Elite Swim Camp

Take your swimming to the next level!

Elite Swim Camps at Kenyon College

These unique camp experiences are designed for highly-trained sprinters, breaststrokers, butterfliers/backstrokers, or distance swimmers and offer the most race-specific training for each specialty that you will find anywhere in the country. The Elite Camps bring in nationally and internationally renowned coaches in each specialty to provide campers with the most cutting-edge instruction and training used by the worlds best swimmers today.  Enrollment is kept to a minimum to allow for better communication, more personal attention, and a greater appreciation of what it means to work together as a team.

The majority of swimmers who attend our Elite Camps are high school state qualifiers and even finalists. Our Elite Camps are designed for swimmers who are already excelling in a particular specialty, yet want to take their performance to the next level. Though the Elite Camps are open to any and all swimmers ages 13-18, they are most appropriate for swimmers with AAA times in their specialty or faster (based on USA Swimming's National Age Group Motivational Time Standards). The campers who attend our Elite Camps chose the camp that focuses on their best stroke or specialty event. These camps are not designed for swimmers to work on their weakest stroke.

In the past twenty-one years, over 1700 swimmers from 49 states and 11 countries have participated in our Elite Camp programs for what proves to be a transformative and inspirational learning and training experience.  A significant number of our elite campers have gone on to excel at the very highest levels of high school, YMCA, USA, NCAA and International competition, including 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Garret Weber-Gale!

Registration for 2019 Camps Opens in November

Elite Distance Camp

June 10-14, 2018 - Sold Out for Girls.

Overnight Camper - $685
Day Camper - $600

A specialized program for the distance swimmer (ages 14-18), this five-day overnight camp provides Elite-level coaching, race-specific strategy, and attention to technique for distance swimmers. A highly requested camp, the Elite Distance Camp's unique programming focuses on race technique, philosophies for creating effective race strategies, "breaking down" distance races to learn from personal best performances, and also dryland training specifically designed for the distance swimmer.

Jessen Book

Headlining the camp will be former All-American distance swimmer, and Kenyon College Head Coach, Jessen Book. Coach Book was named NCAA DIII Men's and Women's Coach-of-the-Year in 2013, lead the men’s team to their second consecutive national title in 2014, and the women’s team to a second place finish at NCAAs. Book, a former All-American distance swimmer at Kenyon, was a four-year member of national championship teams and a team co-captain in his senior year. As a coach, Book has made his mark in the Distance events, coaching numerous distance swimmers to top-8 finishes at Nationals. Other leading collegiate and high school coaches, as well as accomplished collegiate swimmers, round out the staff (Click here to visit the staff page).

Coaches can rest assured knowing their athlete will not get out of shape. Three highly-specialized pool sessions incorporate high-intensity benchmark training and average approximately 10,000-11,000 yards per day. 

*While the Elite Distance Camp is open to any and all swimmers ages 14-18, it is most appropriate for swimmers with AAA times or faster (based on National USA Swimming time standards). The majority of swimmers who attend our Elite Camps are high school state qualifiers and even finalists.


Registration for 2019 Camps Opens in November

Elite Breaststroke Camp

June 10-14, 2018 - Sold Out for Girls.

Overnight Camper - $685
Day Camper - $600

Total Performance offers a unique camp experience designed specifically for breaststrokers. The Elite Breaststroke Camp is a highly-technical, five day, overnight training program for campers ages 13-18. The camp helps accomplished breaststrokers develop an even better understanding of the nuances and techniques of this complex stroke. Swimmers work on all aspects of breaststroke from the kick, turns, and pullouts, to the utilization of the underwater dolphin kick.

Breeja Larson2018 campers will hone their skills working closely with 2012 Olympian and gold medalist, Breeja Larson.  Breeja brings a wealth of breaststroke knowledge and competition experience as a member of the U.S. 400 medley relay team that won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.  She is a former two-time NCAA champion and All-American for Texas A&M.  Larson set NCAA, US Open and American Records in 2012 in the 100 breast with her time of 57.75 and then set NCAA, US Open and American Records in 2013 for the 200 breast with her time of 2:04.48.  She still swims professionally and has competed and medaled in multiple FINA Swimming World Cup events.   

