Nike Swim Camp at Transylvania University
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Come join Head Swimming Coach Dave Doolin this summer 2023 at the Nike Swim Camp at Transylvania University! Camp 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.
Transylvania University is located in the heart of Lexington, Kentucky. Campers train each day at the William T. Young Center's six-lane, NCAA competition-size swimming used by Transylvania's swimming and diving team.
Extra Starts & Turns Clinic:
You also have the option to add the Extra Starts & Turns Clinic to make your camp experience a 5 day camp at each session!
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.
- June 11-14: Overnight camp
- June 26-29: Day camp 9:00am-4:00pm
- Ages 9-18
- Stroke technique refinement for competitive swimming
- Low camper to staff ratio
- Small group and individual stroke analysis/instruction
- Every camper receives a Nike Camp T-shirt and Nike Swim Cap
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Camp Director Dave Doolin
Dave Doolin enters his fourth year as the head swimming and diving coach at Transylvania for the 2020-21 season. Since his arrival at Transylvania in the summer of 2017, Doolin has rapidly constructed a championship-caliber program that continues a steady regional rise and through the HCAC.View Dave Doolin's Bio ⟩
Doolin’s most recent season guiding the Pioneers saw new milestones across the board for Transylvania swimming and diving. In 2019-20, Doolin directed the Transylvania women’s swimming and diving team to its best finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, taking runner-up honors and fielding two individual conference champions. Doolin and his coaching staff were recognized in 2020 as he received HCAC Coach of the Year Honors for women’s swimming and diving. Doolin also guided the Transylvania men’s swimming and diving team to a fourth-place finish at last year’s conference championships as the Pioneers continued their ascent as one of the top teams in the region and a conference championship contender.
Doolin’s ability to develop and maximize talent was once again on display last season as senior Mattie Fogle defended her HCAC title in the women’s 1650 yard freestyle while junior Drew Dodds captured the conference crown in the men’s 100 yard breaststroke championship event. Doolin also reaped rewards in the reinstallation of a diving program at Transy last year as three Pioneer women’s divers all finished in the top-10 at the conference championship with two of the three earning runner-up and third place honors in the women’s 3-meter dive, pushing the Pioneers to their team second-place finish at conference.
The Pioneers displayed growth in all facets in 2019-20 under Doolin as the women’s swimming and diving team captured their 10th consecutive CSCAA Scholar All-America Honors, winning the award for both the fall and spring sessions.
In his second season as the head coach of the Pioneers, Doolin guided the Pioneer women’s swimming and diving team to six head-to-head victories over opponents while spurring the Pioneers to a combined win in conference competition versus Anderson in 2018-19. A promising season culminated in junior Sarah Haerle repeating as the women’s 200 breaststroke conference champion at the 2019 HCAC Championships in Terre Haute while Fogle delivered her first individual championship in the women’s 1650 freestyle event.
Doolin also displayed his fostering of the men’s program with Dodds eclipsing a new program record in the men’s 200 breaststroke, setting a new record time of 2:06.99 in the prelims. The 2019 HCAC Championships were a watershed week for the Pioneers, who recorded a slew of top-4 finishes under Doolin to signify the latest steps in the ascent of the program.
Before coming to Transylvania in 2018, Doolin coached at nearby Tates Creek High School in Lexington where he completed a decorated seven-year career.
Doolin enjoyed a budding first year at Transylvania that included the successes of multiple underclassmen, including Haerle, who captured the HCAC Championship in the women’s 200-yard breaststroke and the women’s 100-yard breaststroke, and earning All-HCAC First Team honors. Eight other Pioneers in addition received All-HCAC postseason recognition during Doolin’s first season with the Pioneers.
Under Doolin’s guidance, the Pioneers women’s swim team placed third at the inaugural HCAC Championship in 2018 and posted the highest GPA of all Division III women’s swim teams in the country last season.
