New SwimMAC Elites Have to Hit the Ropes – Video

Swimming Video is courtesy of SwimMAC Elite & David Marsh Performance Swim Camps.

Dutch Olympian Dion Dreesens has joined SwimMAC Carolina Team Elite to train under swimming coach David Marsh,  and Dion’s gotten the SwimMAC Elite welcome. Marsh is all about power, specifically your power to weight ratio, and nothing tests that more than climbing the SwimMAC Elite ropes.

SwimSwam visited SwimMAC Elite’s HQ back in 2011, just to be a fly on the wall, and this is what we captured; Olympians Nick Thoman and Cullen Jones cranking out rope climb after rope climb.

Dion Dreesens, only 20, should see big gains after training under Coach Marsh. Here’s where he stands right now, his PBs:

  • 23.65 – 50 free
  • 49.73 – 100 free
  • 1:47.61 – 200 free
  • 3:51.83 – 400 free

Join David Marsh at the Queens University of Charlotte and David Marsh Performance Camp.

David Marsh, Camp logoCAMP DATES

Session 1 – May 18-21, 2014 

Session 2 – June 11-14, 2014 

Session 3 – July 13-16, 2014


Camp Focus:  The focus of this camp is technique and training with all four strokes, turns, and starts.  Our goal is to challenge you physically and mentally, and teach you the best ways to approach training sessions and seasons.

What to Expect: During your stay at Queens your drills and workouts will be designed with your summer goals in mind so that we can best prepare you for success at your championship meets.

Who This Camp Is For: Registered competitive swimmers looking for a training challenge.  For the best results, swimmers ages 11-18 are best suited for this camp.


Register at these links:

Resident Campers: $745.00

Commuter/Day Campers: $645.00

Decide which session works best for you, and whether you will need living accommodations during camp, and get signed-up today! Sessions fill up fast so get in early!

•         There is a $100 non-refundable deposit at the time of registration and the remaining balance will be due by April 1, 2014.

•         All registrations must be done online. No registrations will be accepted by mail

•         No refunds of any kind will be accepted after May 15th

•         Deposits are non-refundable

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David Marsh Performance is a SwimSwam Parnter. David Marsh also coached Mel Stewart.

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Almost got the lane line on the way down. Must be some relationship between swimswam and David Marsh. Lots of publicity for his swim camp on here.

Sean S

Swimswam posts quite a few articles on here that double as adverts, and while it is somewhat annoying they have to pay the bills.


this is nothing new, Mr Shoulberg had his swimmers doing this as far back as 1980. I know because I was there. He had 2 ropes about arm’s width apart and I vividly recall watching Bart Schneider climb to the top with a rope in each hand. Jeff, and I can’t remember his last name, went up the rope upside down.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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