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Notre Dame Swimming's Summer Camps offer an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches in the country in a top collegiate facility. Head Coach Mike Litzinger brings sixteen years of head coaching experience from across the country and will focus on technique at this general skills camp with the help of the Notre Dame Swimming coaching staff. 

Camp Sessions:

Swimming Camp Session I: June 11th-15th

Swimming Camp Session II: June 18th-22nd

Boarders: $700 Non-Boarders: $600

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Contact Information:

For questions prior to the start of camp, contact the Notre Dame Sports Camps Office:

574-631-8788 • ndcamps@nd.edu

THE STAFF:

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MIKE LITZINGER, HEAD WOMEN'S SWIMMING COACH

Litzinger, a veteran of 16 seasons as a Head Coach of Men's and Women's Swimming, begins his second year at Notre Dame. In December of 2015 he took the lead role for both programs, marking the first time since 1995 Notre Dame has had a combined swimming program.

The impact of Litzinger's leadership was immediately felt as the Irish broke at total of six Notre Dame Records and qualified four women and six men for the 2016 NCAA Championships. Standout performances by Junior Justin Plaschka led the way, as he set varsity marks in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Plaschka also had a hand in setting two relay marks, one in the 200 freestyle relay and the other in an ACC Championship silver medal performance in the 400 freestyle relay.

At the 2016 U.S. Open, Notre Dame swimmers Alice Treuth (200 backstroke), Rob Whitacre (200 backstroke), Matt Grauslys (200 butterfly), and Tommy Anderson (400 IM) all made the championship final, capping one of the most successful summers by an Irish team.

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials also had a significant Notre Dame presence, as the Irish qualified 16 athletes for Omaha. Emma Reaney '15, who continued her post graduate career at Notre Dame, lead the group with outstanding performances earning her a 9th place in the 200 breaststroke and a 13th place in the 100 breaststroke.

Litzinger (pronounced LITZ-ing-er) brought with him to South Bend the experience of seven years as head coach of both the men's and women's programs at the University of Utah (2000-07) and seven more as head women's coach at St. Bonaventure University (1989-1996). He was the associate head coach at North Carolina since 2011 after first joining the Tar Heel staff in 2007.

Litzinger's eight-year women's resume with the Tar Heels featured a 57-17 dual meet mark (.770), seven runner-up finishes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and top 19 finishes in the NCAA Championships each of the last four seasons--including a best of 12th in 2012-13. During his tenure the Tar Heels produced 33 individual All-Americans and 13 relay units that claimed All-America status.

On the men's side during those same eight seasons beginning in 2007-08, the Tar Heels finished 56-15 (.788) in dual meets, ended up second three times and third four times in the ACC Championships and enjoyed top-15 finishes in the NCAA Championships three straight years from 2010-12, the first time since 1956-58 North Carolina had done that in men's swimming & diving. Litzinger assisted in producing 34 individual North Carolina men's All-Americans and 13 relay squads that garnered All-America honors.

 

JOE SPAHN, ASSISTANT SWIMMING COACH

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Joe Spahn enters his second year with the University of Notre Dame as the Assistant Coach and Camp Director.

Prior to being hired at Notre Dame, Spahn worked at the University of Hawai’i Manoa as an assistant coach and the women’s recruiting coordinator. In this role, he served as the travel coordinator and women’s recruiting coordinator, and was the lead coach the middle distance and stroke group. Spahn was instrumental in helping the team win the school’s first women’s conference title (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) since 2006, and merely the second since 1986. Both the men’s and women’s teams continually finished within the top five in the MPSF standings during his tenure.

Before working in Hawaii, Spahn served for one year as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at University of Nevada Las Vegas, where he helped guide the men’s team to a conference title in the MPSF in 2013. Previously, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia while he attained his Masters degree. Under his watch, the women’s team won three consecutive SEC championships, and placed second at the NCAA Championship in 2011 and 2012.

 

AARON BELL, ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH

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Aaron Bell, previously an associate head coach at fellow Atlantic Coast Conference school Virginia Tech, joined the University of Notre Dame swimming & diving program in the same role in June 2016.

Bell arrived on campus from Virginia Tech, where he served as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2011-14 and the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator from 2014-16.

The Hokies experienced outstanding success during Bell’s five years with the program, as the men’s squad finished in the top four at the ACC Championships all five times, including bringing home an ACC team title in 2014 and a pair of runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013. Meanwhile, the women’s team placed in the top five each year and posted a runner-up showing in 2013.

Before heading to Blacksburg, Bell served as the assistant swimming coach & recruiting coordinator at the University of Buffalo from 2007-2010 before earning a promotion to head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010-11.

 

APRIL WOO, ASSISTANT COACH 

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April Woo enters her second year with the University of Notre Dame as the Assistant Coach.

