Portland, OR

High Performance Swim Camp Series

Sat, Apr, 04 2020 - Sun, Apr, 05 2020

Parkrose Community Swim Center
12003 NE Shaver St., Portland, OR 97220

Event Detail

Two-Day Comprehensive Breaststroke Camp – Sign up for one or BOTH Days! 

This is a two-day high performance swim camp focused on racing faster in every breaststroke race. Saturday will cover the fundamentals of efficient breaststroke technique as well as strategies for faster racing.  Sunday’s focus will be breaststroke turns, pullouts, and finishes.

This clinic will be led by Olympic medalist Kristy Kowal!  Her attention to detail and eye for perfect technique will make your participant a faster and more efficient swimmer!  Scroll down for more details on the curriculum.

Session Times:
11 & Under: Check in 1:15 PM, Clinic 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
12 & Over: Check in 4:15 PM, Clinic 4:30-6:30 PM
11 & Under: Check in 10:15 AM, Clinic 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
12 & Over: Check in 1:15 PM, Clinic 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

Suggested Participants

SAVE: Sign up before prices rise or the sessions fill up!

Kristy will lead two sessions for swimmers ages 12 & over and two sessions for swimmers ages 11 & under with at least one year of competitive experience. Swimmers younger than 9 years old are not recommended for these clinics without a coach’s approval.



Great breaststrokers not only understand the components to a powerful kick and a strong pull, but they also understand how and when each piece fits together. At this session, Olympic medalist Kristy Kowal will be in the water to help each participant deepen their understanding of breaststroke through the use of drills, practice, and feedback.

  • KICK: Kristy will work with each participant to understand how to set their feet on the water and jump off. Swimmers will learn how to keep their knees anchored and hips high throughout the kick to create more power and reduce drag.
  • PULL: A breaststroke pull begins with a powerful outsweep that transitions into a strong catch during the insweep. Your swimmer's hands should accelerate through the finish under their chin before driving forward along the surface to land in a streamlined glide. The drills in this session will help participants learn the right width and speed of their pull for a more efficient breaststroke.
  • BODY POSITION: It is very easy to create drag in breaststroke by letting your hips drop or feet sag! Maintaining a horizontal body position in the water is so important to keeping a fast and efficient stroke.
  • TIMING: One of the most important skills in breaststroke is mastering the WHEN! Your swimmer must have a solid understanding of when to pull, kick, breathe, glide, and accelerate! Kristy will ensure that your swimmer knows how each part of breaststroke fits together for a more connected stroke.
  • RACE STRATEGY: Each breaststroker and breaststroke race has their own sweet spot for the right tempo and stroke count. Finding the right formula can help any breaststroker drop time! At this session, your swimmer will work on their race strategy in the 50, 100, and 200 breast so that they go into every race with more confidence to be successful.


Breaststroke races are often won and lost because of the quality of turns and finishes of the competitors. Many people don't realize this, but the push-off and streamline from the wall after a turn SHOULD BE the fastest a swimmer will go while in the water other than the streamline after a dive. Even elite-level swimmers often add in extra movements on their turns and finishes that slow them down and even cause them to lose close races. At these sessions, Olympic medalist Kristy Kowal will work with each participant to maintain their momentum at these key points in a race.

  • OPEN TURNS: Think about the open turn differently! You should not be making an open to turn around and swim the next lap. If you're doing this - you're actually stopping and then trying to regain speed again. An expertly executed open turn involves spinning backwards. This enables you to carry momentum into the pushoff. We're going to teach you how to cut a lot of time on this turn... helping you in all of your breaststroke races!
  • BREASTSTROKE PULLOUTS: The best breaststrokers are faster under the water than on the surface! Learn the components and sequence of movements that make up a fast underwater breaststroke pullout. With the proper body position and timing, a swimmer's pullout will take them almost to the other side of the pool faster than you could imagine.
  • BREASTSTROKE FINISHES: Kristy will work with participants to know when to take their last stroke before accelerating into the finish keeping their hips high and arms long. Swimmers will work on timing the touch perfectly with their fingertips while keeping their heads down for a faster finish.


Swimmers and parents are invited to ask Kristy questions during a Q&A session. Gain insight into her training regimen, diet and nutrition, and recovery tactics.


Observe Kristy swim at full speed and demonstrate a progression of perfectly executed drills to achieve powerful, efficient and fast swimming.


Swimmers will get to practice what they've learned by taking their stroke to top speed with one of the best breaststrokers in the world! They'll work on holding onto their form while challenging themselves.

Take a photo with Kristy, get autographs, and ALL PARTICIPANTS receive a FREE Fitter and Faster Collector’s Bag Tag for each day they are at the camp. Collect all 37 and trade with your friends!

Inquisitive, Educated Swimmers are Faster Swimmers! Sign up today!