Larson will be joined by Head MIT Coach and Elite Breaststroke Camp Director, Dani Korman.  Korman lead both her men's and women's teams to NEWMAC Championships and top-ten finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2017. Since arriving at MIT, Korman has lead the women's team to its best finish in program history at NCAAs (5th place), coached the individual National Champion in the 200 fly, and coached the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year, Margaret Guo '16.  Other leading collegiate and high school coaches in addition to accomplished collegiate swimmers will round out our Elite Camp staff. (Click here for more information about our phenomenal staff).

Coaches can rest assured knowing their athlete will not get out of shape. Three highly-specialized pool sessions incorporate high-intensity benchmark training that ensures that breaststrokers maintain their aerobic capacity. Elite Camp staff introduce training drills, dryland exercises, and powerful classroom sessions aimed towards developing breaststroke techniques to maximize potential by helping individuals adjust to the dynamics of fast swimming. Swimmers can also choose to be tested and trained on the Power Rack.

*While the Elite Breaststroke Camp is open to any and all swimmers ages 13-18, it is most appropriate for swimmers with AAA times or faster (based on National USA Swimming time standards). The majority of swimmers who attend our Elite Camps are high school state qualifiers and even finalists.

Registration for 2019 Camps Opens in November


Elite Fly/Back Underwater Camp

June 17-21, 2018 - Sold Out!

Overnight Camper - $685
Day Camper - $600

As an elite-level butterflier or backstroker, Total Performance provides an intensive five-day, overnight training program focusing on the most profound development of the last quarter century in the sport of competitive swimming – the underwater dolphin kick – or what has been called the “5th stroke.” A critical element to one’s success in butterfly and backstroke is becoming more effective in generating speed & efficiency underwater. Challenging practice sessions focus on the latest in butterfly/backstroke technique and race strategy. During the week you will be tested in a dozen different areas that contribute to success as a flyer or backstroker. 

Doug Lennox

Campers will have the opportunity to work closely with former Olympian and Puerto Rican National Champion in the 100- meter butterfly, Doug Lennox. Now in his first year as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater, Princeton University, Lennox was a five-time All-American and seven-time Ivy League award-winner while a student-athlete at Princeton. During his collegiate career, Lennox competed extensively in international competitions: the 2006 Central American Games, 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Rome World Championships. During that run, Lennox set national records in the 100-meter fly and 200-meter free. Prior to becoming the assistant coach at Princeton in August 2017, Lennox was an assistant coach at Kenyon College for three years.  Other leading collegiate and high school coaches, as well as accomplished collegiate swimmers, will round out the staff (Click here to visit the staff page).  

Coaches can rest assured knowing their athlete will not get out of shape. Three highly-specialized pool sessions incorporate high-intensity benchmark training that ensures that swimmers maintain their aerobic capacity. Highly specific training drills and dryland routines, and powerful psychological techniques help campers adjust to the dynamics of fast swimming and maximize their potential.

*While the Elite Fly/Back Underwater Camp is open to any and all swimmers ages 13-18, it is most appropriate for swimmers with AAA times or faster (based on National USA Swimming time standards). The majority of swimmers who attend our Elite Camps are high school state qualifiers and even finalists.

Registration for 2019 Camps Opens in November
 

Elite Sprint Camp

June 23-27, 2018 - Sold Out! Waitlist Spots Only.

Overnight Camper - $685
Day Camper - $600

* Note: Elite Sprint Camp runs Saturday to Wednesday

Total Performance offers a unique camp experience designed specifically for sprinters. The Elite Sprint Camp is a highly-technical, five day, overnight training program for swimmers ages 13-18 who excel in the sprinting events.

Steve JungbluthThe camp introduces participants to the most up-to-date and proven methods for developing speed and power. Campers will have the opportunity to work with one of the world's leading sprint coaches: University of Florida Sprint Coach, Steve Jungbluth.  Jungbluth currently coaches one of the fastest sprinters in the world: the 2017 NCAA Division I champion in the 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Fly.  Jungbluth will be joined by Kenyon College Head Coach and three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, Jess Book.  Other leading collegiate and high school coaches, as well as accomplished collegiate swimmers, round out the staff (Click here to visit the staff page).