While with Tates Creek, Doolin also coached the Lexington Dolphins swim team, a Lexington-based nonprofit club for swimmers aged 6-18 sanctioned by USA Swimming. Past swimmers with the Dolphins have gone on to compete at regional and national levels, including USA Junior Nationals, USA Nationals, and U.S. Olympic Trials. Doolin has served in a coaching capacity with the Dolphins since 1999.
Doolin’s resume illustrates a pattern of developing swimmers to their highest potential, a blueprint he aspires to replicate at Transylvania. “Each swimmer is an individual, and I’m going to give every individual what they need to succeed, and that will be different for everybody,” Doolin describes as one of his core philosophies. “I consider myself a swimmer’s coach and I want to get the best out of each of them.”
Swimmers who have trained under Doolin have competed at the 2000, 2008, and 2012 US Olympic trials.
Prior to his tenure with Tates Creek High School, Doolin was the head swimming coach at Lexington’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School from 2002-2007.
As a high school swimming coach, Doolin’s efforts have earned him the Kentucky Swimming Coach of the Year award in 2001, the Kentucky State High School Girls Coach of the Year award in 2017, the Region 8 Girls Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2016, the Region 8 Boys Coach of the Year in 2016, and the State High School Boys Coach of the Year in 2005. Since 2001, Doolin has won seven Kentucky regional coach of the year awards.
Doolin’s wide range of involvement with swimming in the state of Kentucky entails serving on the Kentucky Swimming Board of Directors since 2001. As part of the board, Doolin has worked in an assortment of roles, including program operations, coaches’ representative, program development, and as a Senior Vice-Chair from 2010 until 2016. At the conclusion of his tenure as Vice-Chair, Doolin transitioned into another tour of duty as a coaches’ representative.
Doolin holds memberships with USA Swimming, the American Swimming Coaches Association, and the National Interscholastic Swim Coach Association.
Staff Keaton Koukis
Keaton Koukis is in her fourth season with the Transylvania swimming and diving program as the Associate Head Coach for the 2020-2021 season and her ninth season overall with the program.View Keaton Koukis's Bio ⟩
During Koukis’s time at Transylvania, 19 different individual and relay records have been rewritten along with 18 Conference Champions and 1 National Qualifier. Koukis and the Pioneers reached new marks in the most recent season of 2019-20 when the Pioneer women’s swimming and diving team finished as the runner-up at the 2019-20 HCAC Swimming and Diving Championships; the Transylvania coaching staff was chosen as the Coaching Staff of the Year for HCAC women’s swimming and diving.
Following the 2017-2018 season, the women’s swimming and diving team had the highest GPA in the country for Division III women’s programs.
In her first season with Transylvania in 2012-13, Koukis served as the volunteer assistant before assuming the responsibilities of Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach for the 2013-14 season.
During the 2013-2014 season, the Pioneers coaching staff was awarded the OAC Women’s coaching staff of the year award. In 2014-15, she took the reins as the full-time assistant for the Pioneers, the same season in which the Pioneers’ first female swimmer qualified for NCAA Division III Nationals for the first time in program history.
She then took over the program as Head Coach during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season, two seasons where the Pioneers excelled both in the classroom and in the pool.
In her first season as Head Coach (2015-2016), both the Men’s and Women’s teams received the CSCAA Academic All-America Award for maintaining above a 3.0 team GPA.
Originally from Peachtree City, Ga., Koukis coached her area summer league team for five years prior to her time at Transylvania.
Koukis graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio where she majored in biology and was a four-year letter winner for the Tigers. While at Wittenberg, she became the school record holder in the 100 and 200 butterfly, and in her senior year she was named women’s team captain and was an NCAA National Qualifier/All-American as a member of the 200 medley relay.
Koukis earned a master’s in exercise physiology from the University of Kentucky in 2014.
This summer, Transylvania is offering one week of overnight camp with an extended day camp option (9:00am-9:00pm) for ages 14-18 and one week of day camp (9:00am-4:00pm) for ages 9-14. Campers will be introduced to drills and techniques that provide a competitive edge to each swimmer. 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.
