South Bay Aquatics swimmer Julissa Arzave was chosen as one of 48 girls from across the country to participate in the USA Swimming’s National Select Camp Oct. 19-22 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“We are very excited for Juli to get this amazing opportunity,” said SBA head coach Tom Paradowski. “She has shown tremendous dedication to her sport and has been a rising star in the San Diego swimming community. As a high school athlete at Bonita Vista High School, she made the finals at the state championships the past two years.
“This summer she finished 11th at the Junior Nationals in the 1,500-meter freestyle event and qualified for the Senior Nationals. Juli also was the Western Zone champion in the 5K open water championships. This elite camp is another step towards her ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Trials and competing for a spot on the United States Olympic team. All of her teammates at South Bay Aquatics are very proud of her.”
During the three-day camp, Arzave will experience the day-to-day routine of a national team athlete and utilize the state-of-the-art training facilities. The campers will learn from top professionals on topics such as post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy.
“The National Select camp is an important stepping stone for athletes on the brink of earning a spot on the National Junior Team,” said Pat Hogan, USA Swimming’s Club Development Managing Director. “A strategic element of this camp is teaching and reinforcing the national team culture which has always been a key part of the USA’s success in international competition. We want these athletes to cultivate a deep-rooted allegiance to Team USA.”
Arzave is one of 96 top USA Swimming athletes – 48 male and 48 female – selected for the camp. Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times during the 2017 qualifying period, where the three fastest athletes in each event, ranging from age 14 to 16, are invited to the camp.
For more information on National Select Camp and the selection process, visit the website at www.usaswimming.org/articles-landing-page/2017/02/03/national-select-camp
As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education.
Membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, promote the sport, achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.