Sunday, January 19, 2014

Welcome to BCSC!


6/15-18 - Training Camp (HS Swimmers)
6/15-18 - Comprehensive Stroke Camp I
6/22-26 - Comprehensive Stroke Camp II
6/28-30 - "Primary" Stroke Camp
6/30-7/2 - Start and Turn Camp
7/7-10 - Comprehensive DAY Camp

(info on all camps at the bottom of this post)

A Note From Coach Casares:

The sport of swimming and diving has been a passion of mine ever since I can remember. Having a chance to run several swim camps at Bates College is one of the most exciting opportunities I have encountered. Our philosophy will simply be to offer outstanding coaching by a motivated and energetic staff whose sole mission is to take every step possible to stimulate every swimmer's love for the sport.

Simply put, we want to better your strokes, sharpen your attitude, and focus your goals so you can reach your absolute potential! More specifically though, the Bates Swim Camp will offer both a training and technique aspect - in an environment that is both positive and healthy.

For our younger camper, we mix technique and fun together so each child has a blast while learning more about how to swim correctly. Counselors and coaches will not only lead campers through technique sessions, but also organize games, talent shows, and other fun activities.

For the older more experienced camper, this is truly an elite camp experience with a small college vibe.  Only the best college coaches I know on deck... only the latest info on technique... and only the smartest and most challenging sets out there. The last thing you want to do is "get out of shape" at swim camp, so we will train you smart while making sure you have a good time. We also know that movie nights, pizza parties, and capture the flag are just as important as starts, turns, and stroke technique, so good times abound!

As usual, all camps will continue to include underwater stroke analysis, one on work with collegiate coaches, and a staff to camper ratio of 1:4. This year we are also adding a few new camps based on what we have learned - and what we think will make the biggest difference in the swimming community.

Underwater Video Analysis
We will continue with our  Comprehensive Stroke Camp. It is our most successful camp with everything from video analysis and lectures on all four strokes, to relay races and (the already famous) end of camp parade!

We will also continue our Start and Turn Camp.  Three intense days of how to get off the blocks faster, and how to make the most of your turns in every race.

Training Camp (College Prep).  This is our first new camp and it is set up for swimmers entering high school (or older) who know they want to swim in college.  It will include four intense days of training from some of the best college coaches around so that each camper gets an idea of what type of experience lies ahead.  Swimmers are encouraged to come to camp in very good shape - and with USA Swimming AAA times. We are limiting this camp to 40 campers, and will include a meeting with a Bates College admissions rep to talk about the college admissions process.   Division I, II, and III information will be shared as we have coaches with experience in all three divisions attending.

Also new this year is our Primary Stroke Camp.  This is a three day camp in which you spend the entire time with one coach focusing mostly on one stroke - your choice!  Each Head Coach will be assigned a stroke and will share all their insights on technique, training, and race strategy with their group.    We feel this camp combined with the Start and Turn Camp is a great combination.*

And of course we will continue with our always intimate Comprehensive DAY Camp.

Again, we will limit enrollment in order to keep our numbers in a range where instruction is paramount - and the personal touch remains (approximately 70 campers each session, except where noted above). All camps, except the "Training Camp" are open to swimmers 9-18 years old.

In January the site will go live and you can fill out the online application form to begin the process of enrolling (see "REGISTRATION" to your right).  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me directly.

Prices and Info: 
Comprehensive Stroke Camp (5 Day) - 9-18 years old
• Overnight $600.
• Day $450

Training Camp / College Prep (4 Day) - Freshman in HS or older
• Overnight $550
• Day $450

Primary Stroke Camp and the Start and Turn Camp (3 Day) - 9-18 Years Old
• Overnight $500*
• Day Camp $400*
* If you combine the two save $200! ($800 for overnight and $600 for day camp)

Comprehensive DAY Camp - $450 - 9-18 Years Old

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to call

Current and Past Coaching Staff!


• Brethauer brings a wealth of competition and coaching experience to the Bates College Swim Camp. She served as an assistant coach at Columbia University for the past six years and worked extensively with the sprint group.  While at Columbia her team rewrote the record book and she continually attracted some of the best swimmers in the nation to the one of the most academically prestigious institutions in the country. 
Not to be outdone by her past successes, Coach Abby experienced  immediate success as the new Head Coach at Mary Washington University.  She led the Eagles to two conference championships (Men and Women), was named Coach of the Year, and is sending her team to NCAA's!

Prior to her coaching career, Brethauer was a 12-time All-American and three-time team national champion at Kenyon College. A team captain for the Ladies in 2002, Brethauer is a former NCAA Division III national record holder, and has been a USS competitor at the age group, senior, and national levels.