2023 OVERVIEW OVERNIGHT CAMP
- Dates: June 11-14
- Age Group: 14-18
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Overnight, Extended Day (commuter)
- Check-in: Check-in takes place between 3:30-4:00pm on Sunday at Transylvania University Dorm Parking. There will be a camp orientation meeting at 4:00pm and parents are welcome to join their campers for this meeting. A detailed schedule for the week will be provided at that time. Extended Day Campers will depart that evening at 8:30 p.m. after swimming, dinner and orientation.
- Check-out: There will be a closing ceremony at 10:30am on Wednesday with check-out immediately following. Exact time and location of the camp closing ceremony will be confirmed by the camp director on the first day of camp.
- Day Schedule: SUN 4:30PM-8:30PM, MON-TUE 9AM-8:30PM, WED 9AM-10:30AM **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 Advanced Stroke Technique Camp is a 75/25 blend of technical and physical conditioning taught at a faster pace and includes a higher intensity training that is perfect for club swimmers, high school swimmers, and those that are interested in swimming in college. There are lectures and discussions on sports nutrition, sports psychology, and other topics. Campers receive advanced technical instruction in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts, turns, and relay exchanges. Each camper is instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers should be able to swim 300 yards without stopping and at least 50 yards of each stroke.
- Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic: For an additional $150, campers are invited to stay an additional night to focus on the mechanics of their starts and turns. This is commonly the best way for age group swimmers to improve their times, so be sure to add this clinic to your camp order on step two of the registration process. Campers participating in the starts and turns clinic will be provided lunch and dinner on Wednesday with two pool sessions, and will checkout between 9:00am-9:30am on Thursday, June 15th.
2023 OVERVIEW DAY CAMP
- Dates: June 26-29
- Age Group: 9-14
- Gender: Coed
- Camp Type: Day Camp
- Schedule: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Thursday
- Check-In: 8:30am at Transylvania University Dorm Parking.
- Lunch: Lunch is not provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
- Program: During the Stroke Technique program swimmers will receive detailed instruction on technique in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts, turns, and relay exchanges. Each camper will be instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers should be able to swim 100 yards without stopping and at least 25 yards of freestyle and breaststroke.
- Extra Starts & Turns Clinic: We are offering a supplemental “starts and turns” clinic this summer at each session. For an additional $100, campers are invited to stay an additional day to focus on the mechanics of their starts and turns. This is commonly the best way for age group swimmers to improve their times, so be sure to add this clinic to your camp order on step two of the registration process.
Transylvania University Dorm Parking
N Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508
- Dorm: Poole Hall
- 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 - OVERNIGHT CAMP?
- Instruction: Morning, afternoon, and evening training sessions
- Overnight campers: Dormitory housing on campus and all meals are provided.
- Extended Day campers: Lunch and dinner are provided for all Extended Day (commuter) campers.
- 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.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FEE - DAY CAMP?
- Instruction: Morning and afternoon training sessions
- Supervision: Campers are supervised by staff during camp hours.
- Camp T-shirt & Prizes: Campers 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: William T. Young Center
- 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!
OVERNIGHT CAMPERS (JUNE 11-14)
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 3 nights/4 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 ($50)
- Linens (XL 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 (JUNE 11-14)
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 – 9:00am-9:00pm. Lunch and dinner is provided.
- Thursday: Extended Day Camper Hours - 9:00-11:00am. Check-out is immediately after the camp concludes.
DAY CAMPERS (JUNE 26-29)
LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING: Swimsuit(s), Swim Goggles, Swim cap(s), Towels (2), T-shirts, Shorts, Water Bottle, Running Shoes, Jacket, Lunch each day
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.
