Nike Swim Camp at Seattle University
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Seattle University, located in downtown Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, hosts its 13th annual Nike Swim Camp in 2019. With state-of-the-art facilities and an excellent coaching staff headed by Craig Nisgor, the Head Men's and Women's Swim coach at Seattle University, come see why this has been a camper favorite for the past 12 summers.
Instruction takes place at SU’s Redhawk Center, the home of TWO indoor 25-yard x 6 lane pools. 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.
The Nike Swim Camp at Seattle 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.
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Low camper to staff ratio
- Two daily water sessions; one daily dry-land session
- 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 Craig Nisgor
Directing camp is Craig Nisgor, in 2018-19, Coach Nisgor begins his eighth season as the head coach of the Seattle University men's and women's swimming teams.View Craig Nisgor's Bio & Swim Tips ⟩
Nisgor has led SU through its transition to Division I, as the Redhawks have established themselves in the Western Athletic Conference. In his tenure, Seattle U has set 78 school records. Nisgor has had two U.S. Olympic Trial and World Championship Trial qualifiers (Blaise Wittenauer-Lee and Kevlyn Richards) and the program's first-ever NCAA Championships-qualifier (Wittenauer-Lee). Out of the pool, SU has had success as well, with Nisgor landing one First Team and nine Honorable Mention Academic All-Americans in his time at Seattle U.
The 2017-18 campaign saw the Redhawks record eight school records and 47 total all-time top-ten performances. The SU women claimed their first-ever win over a Pac-12 program, taking down Oregon State, 143-116, at the Redhawk Center. Jack Baldoni led the men's side, logging an NCAA 'B' cut in the 100 butterfly on his way to Honorable Mention Academic All-American status. Paige Treff paced the women, setting three school records at the 2018 WAC Championships and taking home a bronze medal in the 50 freestyle. Overall, 94 percent of the men and women notched new lifetime-best efforts in at least one event on the season.
In 2016-17, Nisgor oversaw strong seasons for both the men and the women, as both teams recorded winning records in dual competition. Blaise Wittenauer-Lee concluded a fantastic career, becoming the first Redhawk swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships. She won WAC Female Swimmer of the Year after taking gold in three individual events at the 2017 WAC Championships. Seattle U went 7-1 in eight meets at the Connolly Complex and collected five medals at the WAC meet in Houston. The Redhawks notched 18 program records, 34 all-time top-10 efforts, and 50 personal-best swims on the season.
On the men's side, SU set five program records and tallied 29 individual top-10 times. The Redhawks won four home meets, including the program’s first victory over CSU Bakersfield on Nov. 5. They also claimed a pair of wins over Simon Fraser, including a 138-65 blowout of the Clan on Jan. 21. The margin marked the largest in the matchup’s history.
Seattle U was at its best, though, at the 2017 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championships. It set three individual school records, two relay records, and recorded 40 personal-best times.
In the 2015-16 season, Nisgor coached Wittenauer-Lee, the program's first WAC champion. Wittenauer-Lee won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke at the WAC Championships and later qualified for the Olympic Trials that year. He coached both the men's and women's teams to 12 new school records.
The 2014-15 season saw SU break 13 school records, as Bart Wanot set program marks in both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Wittenauer-Lee put up an NCAA 'B' cut in the 200 breaststroke at the WAC Championships. As a team, the Redhawks entered 46 new times in the program's then-all-time top-five list.
The Redhawk swimmers continued their assault on the record books and all-time top 10 times lists in 2013-14. On the men's side, the Redhawks pulled out a dual meet victory over longtime rival Simon Fraser, and Nic Morrell earned CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors for posting an NCAA "B" cut time in the 200 backstroke as well as having a GPA over 3.5. For the women, Nisgor guided a young team to numerous personal best marks.
In the 2012-2013 swim season, the women's team competed in the WAC while the men continued to compete in the MPSF conference. Kevlyn Richards qualified for the World Championship Trials and broke the school record in the breaststroke at the WAC championships. Men's swimming member Thomas Mendez-Beck also broke a seven-year school record in the butterfly, and the men's team had 10 student-athletes receive MPSF All-Academic honors. The Western Athletic Conference reinstated men's swimming and diving for the 2013-2014 season.