• Coach Burnham arrived at Bowdoin in 2000 after being involved in all aspects of the UCLA swimming program for six years.  While at UCLA Burnham coached his team to 16th or better at the NCAA championships each year - and played a role in over 40 Division I All-American performances.  He took his experiences at the highest level into undeniable success at Bowdoin.  Not only has his team attacked the record book under his tutelage, but he has produced NESCAC champions and All-Americans as the leader of the Polar Bears.  Also, Coach Brad thinks outside the box and is fairly obsessed with technique - and the simple of question of how to swim faster and more efficiently.  His quest to understand how humans can better relate to water and "train to race" - instead of train to train - is exactly what has led to many so many of his great ideas and success stories.  We are thrilled to have him on board.

• 2012 saw the return of Vanessa Williamson back to Maine - and Bates College.  After a stellar career as Bates most decorated female swimmer (8x All-American), Vanessa headed to California to train for the Olympic Trials with Olympic Head Coach Dave Salo and the Trojan Swim Club.  She trained alongside the likes of Rebecca Soni, Amanda Beard, and Jessica Hardy... and benefited greatly from the experience!  After she wrapped up her career she found herself on deck coaching and distinguishing herself at the high school level the next four years.  The 2013 Bates Swim Team welcomed Vanessa back to Bates and immediately benefited from her experiences a student athlete - and also her time in California both training and coaching.  With a tremendous bank of knowledge and experience, Vanessa has had no problem connecting with all athletes and helping them improve.  She has an eye for technique and training that is well beyond her years!

• Kata is one of the most sought after camp coaches in the country. A natural leader and tremendous athlete, Kata has parlayed her swimming successes at Conn into a tremendous career as a High School teacher and coach. Her students respect her knowledge and crave her enthusiasm. We are lucky to have Kata join us each year to pass on her knowledge and love for the sport.


• Coach Wallace is both an artist and scientist. Just last year he was explaining to me the science behind his warm-up routine and training - and then followed that up with how a few inspiring passages from a good book can bring a team together. I knew immediately I was spending time with a true renaissance man! We are very lucky to have Bill joining us this year, and the coaching staff is looking forward to working alongside him and learning something too! (click on his name to be linked to his program's description!)

• Rodriguez comes to Bates with eight years of coaching experience, most recently as an assistant coach at Colgate University.  Prior to Colgate he was the assistant at William and Mary and a senior coach with the Athens Bulldogs Swim Club at Georgia University. 

Rodriguez graduated from Kenyon College in 2004 with a degree in anthropology. He obtained his master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Georgia. As a student-athlete at Kenyon, Rodriguez was a seven-time NCAA All-American and a four-time All-NCAC honoree. He was also part of four NCAA D-III national championship teams. 

• Being a Gettysburg alum and having swam for Coach Rawleigh I couldn't be more excited to have him join our staff.  A great majority of our camp was modeled after the very successful Gettysburg College Camps that I worked at under Coach Rawleigh.

To say Coach has been successful is an understatement. His teams have won 34 conference titles in his 25 years of coaching.  At the national level his program has finished as high as 7th (Women) and 12th (Men) - and he has coached a two time NCAA Champion and National Record holder.  He's in the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for coaching, and a "Master Coach" according to the College Swim Coaches Association.  Prior to Gettysburg, Coach Rawleigh walked the deck as Sprint Coach for the UNC Tar Heels.  

• John has a tremendous mix of experience and success at every level  of collegiate swimming.  As a swimmer, John was a national level freestyler and butterflyer at Williams College. In fact he was a four time National Champion in the sprint freestyle events - and in his senior year was voted the NESCAC swimmer of the meet.  From there Coach Young went on to energize the Kenyon Men's swimming team with both a passion for coaching and an amazing ability to recruit in stellar athletes with tons of potential.  Kenyon Swimming continued to win national titles and distance itself from others while John was on their staff.  In 2005 Coach Young left to head up his own team at the academically prestigious, Division I, Davidson College.  In a few short years John has transformed the team into one of the nations elite - and most up and coming programs.  He has been voted coach of the year several times, led his team to numerous conference championships, and even headed to the big dance; Division I nationals. Bottom line, there is nothing John hasn't made better, or succeeded at... and we extremely excited to have him on staff.
• TBD - There will be Conference Championship Finalists, ALL-Conference Swimmers, and several All-Americans!  Our staff will allow us to provide 1:6 staff to camper ratio this year!