The goal of the Swim Camp is to teach and develop all four competitive strokes, starts, turns, and to provide campers with a rewarding and fun camp experience. A low camper-to-counselor ratio ensures that participants have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Each day of camp will focus on a different stroke. Monday will focus on freestyle, Tuesday will focus on backstroke, breaststroke on Wednesday, butterfly on Thursday, and on Friday, we will focus on starts and turns.
The morning session will focus on stroke technique. Campers will take what they learn from out-of-water instruction and apply it to their stroke, using a variety of drills and equipment. By practicing in smaller groups with campers of similar ability, campers will be able to receive immediate constructive feedback from their counselors and they will be able to learn from their peers.
The afternoon session will begin with either a mini-lecture or out-of-water games to enhance the campers’ sense of teamwork and cooperation. This will be followed by an additional session in the water to increase overall fitness with swimmers of similar ability.
By the end of the week, swimmers will have learned skills that they can apply and share with their other teams.
- Improve a swimmer’s body position and efficiency in the water
- Improve and develop all four competitive strokes
- Improve overall fitness
- Improve and develop competitive swimming starts and turns
- Improve swimming endurance
- Swim 25 yards of competitive freestyle (head in water, rotary breathing) and 25 yards of backstroke
- Must have an awareness of the four competitive strokes
- Must be willing to spend 90 continuous minutes in the water
- Water bottle
Kristy Jones, Camp Director
Kristy Jones enters her third season as camp director and head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at Babson College. Jones guided the team to its most dual-meet victories since 2002 with 10 during the 2017-18 season. Additionally, eight different swimmers have been part of a school record over her first two seasons leading the program. She is just the second head coach in the 32-year history of the women’s program.
Jones comes to Babson following a tremendously successful two-year stint as an assistant men’s and women’s swimming coach at WPI. Jones was responsible for day-to-day training sessions for the distance and individual medley competitors, including out-of-season strength and conditioning workouts for the Engineers, whose teams combined to set 47 school records. Additionally, she assisted with fundraising and recruiting while helping both squads set new records for dual-meet victories during the 2015–2016 campaign.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Jones has an extensive background working with youth swimming. She has been a full-time assistant coach with the Greenwood Swimming Club in Worcester since 2013, and served as the head boys and girls varsity swim coach at Martinsville (Ind.) High School from 2003–2004.