He stabilized the Seattle U swim program, helping the team post at least one time within the all-time top ten lists for every event. He also coached Kevlyn Richards to a qualifying time for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Nisgor joined Brown's coaching staff in July 2007 as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, involved with all aspects of the Bears program including on-deck coaching, administrative duties, pool management, and season planning. Nisgor helped coach Brown's first Academic All-American in program history as well as three qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Trials as the Bears set 28 school records and established 25 percent of the all-time top 10 times over the past four years.
Nisgor came to Brown from the University of Alabama, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons. While at Alabama, he experienced a great deal of success as he helped coach a two-time NCAA 200 breaststroke champion, the 2006 200 breaststroke world champion, and 22 All-Americans.
From 2000-2003, Nisgor was the top assistant coach at Davidson College, helping the Wildcats establish 19 new school records and post 40 percent of the program's all-time top-10 performances. Nisgor has also spent time as an assistant coach at American University (2000), the University of Virginia (1999), Ball State (1996-98), and the University of Buffalo (1995-96).
Nisgor earned a bachelor's degree in exercise studies with a concentration in athletic training from the University of Buffalo in 1996. He went on to earn a master's degree in athletic administration from Ball State in 1998.
Swim Tips by Craig Nisgor:
This summer, Seattle U is offering one session of day camp (9:00am-5:15pm) and one session of overnight camp with a day camp (9:00am-5:15pm) option for ages 9-18. 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.
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch • Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-5:15PM, WED 4 9AM-12PM
DAY ONLY CAMP AMENITIES
• Lunch • Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: MON-WED 9AM-5:15PM, THURS 4 9AM-12PM
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 in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.
Session I Day Only (June 17-20)
- Check-in takes place between 8:30-9:00am on Monday, June 17th.
- A Closing Ceremony will take place at 11:30am on Thursday, June 20th.
- Day Camper Schedule: MON-WED 9AM-5:15PM, THURS 4 9AM-12PM
Session II (June 23-26)
- Check-in takes place between 1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday, June 23rd.
- A Closing Ceremony will take place at 11:30am on Thursday, June 26th.
HOUSING & ROOMMATES
Campers stay 2 per room and are assigned by age and roommate requests. 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: Campion Hall
LINENS: Not provided
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.
Day Campers Session II
- Check-in takes place between 1:30pm-2:00pm. All day campers are invited to stay until 9:00pm on the first day with dinner included.
- A Closing Ceremony will take place at 11:30am on Wednesday. Check-out immediately following
- Day Camper Schedule: SUN 2PM-9PM, MON-TUE 9AM-5:15PM, WED 4 9AM-12PM
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.
SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE: 1 scholarship available for day camp each summer. Requirements - 1. Essay from camper about why they should receive the scholarship. 2. Documentation from school for free or reduced lunch. 3. Send applications to Craig Nisgor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 am Wake-up
- 8:00 am Breakfast
- 8:45 am Day Campers Arrive
- 9:00 am Pool Session 1 - Drills and Skills
- 10:00 am Lecture
- 10:45 am Pool Session 2 - Continue Stroke Technique
- 11:40 am Dryland Exercises
- 12:15 pm Lunch
- 1:00 pm Free Time
- 2:00 pm Pool Session 3 - Drills and Skills
- 3:00 pm Lecture
- 3:40 pm Pool Session 4 - Continue Stroke Technique
- 4:40 pm Camp Sprints
- 5:15 pm Day Campers Depart
- 5:30 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Supervised Activities (Skit night, Movie night, etc.)
- 10:00 pm Overnight Campers to rooms, lights out!
SU is the home of one of the finest Natatoriums in Seattle. Located in the Redhawk Center, our two indoor 25 yard pools serve Seattle University’s Men’s and Women’s Division I-A varsity swim teams as well as facilitate traditional and trending recreational, fitness and educational opportunities for the SU community.
Camp Questions & Answers
How are swimmers grouped at camp?
Upon arrival at Seattle U, 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
Learned A Lot!
June 28, 2018: My daughter loved the coaches and the time they spent in the pool and out of the pool with them. She learned a lot, she can’t wait to go back next year!
— Erin O., Parent
July 10, 2017: We were nervous because that was the first being away from home. My daughter had a wonderful experience and felt the coaches were very nice and supportive. We only wish the camp was longer because we loved it so much! Keep up the good work!
