:50 AM Day & Extended Day Campers arrive, stretch
- 9:00 AM Opening Comments and Discussion
- 9:15 AM Pool Session 1
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 PM Supervised Free Time
- 1:30 PM Pool Session 2 & Dry land exercises
- 4:00 PM Day Campers depart
For over 35 years, Cleveland State's natatorium has earned its place among the elite swimming facilities in the United States and has enjoyed a rich history of championships and outstanding swimmers.