The goal of the Bulldog Swim Camp is to elevate every campers swimming performance through focused training and technique improvement in a positive and fun environment. The Bulldog Swim Camp will offer a balance of training along with focus on skills, drills and body position needed to become a more efficient swimmer. Each athlete will be taught the importance of proper technique, starts, turns, and the 5th stroke (underwater kicking).
Each day of camp will include a workout session and stroke mechanics taught through video analysis and classroom discussion from camp staff featuring the Yale University Swimming staff. Swimmers attending the Bulldog Swim Camp will leave with an enhanced passion for the sport of swimming and greater knowledge of the steps necessary to achieve their goals.
Jim Henry, Head Coach
Jim Henry is the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Swimming and Diving, directing both the men’s and women’s teams beginning with the 2017-2018 season.
During his first five seasons with the Bulldogs, Henry coached the women’s team from fourth place at the Ivy League Championships in 2013 to first place at the Championships in 2017. During the 2015-2016 season and the 2016-2017 season, the Bulldogs have had an undefeated Ivy Dual record. During the 2016-2017 season, Henry coached the Bulldogs to an Ivy League Championship title, top-25 NCAA Division I weekly ranking and the highest team GPA in recent years (3.60).
In his first season at Yale, Henry, along with assistant coach Dani Korman and diving coach Chris Bergère, led the Bulldogs to a 5-2 winning season in Ivy League dual meet competition. In addition, the Bulldogs took fourth place at the Ivy League Conference Championships and set three new Ivy League Records in the 100-yard butterfly (Forrester, 51.57), 200-yard butterfly (Forrester, 1:54.60) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (Fosburgh, Forrester, Tsay, Weaver, 3:18.44). Seven team members earned All-Ivy First Team or Second Team honors. Eva Fabian and Alex Forrester qualified for the NCAA Division I Swimming Championships and Henry coached Forrester to two All-American finishes in the butterfly events.
Kevin Norman, Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Kevin Norman joined the Yale coaching staff in August 2010. Over the past seven seasons with Norman aboard as an assistant the team has improved not only in the Ivy League but on the national level. Over the last three seasons the Bulldogs have a 25-6 dual meet record, including a runner-up finish in the 2017 Ivy League dual meet season. The Bulldogs have also had seven NCAA qualifiers over the past three seasons as well as a 2016 and 2017 All-American.
Norman has also played a significant role in Yale’s recent recruiting success. Yale’s 2014 recruiting class was ranked the 15th best class in the nation by Collegeswimming.com, the third straight year a Yale recruiting class was ranked in the top 25. This talent has led to nearly every school record being held by current Yale swimmers, a third-place finish at the 2015 Ivy League Championships with 1,162 points (the most Yale has scored at the championship meet since 2002) and four swimmers earning All-Ivy honors in 2015.
Kerry Smith, Assistant Coach/Camp Director
Kerry Smith just completed her second season with the Yale swimming and diving team, helping the women’s team achieve an undefeated Ivy League dual meet record and win their first Ivy League Championship in nearly two decades. She assists Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry and Head Diving Coach Chris Bergere.
In her first season with the Bulldogs, Smith helped coach the team to an undefeated Ivy League Dual Meet Record and a second-place finish at the 2016 Ivy League Championships. Additionally, Smith helped coach three athletes to the 2016 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships.
During her second season with the Bulldogs, Smith helped to coach the team to their first Ivy League Championship title in nearly 20 years and their second consecutive Ivy League Dual Meet title.
If you are coming from out of town, we recommend Courtyard New Haven at Yale which is across the street from the pool.
***In accordance with the rules of the NCAA the camps are open to all swimmers but each camp will be limited by number of participants.
***In accordance with the rules of the NCAA we are prohibited to give free/reduced camps to prospects.
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