Cole Avery attends National Diversity Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center

COLORADO SPRINGS - Cole Avery, 13, from BBST is attending the U.S.A. Swimming National Diversity Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, May 5 - 8, 2011.


Each spring, USA Swimming invites 32 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.

 Camp Roster

2011 Diversity Select Camp Roster   


2011 Camp Information:

The 2011 National Diversity Select Camp will take place May 5-8, 2011 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The qualifying times are the same as last year and are as listed. These are the minimum time standards required to submit an application. 36 swimmers aged 13-18 will be selected to attend the camp.


Instill a vision of success and inspire athletes from ethnically underrepresented populations to become leaders in the sport of swimming. Goals: To empower athletes from ethnically underrepresented 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.


U.S. Olympic Training Center (OTC), Colorado Springs, CO


36 athletes (18 boys & 18 girls)


13 – 18 years old at time of camp (12th grade or younger)


Any USA Swimming registered athlete member who is eligible to represent the USA in international competition (a U.S. citizen), meets the qualification time standards, has not previously attended a USA Swimming Diversity Select Camp and represents an ethnically underrepresented population that is less than 20% of the current USA Swimming membership. These populations include: African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Native American.  


Athletes must have achieved at least one Diversity Select Camp time standard as shown on the application (SCY and/or LCM) to apply for selection. Times must have been achieved in a USA Swimming sanctioned or approved meet (able to be proven in the SWIMS database). Example: if a swimmer achieved a Diversity Select Camp time in the 100 free in October as a 14 year old, but will be 15 years old as of March 2, the swimmer must have met the 15-16 year old Diversity Select Camp time standard in the 100 free in order to apply.


Twelve athletes of each sex will be selected from power point scores based on a combination of three different events (each event used must be a different stroke and/or distance, i.e. 50y Free, 100m Free, and 200y IM). Four additional athletes of each sex will be selected from the current season IMX scores. If necessary, limits may be placed on the number of athletes from one team. 


The 3-day camp program will include a combination of pool training, motivational and education sessions, and team building activities.


Each athlete selected for the camp will be provided free room and board at the Olympic Training Center, ground transportation in Colorado Springs and full airfare to Colorado Springs.


As with the National Select Camp program, the personal coaches of the athletes selected will be invited to attend the camp and will be provided an educational tract similar to that offered to the athletes. Personal coaches will be provided room and board at the OTC, ground transportation, Colorado Springs, and a $200 reimbursement to offset airfare expense.


The camp staff will be selected from accomplished multicultural candidates from across the USA and include a head coach, two assistant coaches, a manager, and a national team athlete. 

USA Swimming Staff from the Club Development and National Team divisions will also provide support and make presentations.

2010 Diversity Select Camp Roster   
2011 Time Standards