| Friday, May 19, 2017
USA Swimming has selected 24 up-and-coming distance athletes for National Open Water Select Camp, to be held June 6-10 at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida.
The camp identifies the best distance swimmers in the U.S. offering them a unique motivational and educational experience. National Open Water Select Camp is viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the pool to open water, then to the international scene.
“National Open Water Select Camp plays a key role in strengthening Team USA’s open water team at the international level,” said USA Swimming Club Development Managing Director, Pat Hogan. “Elite distance swimmers already have the swimming ability, but this camp encourages athletes to explore open water swimming as an additional option to their current pool training to potentially represent the U.S. in international competition.”
Athletes will experience workouts in the pool, lake and ocean, in addition to educational sessions throughout the four-day camp. Athletes will learn open water strategies, technique, nutrition, recovery and more from elite open water coaches.
The swimmers were selected based on times from the 2016 season; eight men and eight women were chosen using the top 1500 times of the year, while four men and four women were selected based on the results of the 2016 5-kilometer National Open Water Championships.
The entire list of camp participants may be found here. Twenty-one clubs from 16 states will be in attendance.
The camp staff is comprise of accomplished open water coaches and managers from across the U.S. and include a head coach, four assistant coaches and two managers.
The 2017 National Open Water Select Camp Staff members will include:
- Head Coach: Grant Holicky (Boulder, Colo./RallySport Aquatics)
- Assistant Coach:
- John Payne (Cary, N.C. /TAC Titans)
- Nick Graves (Atlanta, Ga./Dynamo Swim Club)
- Michele Lowry (Salt Lake City, Utah/Swim Utah)
- Julie Wessler (Lemont, Ill. /Lemont Park District Dolphins)
- Head Manager: Aaron Mahaney (Buffalo, N.Y.)
- Assistant Manager: Kaitlin Pawlowicz (Arlington, Va./Arlington Aquatic Club)
For more information on National Open Water Select Camp please visit usaswimming.org.