— Liz Z. Parent
July 10, 2017: My son had a an amazing time at camp and learned so much in such a short time. Most importantly he was able to take what he learned and instantly incorporate changes to his technique and practices.
— Sean S. Parent
July 9, 2017: My son loved the food and the coaches. The only thing he would change was the temperature of the pool, it was a little cold for him.
— Debbie B. Parent
July 9, 2017: My daughter hasn't stopped talking about it, she had a blast! She absolutely loved the coaches and making new friends. She already asked to come back next summer.
— Michelle V. Parent
June 28, 2017: My 9 year old really enjoyed camp! Her favorite part was the food and the lectures! So much for for her to be around college swimmers who inspired her to continue in swimming and keep getting better.
— Martha R. Parent
So much fun!
June 28, 2017: My daughter enjoyed the pool sessions with the coaching as well as socializing activities afterwards. This camp is the real deal!
— Celeste E. Parent
Great way to improve techniques!
June 27, 2017: I feel that I am now a much stronger swimmer after attending this camp. I was able to take away techniques I may not have had before! Thank you for such a great opportunity
— Charlie K. Camper
June 27, 2017: This was an excellent camp for my child she had fun met new friends and I can already tell she has learned so much! She will definitely be attending this camp next year and hopefully bringing some of her teammates. She said she learned so much from all aspects of the camp and she is so grateful to have had the chance to attend!
— Monica R. Parent
Loved the dryland workouts
June 27, 2017: The dry-land workouts were a highlight for my son. He loved learning new things to do on his own to improve his endurance!
— Patricia A. Parent
July 15, 2016: The Nike Swim Camp at Seattle U was awesome! The low swimmer to coach ratio and the friendly coaches made my son's experience one for the books. They spent time working with him on his turns and gave him the edge he needed! All I could hear from him in the car ride home was that he couldn't wait to come back next summer. Thanks Nike!
— Laura V. Parent
July 15, 0216: The classroom technique instructions were great and so was the in water instruction. My daughter said that everything she learned is going to help her so much and that she could not wait to go back and swim with her team. Can't wait to see her improvements this year!
— Brittany T. Parent
Learned a lot!
July 14, 2016: My son learned a lot about his stroke technique. He had a meet that weekend and dropped 9 seconds on his 200 free which he'd raced only two months before!! Cheers!
— Elena M. Parent
Great quality camp!
June 29, 2016: Program was well thought out, organized and balanced with in and out of pool training. The staff was very friendly and personable. Great overall experience for the camper who is looking to improve but to also have a great time and make new friends while doing it. We are already looking forward to next year.
— Madison T. Parent
July 8, 2015: This camp was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much and made so many new friends. We all keep in touch and it’s a great way to meet new people. My times have improved so much and I am winning my events with less trouble. This has been so great. Thank you to all the counselors and coaches!
— Joshua C. Camper
July 8, 2015: My son attended this swim camp with a friend, and they both loved it! When I picked them up at the end, the first thing they said was that they wanted to come back next summer. I appreciated the safe environment, the fun and energetic atmosphere, and the skill with which the coaches taught swimmers.
— Shae F. Parent
June 30, 2015: I enjoyed the Nike Swim Camp at Seattle U. We did some fun new drills that are different from the usual ones that we do at my swim club. Watching video of the best swimmers in America like Michael Phelps and Rebecca Soni was interesting and helpful.
— Ashley H. Camper
June 30, 2015: I LOVED CAMP! Not only did I love the swimming but I also loved the activities we did after meals. The camp provided me the opportunity to make some great friends and learn new techniques that I can take with me into next season. Thank you Nike Swim Camps!
— Cody S. Camper
June 29, 2015: This is the first swim camp my son has ever attended. He loved it. His first comments after the camp were "can I go again next year."
— Kiara L. Parent
Best Time Ever!
July 9, 2014: I had the best time ever! It was my first overnight camp and I was really nervous, but by the end I didn't want to leave!
— Rebecca P. Camper
June 29, 2014: Nike did a great job as always. We have been sending our daughter there for the past three years, and always feel 100% confident in the coaches ability to teach, supervise, and provide fun for the students.
— Zachary H. Parent
June 28, 2014: Really enjoyed the quality of instruction, one on one attention, and the location.
— Jessica C. Camper