Swim Camp for Competitive Swimmers
July 8-13, 2018
APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 1, 2018
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This exciting week-long, co-ed summer camp is for swimmers entering grades 7-12 who swim competitively. (Campers MUST be at least 12 years old by start of camp). Designed to enhance the technical aspects of stroke, training, and the strategies needed for each camper to compete at the top level of competitive swimming, the program includes:
- Technical instruction
- Stretching and dry land training
- Training principles
- Stroke development
- Additional advanced workouts available for competitive swimmers who are in training
- Practice sessions held in a 25-yard indoor competition pool, located in Alfred University's McLane Center
- Each athlete will be videotaped and receive a DVD with stroke analysis
- Fun recreational activities
- Camp T-shirt
The camp is directed by Brian Striker, Head Coach of Swimming and Diving at AU. Coach Striker was one of the top swimmers in the program’s history while a student at the University, earning All-American certification five times. He returned to the University in 2002 to coach the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. In his twelve years at the helm of the men’s team, he has guided the Saxons to four Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championships and five Empire 8 Conference championship titles.
Striker is a five-time UNYSCSA and Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year. Athletes he has coached have won 142 Empire 8 individual and relay events and 54 UNYSCSA individual and relay events. He shares the school record for consecutive men’s dual-meet coaching victories (28, from 2005-2009). He has coached six All-Americans at AU, and 31 individual and 15 relay school records have been set. In 2010, Coach Striker was inducted into the Alfred University Athletic Hall of Fame. This is his 13th year as Swim Camp Director.
The beautiful Alfred University campus offers modern buildings and facilities, a 25-yard indoor competition pool, classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment, pleasant residence halls and dining rooms and lots of open spaces.
When not in training sessions, campers enjoy planned recreational activities such as indoor and outdoor games, movies, social gatherings at the Terra Cotta Coffee House and a farewell party on the last night. Living, dining and learning together, campers have ample opportunity to get to know each other and develop lasting friendships. Check out some comments from former campers.
The camp begins with registration and check-in on Sunday from 2-4 PM, followed by dinner, a campus tour and ice-breaker activities. During the week, swimmers attend camp sessions during the day and enjoy recreational activities each evening. The program concludes on Friday, after lunch, and campers check out between 1:00 and 2:00 PM. View camp schedule.
Sample Daily Schedule*
6:30 AM Optional Advanced Workout for Swimmers in Training
7:30 AM Morning Practice
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Drills & Workout
12:00 PM Lunch & Free Time
1:30 PM Afternoon Practice
5:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Organized Recreational Activities
10:00 PM Quiet Hours Begin
*Please note, this schedule is subject to change. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all who enroll.
What to Bring:
Each camper must bring a swimming suit, towel, swim cap, fins, goggles and his/her own pillow, blanket and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens to fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds).
When campers are not with the coaches, they are supervised by specially-trained Camp Counselors who serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.
Housing and Meals:
Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room). Males and females are housed in separate halls. Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.
Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.
- Residential camp fee: $505 per person covers room and board from Sunday dinner through Friday lunch, individualized and group instruction, as well as additional organized activities, a camp T-shirt, and a fun-filled week. (The full camp fee, minus any applicable discounts, must be submitted electronically with the enrollment form.)
- Commuter rate: $405 (includes breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday) Campers who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and then arrive on campus by 7:30 AM during the week for morning practice and be picked up no later than 5:00 PM. (Exception: Commuter pick-up time on Friday is 1:00 PM)
- Team discount: If three or more swimmers from the same school or team enroll in the camp, they will receive a discount of $25 per person. (To be eligible, the same team name must be filled in on each enrollment form.)
- Early bird discount: Campers who enroll before May 1, 2018, will receive a $10 early bird discount.
Further details and directions will be sent to all campers upon our receipt of their enrollment form and payment.
Financial Aid :
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for campers in any of our summer programs.
How to Enroll - Online Enrollment Form
Enrollment Deadline: May 1, 2018
Campers will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited and this camp fills up fast, so it is a good idea to enroll as early as possible. Swimmers who wish to enroll must complete and return the enrollment form, along with full payment of the camp fee, by May 1, 2018.
Swimmers who enroll will receive, along with their acceptance letter, instructions on where to find and download all required camp materials including a swimming experience questionnaire, medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc., which must be completed and sent back so we receive them by June 1, 2018. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)
Full refunds will be made for camper cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received between June 2 and June 10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.
For further general information please contact the Office of Summer Programs at 607.871.2612 or via email. For technical information about the camp please contact the camp director, Coach Brian Striker, via emai.
- "It was really fun and truly a learning experience. I felt myself become more confident in swimming my strokes overall. I enjoyed being coached by our coaches and also enjoyed having a lot of freedom. I thought that overall it was informative, but fun, too. I learned so much! Thank you!"
- "I had a really good time and want to thank all the coaches because I feel I improved in many areas."
- "Great camp!"
- "The individual attention was very beneficial, including the stroke evaluations."
- "Before I came to this camp I didn't realize how important dry land is. Thanks to this camp, I now know how I can prepare for a swim season without a pool!"
- "I had a great time. You guys were awesome! Thanks for everything!"
- "It was a good camp and well run. I especially liked the technique work because I feel it will help me a lot in the future. Good coach-swimmer ratio, too."
- "I really enjoyed the camp! You all helped me a lot. Thank you so much!"
- "Alfred University helped me to enjoy my summer and have fun with the sport I love."
- "I have learned so much here that will help me get faster. Thanks so much!"
- "I was kicking at the wrong time in breaststroke. It's fixed and now I am much faster. Thanks!"
- "I enjoyed the recreational activities and free time, too, because everyone around the camp was fun."
- "I love all my counselors!"
- "I really improved all of my strokes and got faster in the water."
Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week improving your swimming skills and meeting other students with similar interests and abilities.
The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by June 14. After that date campers should make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.
The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.
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