DARIEN, Conn. -- Kaki Christensen of Darien was chosen as one of 68 swimmers from across the country for USA Swimming’s National Select Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Christensen is a junior at Darien High School and joined CP-AC at Chelsea Piers Connecticut of Stamford in 2013.
“We are extremely proud of the hard work Kaki put in over the last three years leading up to this honor,” CP-AC Swimming Head Coach and Aquatics Director, Jamie Barone said. “Her performance at Junior Nationals last summer was outstanding and earned her the right to be picked for this experience. This is a fantastic motivator for her and a great way to get noticed by USA Swimming,”
During the three-day camp, set for Jan. 19 to 22, Christensen 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 about post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy. The athletes will also have the opportunity to hear from Olympian Elizabeth Beisel and National teamer Seth Stubblefield about their National team experience.
“One of the longest standing Club Development programs, the National Select Camp is part of the pathway to the USA Swimming National 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.”
Christensen is one of 68 top USA Swimming athletes – 34 male and 34 female – selected for the camp. Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times during the 2016 qualifying period, where the two fastest athletes in each event, ranging from age 14 to 16 are invited to the camp.