Competitive Stroke Camp

Clay Youngquist

Special Guest Clinician - Calvin Competitive Stroke Camp

University of Texas All-American, Clay Youngquist grew up in Battlecreek, MI within a swimming family and was coached by his mother until college.  He started swimming at the age of 4 on team WMS (West Michigan Swimmers). He also swam for PAC (Portage Aquatic Club) and LAC (Lakeview Aquatic Club) in High school.  Before being recruited to the University of Texas by Eddie Reese, Youngquist's speciality events in HS were the 50, 100, 200, and 500 Free and the 100 Fly.  At the University of Texas, Youngquist dominated in middle distance freestyle - primarily the 200 and the 500, and the 200 fly. He was a two-time NCAA Champion, a 13-time NCAA All-American, and an 11-time Big 12 Champion.  In addition Youngquist qualified for the USA National team in 2014-15, the World University Games in 2015 and the World Championship Team in 2015.

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Matt Easterday

King's College - Head Men's & Women's Swimming Coach
Kenyon Competitive Stroke Camp

Matt Easterday is the Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming Coach at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Since taking the reins at King’s in 2009, both the men’s and women’s teams have virtually re-written the school record boards.  Easterday also coached Patricia Manning to a MAC championship title in the 400 IM in 2011. Prior to King’s College, Easterday was the assistant swim coach at Franklin and Marshall College, where he helped coach two Centennial Conference men’s team champions, seven NCAA Division III All-Americans, and 12 swimmers to break school records. 2017 will be Easterday’s 7th year as a coach with the Total Performance Swim Camps.

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Chris Sullivan

Calvin College - Assistant Men's and Women's Coach
Calvin Competitive Stroke Camp

Chris Sullivan joined the coaching staff at Calvin College as the new Assistant Coach in 2016. Sullivan attended Oakland University where he set varsity records in the sprint freestyle and butterfly events and multiple relays. At the age of 21 he competed at the 2004 US Olympic Trials in Long Beach, California and in 2006 he finished top 8 in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly at Division I NCAA Championship meet, making him a 5-time NCAA All-American.

Sullivan grew up in Rockford, MI and helped Rockford High School to their first State Championship titles in both water polo and swimming in 2000 and 2001. After a decorated college career at Oakland, he became the Assistant Coach at Colorado College from 2008-2013.  In 2012 he was inducted into the Rockford Hall of Fame. 

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Dan Gelderloos

Calvin College - Head Men's and Women's Coach
Director of Calvin Competitive Stroke Camp

Dan Gelderloos is in his twentieth year as the head men’s and women’s coach at Calvin College. During his tenure, Gelderloos has established his women’s team as a conference leader, winning thirteen of the last sixteen MIAA conference titles. In addition, Gelderloos has guided the Calvin women's swimming and diving program to five, top-10 finishes at the NCAA Division III Championships, and helped the men's program return to a top-20 standing nationally.

At the individual level, Gelderloos has coached numerous Calvin swimmers to All-American status and individual national titles. Most recently, Elizabeth Counsell earned a runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke at the 2013 Division III NCAA Championships and Johnson Cochran finished 3rd and 5th in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the 2014 NCAA championships.  Many time national champion, Becky Weima, captured the national title in the 200 freestyle in 2005 and followed with national titles in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle in 2006. 

2017 will be Gelderloos' seventh year Directing the Competitive Stroke Camp at Calvin College.  Currently, he has six former campers swimming with him and the Calvin Knights.  

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Bob Rueppel

Middlebury College - Head Men's & Women's Coach Director of Competitive Stroke Camps at Kenyon College

Rueppel is now in his sixth season at the helm of the men’s and women’s swimming programs at Middlebury College as well as the director of the college’s natatorium. He came to Middlebury from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he has served as the men’s and women’s coach since 2001. 2017 will be Rueppel’s sixth year leading the Competitive Stroke Camps at Kenyon College, following seven years of directing his own Total Performance Competitive Stroke Camp at Franklin & Marshall.

In his first five seasons at Middlebury, Rueppel saw his athletes break 28 school records. He guided the women’s team to its highest finish since 2008 at the NESCAC Championship, and earned NESCAC Coach of the year in 2016. Nationally, Rueppel has had a multitude of student-athletes earn NCAA All-American honors.

During his 10-year run at F&M, Rueppel’s teams won 10 conference titles (seven men, three women) and broke nearly 90 school records. He coached three NCAA Champions, 37 All-Americans as well as five Academic All-Americans, while his teams earned Team Academic All-American honors for nine-straight years. His student-athletes won Centennial Conference individual titles 139 times, setting 55 Conference marks. Rueppel’s men’s team compiled a 44-10 mark in dual conference meets during his tenure, while the women were 53-10. He was named the Centennial Conference’s inaugural Coach of the Year in 2010.

Rueppel began his coaching career in 1983 at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, taking over the reins of the women’s program until 1989. He worked as an assistant at Wright State University in Ohio from 1994-1995 before becoming the head men’s and women’s coach at Wittenberg University, also in Ohio, from 1995-2001. At Wittenberg, where he coached 33 All-Americans, his student-athletes broke 58 school records, and the team earned Academic All-American honors for six-consecutive seasons.

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