Total Performance Mission
Total Performance Swim Camps aims to provide age-group competitive swimmers with a camp experience that combines world-class coaching, excellence in training and technique instruction, renowned facilities, beautiful and safe campuses, and most importantly, lots of personal attention, mentoring, and fun!
Why Total Performance? - In our own words...
Sarah Steen Holcomb - CEO of Total Performance - When my father (Coach Jim Steen) started Total Performance over 35 years ago, he was committed to creating something unique. As a coach, he wanted a camp where young competitive swimmers could get world-class instruction and be challenged to become better. As a father, he wanted campers to be in an intimate environment where they were free to learn, have fun and be safe. What resulted was Total Performance Swim Camps!
Over the years, he built an industry-wide reputation for providing young athletes individual attention, instructional excellence, an engaging and educative curriculum, and opportunities to make personal connections with coaches and college athletes. Yet, what makes Total Performance truly special is our team - as evidenced by the number of campers and staff that return year-after-year. We bring together head coaches and college athletes who love their sport and find inspiration in sharing their expertise and experiences with the next generation of young swimmers. I’m honored and thrilled to carry on the Total Performance tradition of excellence, and I look forward to the day when my children can be Total Performance campers!
Jessen Book - Director of Elite Swim Camps at Kenyon - The Total Performance Elite Camps are built around the same principles that have built Kenyon College Swimming into the nation's leader for swimming success. These camps are innovative & imaginative, and take an intensive & detailed look at the nuances of Elite Swimming. Our staff brings passion and curiosity to the workouts and lectures, which inspires our campers to achieve beyond what they thought possible. Every summer I am excited to work with our elite campers who: 1) are eager to increase their own understanding and appreciation of our sport, and 2) have a strong desire to swim fast!
Bob Rueppel – Director of Competitive Stroke Camps at Kenyon - I joined the Total Performance Team in 2004 as the Director of the Total Performance Swim Camp at Franklin and Marshall College where I was also head coach. After leaving F&M for Middlebury College in 2011, Coach Steen asked me to come to Kenyon to direct the Competitive Stroke Camp, and I now enter my 5th year in that capacity. It is an honor to be a part of the camp on the exact site it was founded over 30 years ago. While at F&M, I was initially attracted to Total Performance because I felt its foundation was based on a philosophy of balance. By optimizing all aspects of training, technique, discipline and basic life skills, success can be achieved. I am continuously impressed with the growth our campers show in just one week with Total Performance.
Dan Gelderloos – Director of Competitive Stroke Camp at Calvin – When we built our new facility 6 years ago I saw this as an opportunity to use my passion for swimming to bring young swimmers to Calvin College with a summer swim camp. I looked around at other camps around the country and one of the best camps I kept hearing about was Total Performance Swim Camps run out of Kenyon College with Coach Steen. I have always associated Coach Steen and Kenyon Swimming as one of the best programs in the country. I was hopeful, given Calvin and Kenyon’s similarities as prestigious private liberal arts institutions with great facilities and strong swimming programs, he’d be willing to take us on as a branch of Total Performance. I am very grateful that he allowed us to do this. I have learned a lot from Coach Steen, from other coaches in the camps, and am benefited by one of the best administrative swim camp staffs around.
Anne Rueppel – Total Performance Administrator – I feel privileged to have the opportunity to join the Total Performance staff for the 2016 camp season. Being a collegiate coach’s wife, a parent of a previous Total Performance camper and current camp counselor, I was thrilled to join this team of people who inspire athletes of all ages and from many different locations. Total Performance is a family and to be involved in a camp that has great dedication to young athletes is an honor.