2020 Niagara LSC Select Camp


On December 19, 2020, Niagara LSC used some creative thinking and proudly managed to safely hold an LSC Select Camp. We used technology to our advantage and worked with USA Swimming to bring experts to our camp live via Zoom!


The invitees for the free camp were high school athletes with qualifying times for the USA Swimming 18&U 2020 Winter Championships. Twenty-two Niagara athletes were able to participate in this half-day camp at Perinton Aquatic Center—jointly planned by the Age Group Development & Senior Performance Committees—and they had a blast!


With the stellar lineup of USA Swimming staff experts we were fortunate to have with us virtually on deck, it’s no wonder the athletes had a great time.


We kicked off the morning with a talk by Russell Mark, US National Team High Performance Manager. Russell shared video of some of the “best of the best” in terms of stroke technique, spending some time giving a strategic breakdown of each of the four strokes as well as the importance of a powerful underwater dolphin kick. 


Next, USA Swimming Performance Development expert Jay Chambers shared a presentation about the importance of having a growth mindset and developing grit as an athlete. From how our brains learn new skills and adapt to change, and how to apply that knowledge as an athlete, Jay showed the participants just how important the mental side of athletic training is. 


Lastly, the athletes got to get in the pool together for an interactive session with Olympian Brendan Hansen, USA Swimming’s Director of Team Service for the Eastern Zone. Not only did the participants get the benefit of Brendan’s direct observation and feedback all the way from his home in Texas, they also got to speak to Brendan about the drills he instructed them in. 


Small groups went over to do some technique and power work in the channel pool, led by Niagara’s Senior Coach Rep and RIT Swimming & Diving Head Coach, Phil Baretela. 


Throughout the entire event, we were able to socially distance and follow all safety protocols, and still get the awesome benefit of being in the pool together and learning from the very best!


Our committees are dedicated to coming up with creative ways to continue to serve our athletes within our current constraints. Thinking outside the box for this camp experience really paid off, and our friends at USA Swimming were a great help & duly impressed we could make this happen in our region!


We’re proud to share not only some of our favorite photos from the day, but also the camp highlight reel compiled by Molly Brennan, Niagara’s former Senior Athlete Rep, who assisted us on deck. 


Thanks to all of the coaches, athletes and families for making the day run so smoothly, and special thanks to USA Swimming for their sponsorship and partnership! We can’t wait to see what we can come up with next!



2019 Niagara LSC Select Camp




Niagara LSC’s inaugural LSC Select Camp took place December 15th, 2019 at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 49 swimmers (25 boys/24 girls) ages 9-11 from 24 clubs came together to make new friends and try something new.

The selection criteria for this camp was the 10 and under 2018-19 SCY IMR score. 

Activities included the Swim Venture Quest, creating your own swim meet (pictured below to the left), vertical kicking and starts, turns and finishes to name a few.  The swimmers' evaluations revealed the overwhelming favorite activity was the SWIM VENTURE QUEST coming in at 80%.




Our Age Group Development Committee will be hosting another LSC Select Camp in 2020 with the format and selection criteria coming out in the first half of 2020. 

Thank you to our sponsors: Niagara LSC, TYR, SPEEDO, NIKE, and The Deep End.

Special thanks to Phil Baretela, RIT Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach and Head Coach of the Select Camp, for helping secure the facility, which was perfect for our needs. Also, thank you to our staff and senior swimmers for sharing their time and expertise as volunteers.  


Marcia Callan Camp Director/ NI AG Development Committee Chair

Dani Richards NI Age Group Chair