By Sharon Robb
April 3, 2015—Three-time Olympic coach Chris Anderson of South Florida Aquatic Club was named head coach of USA Swimming’s Western Zone Select Camp.
The camp will be held May 28-31 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
John Fedena of SwimMAC will serve as head manager and Heather Thomas of Redmond Aquatic Club is assistant manager.
Anderson’s coaching staff includes David Berkoff of Missoula Aquatic Club, Cortney Martellucci of Davis Arden Racing Team, James Richey of Boulder Swimming and Mike Werner of Park City Swimming.
Berkoff is an Olympic champion and former world record holder in the backstroke best known for his powerful underwater start.
Anderson is coach of three-time Jamaican Olympian and world record holder Alia Atkinson. South Florida Aquatic Club is currently the most successful and largest team in the Florida Gold Coast.
The former Clemson All-American and team captain has coached three swimmers at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and has served as Jamaican Olympic coach for three Olympics. He has coached at every major international meet including World Championships, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.
Recently, SOFLO swept all three titles at the Senior Championships—combined, women’s and men’s—for the first time in the club’s 15-year history. SOFLO also won both the Florida Gold Coast Junior Olympics and Senior Championships in the short course season for the third year in a row.
It is the first time Anderson will serve as a head coach of a Zone Select team. In 2007 he was an assistant coach of the Southern Zone Select Camp. He was also Florida Gold Coast Chairman from 2008 to 2013.
USA Swimming sponsors four Zone Select Camps in an effort to identify the emerging young athletes in each Zone and offer them a unique motivational and educational experience.
The Zone Select Camps are viewed as an integral step for athletes to move from the local and Zone level on to the national scene.
Camps include five long course workouts, four educational sessions and recreational activities. USA Swimming provides each athlete and staff member with appropriate gear, equipment and educational materials.
There are three other zone select camps in the U.S. The Central Zone, May 21-24 at University of Cincinnati; Southern Zone, May 21-24 at Florida Gulf Coast and Eastern Zone, June 4-7, at University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Twenty eight boys and twenty eight girls are selected in each of the four zones. Selected girls must be age 12-13 at the time of performance and selected boys must be 13-14 at the time of performance.
Fifteen athletes of each sex are selected based on the 2014 Long Course Meters IMX point scores. Then the fastest swimmers in each zone in each long course meters Olympic event are invited for a total of 13 girls and 13 boys.
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