Cooper Scharff One of 56 Named to USA Swimming Central Zone Select Camp

Sam Stapleton

Cooper was selected to participate in USA Swimming’s Central Zone Select Camp. The elite camp features 56 emerging swimmers from the area and will be held at the University of Cincinnati from May 23 – 26. Cooper was selected based off of his tremendous IMX Score during the 2018 Long Course season. The IMX Score is comprised of the athletes best 200 Fly, 200 Back, 200 Breast, 200 IM, 400 IM, and 400 Free time from the Long Course season.

Scharff had a great season earning best times in his 400 Free and 200 Breast as individual events at Ozark Long Course Champs in July and best times in his 200 IM, 200 Back, and 400 IM at the 2018 Lake Erie Central Zone 14 & Under Championship meet.  After winning high point for the 13-14 boys at Ozark Long Course Champs meet Cooper needed one more swim in the 200 Fly which he had only competed in once earlier that season to solidify his chances of making this exclusive list of athletes. Cooper stepped up when he needed to and time trialed the 200 Fly after the last session of the Ozark Long Course Championship meet where he bettered his season best time in the 200 Fly by over 10 seconds.

The four-day camp will feature five long course workouts that Scharff will participate in. While the camp is competitive, athletes will also have the opportunity to learn from professionals about post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy.

The top 28 male and 28 females in the Central Zone are selected for the camp. Swimmers are selected based on 2018 Long Course Meters (LCM) IMX point scores, where the fastest athlete in each event, ranging from age 12 to 13 for girls and 13 to 14 for boys are invited to the camp. Cooper’s time in the 200 Back would have also gotten him an invitation the camp if his IMX score hadn’t.

Cooper is the 9th athlete from FAST to be selected to attend USA Swimming’s Central Zone Select Camp. All of the FAST athletes that have attended this event have gone onto illustruious careers in high school and college, with many of them making it to National level competition and Olympic Trials. Congratulations Cooper and the Scharff family!