Please click "More Details" below for more information on each program. At each camp our camp staff will do their best to accommodate your needs, keeping in consideration your experience and desire to improve.Show Less See More Camp Details
OVERNIGHT CAMP AMENITIES
• Dates: June 11-14 (SUN-WED)
• 3 nights lodging • All meals
• Nightly recreational activities
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Optional add-on Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic (WED/THURS)
EXTENDED DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Option for those who do not want to stay overnight in the dorm
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Camp hours: SUN 4:30PM-8:30PM, MON-TUE 9AM-8:30PM, WED 9AM-10:30AM **Times subject to change
• Optional add-on Starts & Turns Clinic (WED/THURS)
DAY CAMP AMENITIES
• Dates: June 26-29 (MON-THURS)
• Camp hours: 9:00AM-4:00PM
• Nike Camp T-shirt & Nike Swim Cap
• Optional add-on Starts & Turns Clinic (FRI)
OVERNIGHT CAMP (JUNE 11-14)
ADVANCED STROKE TECHNIQUE CAMP (AGES 14-18): This advanced stroke technique camp is a 75/25 blend of technical and physical conditioning taught at a faster pace and includes a higher intensity training that is perfect for club swimmers, high school swimmers, and those that are interested in swimming in college. There are lectures and discussions on sports nutrition, sports psychology, and other topics. Campers receive advanced technical instruction in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts, turns, and relay exchanges. Each camper is instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers should be able to swim 300 yards without stopping and at least 50 yards of each stroke.
Extra Night Starts & Turns Clinic: For an additional $150, campers are invited to stay an additional night to focus on the mechanics of their starts and turns. This is commonly the best way for age group swimmers to improve their times, so be sure to add this clinic to your camp order on step two of the registration process. Campers participating in the starts and turns clinic will be provided lunch and dinner on Wednesday with two pool sessions, and will checkout between 9:00am-9:30am on Thursday, June 15th.
DAY CAMP (JUNE 26-29)
COMPLETE STROKE TECHNIQUE CAMP (AGES 9-14): During the complete stroke technique camps swimmers will receive detailed instruction on technique in all four competitive strokes, as well as starts, turns, and relay exchanges. Each camper will be instructed in small groups with other swimmers of similar skill level by the camp director, coaches, and counselors. Campers should be able to swim 100 yards without stopping and at least 25 yards of freestyle and breaststroke.
LIST OF ITEMS TO BRING: Swimsuit(s), Swim Goggles, Swim cap(s), Towels (2), T-shirts, Shorts, Water Bottle, Running Shoes, Jacket, Lunch each day
EXTRA DAY STARTS & TURNS CLINIC: We are offering a supplemental “starts and turns” clinic this summer at each session. For an additional $100, campers are invited to stay an additional day to focus on the mechanics of their starts and turns. This is commonly the best way for age group swimmers to improve their times, so be sure to add this clinic to your camp order on step two of the registration process.
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
- 9:00 AM Campers Check-In
- 9:15 AM Pool Session 1
- 11:30 AM Lunch
- 12:30 PM Discussion/Stretching
- 1:30 PM Dry Land Exercises
- 2:00 PM Pool Session 2
- 4:00 PM Campers Depart
William T. Young Center
Transylvania's new, $29.6 million campus center, will house student organizations, a new Olympic weight lifting facility, new swimming & diving locker rooms, student services, dining, and much more. The six-lane, NCAA competition-size swimming and diving facility which is also housed in this space is used by Transylvania's swimming and diving team as well as the Transylvania triathlon team.
June 30, 2023: My son really enjoyed the time they spent watching swimming races and Coach Dave talked about the strokes.
June 17, 2022: Coaches were able to relate to each camper and give some individual time to each camper
June 17, 2022: My daughter's swim skills really improved after this camp. She really enjoyed herself.
July 17, 2023: The highlight for my granddaughter was her coach and swimming at GA Tech.
June 17, 2022: Learning tips to improve, meeting new friends and having fun swimming!
June 17, 2022: Learning new techniques and working with college level coaches!
June 30, 2023: The drills that were more fun, ex the cup drill, relays etc
June 30, 2023: This was a great experience for my child.
July 3, 2023: Learning new techniques to improve speed
June 30, 2023: Being in the pool working to get better
July 1, 2023: Starts and turns, campus visit
June 19, 2023: Skill improvements
he enjoyed the environment
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