Nike Swim Camp at Saint Vincent College
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Located a short drive east from the Pittsburgh Metro Area, the Nike Swim Cam at Saint Vincent College offers competitive swimmers from Pittsburgh and beyond, a 4 night and 5 day camp on the beautiful private campus grounds in Latrobe, PA. Come work on your stroke technique this summer in the Frank and Elizabeth Resnik Pool, a 25 yard x 6 lane training facility and home to the SVC Bearcat men’s and women’s swimming teams.
This camp is not a “learn to swim” program; it is designed for competitive swimmers ages 10-18 looking to improve their strokes, starts and turns. Camp will be limited to 48 campers so we encourage you to register soon!
The Nike Swim Camp at Saint Vincent 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
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- 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 Josh Gurekovich
Directing camp this summer at Saint Vincent College is head swimming coach Josh Gurekovich.View Josh Gurekovich's Bio ⟩
In 2013, he was honored by his peers, named Women's Coach of the Year in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. In 2016, Gurekovich led the Bearcat women to their best finish in program history, tying for second place at the annual PAC Championships.
Prior to SVC's joining of the NCAA, Coach Gurekovich qualified 13 swimmers for the NAIA national meet. As members of the NCAA and the Presidents' Athletic Conference, both the men's and women's squads continue to perform well, setting many new school records each season. Gurekovich came to Saint Vincent after coaching two powerful NCAA Division III teams, Westminster (Pa.) and Colby Colleges.
While at Westminster, he helped guide three swimmers to the NCAA national meet where they placed in the top 16 in each of their respective events during the 1999-2000 season. He then went on to Colby College where in the first year he helped the women’s team to their highest finish in the NESCAC Conference meet placing fourth. They also had multiple national qualifiers.
He then returned to Westminster for the 2003-04 season, and the Westminster women finished the year with the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship while the men finished a close second. Gurekovich has coached 27 national qualifiers in NCAA D-II, D-III, and NAIA during his coaching career both as an assistant and head coach. He has also worked with 8 All-Americans and one national champion.
In addition to these coaching accolades he is a two-time NAIA National qualifier, an All-American in the 800 Free Relay, and a member of the 1999 GLIAC Conference Champion swim team. A 1999 graduate of Westminster College, Gurekovich earned his degree in History with a Secondary Education minor.
Assistant Coach Jake Dacus
Jake Dacus joined the SVC swimming staff as an assistant coach in August of 2016. Dacus comes to Saint Vincent from Renton, Washington. He was a 2015 graduate from Pacific Lutheran University inView Jake Dacus's Bio ⟩
Jake Dacus joined the SVC swimming staff as an assistant coach in August of 2016.
Dacus comes to Saint Vincent from Renton, Washington. He was a 2015 graduate from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Dacus was a four-year swimmer for the Lutes, who also compete at the NCAA Division III Level in the Northwest Conference.
Dacus spent the last year coaching with the Valley Aquatics Swim Team, working with a variety of different age groups. He also worked with the Fairwood Barracudas summer swim team, starting in 2013.
This summer, Saint Vincent College is offering one session of overnight with an Extended day camp option (9:00am-9:00pm) for ages 10-18. Upon arrival at camp, campers are placed in groups with other swimmers having similar abilities and goals.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 4 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: SUN 1PM-9PM, MON-WED 9AM-9PM, THURS 9AM-12AM
• Sprint Training Emphasis ages 13-18
• Stroke Technique Emphasis ages 10-18
Please click "More Details" below for more information on each program. At camp our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.
SPRINT TRAINING EMPHASIS
The Sprint Training emphasis is designed to take your sprint events to the next level. Led by Saint Vincent College's Head Swim Coach Josh Gurekovich, athletes will learn the same drills the team uses that has produced All-Americans, NCAA National Qualifiers, and Conference Champions in all strokes. The sprint camp will have a high focus on generating speed and power in all four strokes, starts and turns.
