May 4, 2013
Diversity Camp - Each spring, USA Swimming invites 36 athletes from underrepresented populations to participate in a three-day camp program which includes pool training, motivational and education sessions and team-building activities. Selection is based on times swum at USA Swimming sanctioned events.
Goals: To empower athletes from ethnically under-represented populations and their coaches to:
- Demonstrate the viability of multicultural success in swimming.
- Achieve performance excellence at every level of the sport.
- Expound the benefits and value of participating in the sport of swimming.
- Assist in recruiting more swimmers and coaches from diverse ethnicities to the sport of swimming.
- Be positive leaders and role models that others from multicultural backgrounds can emulate.
Congratulations to Christina Domanowski (Bellevue Club Swim Team) and Jeffrey Li (Pacific Dragon Swim Team) for being selected to attend the camp May 2-5 at the Olympic Training center in Colorado Springs.
Western Zone Select Camp - USA Swimming sponsors four Zone Select Camps in an effort to identify the emerging young athletes in each Zone and offer them a unique motivational and educational experience. The Zone Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and Zone level onto to the national scene. Long course times were achieved between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012. Eight girls age 12 and eight boys age 13 and seven girls age 13 and seven boys age 14 are chosen from the Western Zone.
Congratulations to Lindsay Seidner (Olympic Cascade Aquatics), Lia Campbell (Bainbridge Island Swim Club), Thomas Anderson (King Aquatic Club), Aaron Elhajj (Bellevue Club Swim Team) and Tim Kralj (Gold's Aquatic Club) for being chosen for the 2013 Western Zone Select Camp to be held May 30 to June 2 at the Arizona State University in Tuscon, AZ.
Catch the Spirit Camp- Top swimmers from PNS were selected for the 2013 Catch The Spirit Camp to be held over the weekend (May 11-12) at Seattle University Connolly Center Pool. This is a two day, overnight camp where each athlete has the unique opportunity to train in a fast, competitive environment, with others top PNS swimmers. In addition to the swimming training sessions, there will also be team building activities, dry land workouts, goal setting sessions, mental preparation techniques and nutrition for high performance.
Camp Director is Cejih Yung (King Aquatic Club) while Sean Muncie (Bellingham Bay Swim Team) is head coach. Assistant coaches include Tommy Cunningham (King Aquatic Club), Alex Hoff (Olympic Cascade Aquatics), and Paloma Dinkel-Ortega (King Aquatic Club).
National Junior Team Camp - The National Junior Team roster is comprised of the top six 18-and-under girls and the top six 18-and-under boys in the country in each Olympic event. These athletes are invited to a camp in April at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs which is programmed to compliment the National Select Camp, while still covering fundamental concepts for athletes just breaking onto the national scene. The purpose of the camp is to identify elite 18-and-unders and to expose them to the National Team culture of sportsmanship and excellence. The coaching staff for the camp is chosen from the Personal Coaches of the National Junior Team athletes.
Congratulations to Hannah Weiss (King Aquatic Club), Katie Kinnear (Issaquah Swim Team), and Thane Maudslien (King Aquatic Club) for being selected to the 2013 National Junior Team. Also, Tommy Hannan (King Aquatic Club) was selected to the coaching staff for the camp. They attended the camp April 4-7 at the Olympic Training Center.
National Coaches Seminar - USA Swimming hosted the 2013 National Team Coaches Seminar April 15-17 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The event drew more than 115 National Team and Junior National Team coaches, who came to listen to panels and share ideas with each other. Tommy Hannan (King Aquatic Club) and Ryan Pachciarz (Issaquah Swim Team) attended the seminar.