Coaches can rest assured knowing their athlete will not get out of shape. Three highly-specialized pool sessions incorporate high-intensity benchmark training that ensures that sprinters will maintain their aerobic capacity. Elite Camp staff introduce training drills, dryland exercises, and powerful classroom sessions aimed towards developing techniques to maximize potential by helping individuals adjust to the dynamics of fast swimming. Swimmers can also choose to be tested and trained on the Power Rack.

While the Elite Sprint Camp is open to any and all swimmers ages 13-18, it is most appropriate for swimmers with AAA times or faster (based on National USA Swimming time standards). The majority of swimmers who attend our Elite Camps are high school state qualifiers and even finalists.

Registration for 2019 Camps Opens in November

Camp Highlights

  • Three swim sessions per day (on the full camp days) focusing on training, technique & testing
  • Daily drylands
  • Daytime classroom discussions with collegiate coaches and headliners on training physiology, stroke mechanics, race strategy and more
  • Three delicious all-you-can-eat meals in Kenyon's dining hall - all dietary needs accommodated!
  • Evening lectures on topics like sports psychology, inspirational journeys, nutrition
  • Pizza party night
  • Take-home data from all test sets and performance capacity metrics
  • Camp t-shirt 
  • Evening social activities & getting to know campers from all over the country and the world
  • 24-hour supervision on a beautiful and safe campus

 

Camp Discounts

Returning Camper Discount – $20 off – For any camper who has been to any Total Performance camp before. Enter promo code: RETURN18 when registering.

Team Discount Program – $35 to $50 off per camper – For teams sending 5 or more campers to any Total Performance camp. For more information, click here.

*Only one discount may be used per camper*

Registration for 2019 Camps Opens in November

Overnight Camper Schedule

* Note: Elite Sprint Camp runs Saturday to Wednesday.  All other Elite Camps run Sunday to Thursday

Sunday

  • 12:00 pm: Camp Check-in
  • 1:30 pm: Parent Meeting/Pre-benchmark testing
  • 4:00 pm: Staff introductions
  • 5:30 pm: Camp Picnic
  • 7:00 pm: Lecture
  • 8:15 pm: Finish Unpacking
  • 8:45 pm: Counselor Orientation
  • 9:30 pm: Dorms close for night
  • 10:00 pm: In-bed, lights out!

Monday - Wednesday

  • 5:50 am: Wake-up
  • 6:15 am: Training Session 1
  • 7:45 am: Breakfast
  • 8:45 am: Lecture
  • 9:45 am: Technique/Training/Testing Session 1
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15 pm: Lecture
  • 1:45 pm: Technique/Training/Testing Session 2
  • 3:45 pm: Dryland Training
  • 5:30 pm: Dinner
  • 6:45 pm: Lecture
  • 8:30 pm: Free-time
  • 9:30 pm: Dorms close for night
  • 10:00 pm: In-bed, lights out!

Thursday

  • 5:50 am: Wake-up
  • 6:15 am: Training Session 1
  • 7:45 am: Breakfast
  • 8:15 am: Clean rooms / Pack bags
  • 9:30 am: Lecture
  • 10:00 am: Elite Camp Final Test Set
  • 11:30 am: Camp Checkout

 

Day Camper Schedule 

Sunday

  • 1:00 pm: Camp Check-in
  • 1:30 pm: Parent Meeting/Pre-benchmark testing
  • 4:00 pm: Staff introductions
  • 5:30 pm: Camp Picnic
  • 7:00 pm: Lecture
  • 8:15 pm: Parent pick-up

Monday - Wednesday

  • 6:15 am: Training Session 1
  • 7:45 am: Breakfast
  • 8:45 am: Lecture
  • 9:45 am: Technique/Training/Testing Session 1
  • 12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 1:15 pm: Lecture
  • 1:45 pm: Technique/Training/Testing Session 2
  • 3:45 pm: Dryland Training
  • 5:30 pm: Dinner
  • 6:45 pm: Lecture
  • 8:30 pm: Parent pick-up

Thursday

  • 6:15 am: Training Session 1
  • 7:45 am: Breakfast
  • 8:15 am: Clean rooms / Pack bags
  • 9:30 am: Lecture
  • 10:00 am: Elite Camp Final Test Set
  • 11:30 am: Camp Checkout