Campers will have daily training sessions in the pool, as well educational classroom experiences. Classroom sessions will be used to discuss and analyze the different techniques needed to become a premier sprinter. In the pool athletes will learn highly technical drills, and utilize specialized sprinting equipment that will teach campers the keys to generating more speed and power during racing. All major components of sprint races will be discussed including, starts, turns, finishes and race strategies.
The sprint camp is open to all swimmers ages 13-18 although it is designed for swimmers with A times or faster based on the USA Swimming Time Standards.
STROKE TECHNIQUE EMPHASIS
Learn to swim faster and more efficiently! In this complete stroke technique camp swimmers will receive detailed instruction on technique in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts and turns. Each camper will be instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors.
Campers will have daily training sessions in the pool, as well educational classroom experiences. Classroom sessions will be used to discuss and analyze the different techniques needed to become a better swimmer. In the pool the goals of the coaching staff are teaching the correct and fastest methods for all four strokes, starts, turns and finishes. We base the different forms of instruction on the age and the experience of each camper.
The training camp is open to age group and senior-level swimmers, ages 10-18, who currently compete at a local, regional, state, or national level.
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.
All campers check-in at SAINT BENEDICT HALL on Sunday, June 16th (No lunch on first day).
- Overnight Campers – between 11:30-12:30pm
- Extended Day Campers – between 12:00-12:30pm
The last session will take place Thursday morning, June 20th. Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp. Overnight campers check-out from the dorms between 11:30-12:30pm.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers stay 2-per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. If you have a roommate request, and have not already given it to us, please do so no later than 10 days before the start of camp. 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.
- DORM: Saint Benedict Hall
- BATHROOMS: shared
- LINENS: Not provided
- AIR CONDITIONING: Yes - DORM IS AIR-CONDITIONED
- SUGGESTED SPENDING MONEY: $40
- MEDICAL FACILITY: a certified trainer will be on staff at all times
The staff live 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.
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 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
- 5:00 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Pool Session 3 or Evening Activities
- 9:00 pm Extended Day Campers depart
- 9:30 pm Supervised free time in Dorm
- 10:00 pm Lights out!
Saint Vincent College
The Frank and Elizabeth Resnik pool opened its doors in the Spring of 1993. This six-lane, 25-yard facility is the home of the Bearcat men’s and women’s swimming program. The pool is known campus wide for its beautiful wood ceiling and multiple skylights.
During the 2005-06 school year, pool renovations occurred to improve the facility's capability to host swim meets and the overall enjoyment for the campus community. These improvements include the installation of custom made Keifer starting blocks, a new heater and air filtration unit, and the installation of an in-deck Colorado timing system with a 6-line scoreboard display.
Camp Questions & Answers
How will my swimmer be grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at Saint Vincent, 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
June 22, 2018: My son loved the camp at St. Vincent. The coaches and counselors were very encouraging and friendly! He is already asking if he can go back to this camp next year!
— Chris S., Parent
July 16, 2017: The camp was well organized with expert coaches. It had a good balance of swimming/dry land and other activities with new and interesting swimming drills. The camp councilors were fun and welcoming. The venue was great and easy to commute to and from. Our daughter also loved the food!
— Hailey .P. Parent
July 16, 2017: My daughter said they were able to critic her strokes and with positive feedback on how to improve it. I would pick her up every day and she was never ready to leave. The campus is beautiful and safe!
— Dennis J. Parent
July 14, 2017: My son loved meeting all the campers, coaches, and the counselors. Everyone were very friendly and the coaches were helpful with critiques for all the strokes. Came home with a renewed love for competitive swimming and with great friends!
— Alyssa C. Parent
July 12, 2017: My son attended this camp as somewhat of a beginner. His primary sport is cross country and he was looking to become a competitive swimmer. This camp was exactly what he needed. He made great friends that ran with him and also helped him advance his swim technique. He came home more excited about swimming and with so many friends!
— Amy M. Parent