Woo came to Notre Dame from Stanford, where she served as the volunteer assistant coach last season. Woo helped coach on deck with the swimmers while assisting with all aspects of the swimming & diving program. During her year with Stanford, the Cardinal placed third overall at the 2015 NCAA Division I Championships, setting three American records in the 400 medley and free relays and the 100 free (Simone Manuel) in the process. Eight individuals earned All-America status while four others claimed honorable mention All-America citations. In addition, four relays claimed All-America accolades and one other secured honorable mention All-America honors.

Prior to coaching at Stanford, Woo was an assistant coach for Florida Gulf Coast University from 2012-14. There she assisted with the team’s recruiting classes, which included the 12th ranked recruiting class in 2013. She also designed weight training programs for the distance swimmers. In her last season at FGCU, the Eagles placed 32nd at the 2014 NCAA Division I Championships, which was the highest finish in program history. Three individual All-America citations highlighted the 2014 run. In her first year with the program (2012-13), the team claimed the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association team title.

 

TIM WELSH, FORMER IRISH HEAD COACH 

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Tim Welsh is the long time coach of the Irish (1985 - 2015). He is the coach who started the Notre Dame Swim Camp and, except for one year, has been a member of the swim camp staff every summer.

In the years before Notre Dame joined the ACC, Tim's teams won six BIG EAST Championships and were consistently honored as Scholar All American Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association. He oversaw the introduction of scholarships to both the women's and the men's programs, and was the coach of record when both the first Notre Dame woman and the first Notre Dame man earned NCAA Division I All American honors.

Tim is the past Chair of the NCAA Swimming Committee and the past President of the American Swimming Coaches Association. He also served on the Board of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, and was President of the BIG EAST Coaches Association during much of Notre Dame's tenure there.  He and his wife Jackie are the parents of two sons, both of whom are Notre Dame graduates.

(THE OUTLINED ITINERARY WOULD BE THE SAME FOR SESSIONS I & II)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

1:00pm       Camp registration begins

2:30pm       Welcome talk at the pool with parents and campers

2:45pm       Gatorade talk with Vince DeDario

2:50pm       Stroke talk (Freestyle)

3:30pm       Stroke of the day (drills and technique)

5:00pm       Dinner (Grilling at pool)

6:00pm       Back to Dorms

7:30pm       Dorm activities (getting to know you)

10:00pm     Lights out

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

7:00am       Breakfast at dining hall

8:00am       Stroke talk (Backstroke)

8:30am- 10:30AM Stroke of the day (drills and technique)

11:15am     Lunch at dining hall12:15pm/ Down Time at dorms

1:30pm       Chalk talk with the Irish (Head Coach Mike Litzinger)

2:00pm- 3:30pm  Stroke review and technical analysis (Starts, turns, and video analysis)

3:45pm- 4:45pm  The Irish Way ND Strength and Conditioning Coach

5:00pm       Dinner (Domino’s Pizza)

6:30pm       Notre Dame Football Stadium Tour

7:30pm       Dorm activities

10:00pm     Lights out

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

7:00am       Breakfast at dining hall

8:00am       Stroke talk (Breaststroke)

8:30am- 10:30am Stroke of the day (drills and technique)

11:15am     Lunch at dining hall

12:15pm     Down Time at dorms

1:30pm       Chalk talk with the Irish (Coach Tim Welsh)

2:00pm- 3:30pm  Stroke review and technical analysis (Starts, turns, and video analysis)

3:45pm- 4:45pm  The Irish Way with ND Nutritionist

5:00pm       Dinner (TBD)

7:00pm       Movie Night (TBD)

10:00pm     Lights out

                              

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7:00am       Breakfast at dining hall

8:00am       Stroke talk (Butterfly)

8:30am- 10:30am Stroke of the day (drills and technique)

11:15am     Lunch at dining hall

12:15pm     Down Time at dorms

1:30pm       Chalk talk with the Irish

2:00pm- 3:30pm  Stroke review and technical analysis (Starts, turns, and video analysis)

3:45pm- 4:45pm  The Irish Way with ND Strength and Conditioning Coach

5:00pm       Dinner (TBD)

6:00pm       Bookstore

7:30pm       Talent show

10:00pm     Lights out

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

7:00am       Breakfast at dining hall

8:00am       Back to dorm to pack

9:30am       All strokes review

11:30am     Camp is dismissed (Pick up campers at the pool and depart with parents to pick up belongings at dorm)

 

 


 

NON-BOARDERS:

 

 

Non-boarders will check in with all other campers on the first day.

 

 

Non-boarders will receive an itinerary at check-in with drop off and pick up times.

 

 

NON-BOARDERS:

Non-boarders will check in with all other campers on the first day.

Non-boarders will receive an itinerary at check-in with drop off and pick up times.