Nike Women’s Crew Camp USC

Nike Women’s Crew Camp USC
Nike Women’s Crew Camp USC

Nike Crew Camps and USC team up for their inaugural season! USC Women's Crew has established itself as a premiere program on the west coast and nationally through their experienced and elite coaching staff committed to excellence, hard work, and dedication.

With 12 consecutive bids to the NCAA Championships, USC Women's Crew proves to be a dominant force in collegiate rowing. Their passionate and expert coaching staff has developed a dynamic environment that enables rowers to thrive.

Highlights Include

  • Get an inside look at the winner of the 2016 Women's Capital One Cup for the best Division I collegiate athletics programs
  • Expert video analysis on the erg and on the water
  • Practice on Last 500 Machines and RP3 Machines
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Dates & Prices

Meet Camp Coaches

Camp Director

Guillermo Lemus

Guillermo Lemus enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy. Lemus brings over 20 years of coaching experience to the Trojan staff.

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Lemus joins USC following a five-year (2012-16) stint as an assistant coach for the University of San Diego. While with the Toreros, Lemus served as a recruiter and was responsible for training, rigging, and operational direction of the USD program. He was instrumental in the development of three CRCA All-Americans (Michelle Campbell, 2014; Nneka Anyanwu, 2015) including the program's first-ever first-team All-American Uche Anyanwu (2016). Campbell was named the 2014 West Coast Conference Rower of the Year and was the league's newcomer of the year in 2013. Nneka Anyanwu was the 2014 WCC Newcomer of the Year.

Under Lemus, San Diego also produced back-to-back WCC Coxswains of the Year: Erica Mayer, 2014 and Kaitlin Soper, 2013. The Toreros had 12 All-WCC honorees and finished first or tied for first at the WCC Championships four times in Lemus' five seasons with the crew.

In just his first months with the Toreros, as coach of the freshman eight, Lemus guided his crew to first place at the 2012 Newport Autumn Rowing Festival. In 2014, Lemus helped coach the USD varsity four to a stunning victory over the nation's No. 1-ranked V4 from California at the Lake Natoma Invitational. Later that season, he and the USD staff guided the Toreros to the program's historic first appearance at the NCAA championships where San Diego finished 15th. Under his guidance, USD's novice eight won the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at the 2015 San Diego Crew Classic.

Before his arrival at San Diego, Lemus served as the women's juniors' coach of the San Diego Rowing Club from 2007-11. Many of the rowers under his tutelage went on to receive NCAA Division I rowing scholarships. Lemus helped lead SDRC to its third-place finish at the 2008 Youth National Championships.

From 2006-07, Lemus was the head juniors' coach at the California Yacht Club. In those two years, he transformed what was a recreational juniors program into a national contender. He led the CYC juniors to three grand final and two petite final finishes at the 2007 Junior
National Championships and a gold medal in the women's double at the 2007 Club National Championship.

While at CYC, Lemus was also a coach at Lions Rowing Club in Marina del Rey, Calif., where he established the club's first competitive national-level master's team. He helped LRC to three gold and two silver medals at the 2006 Masters' Nationals Championships. Lemus led the crew to a sixth-place finish in 2005, and a silver-medal finish in 2006 in the women's club eights at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Lemus was the head coach of UCLA's women's club team from 1999 to 2001. During his tenure with the Bruins, he helped the program reach its current NCAA Division I classification and became the crew's assistant coach from 2001-05. As the assistant head coach at UCLA, his contribution to the coaching staff helped the Bruins capture the 2002 Pac-10 Novice Eight championship, the crew's rise to a then program-best CRCA ranking of No. 15, and the team's first NCAA championship appearance. At UCLA, he was in charge of the novice rowers, including all aspects of coaching and recruiting on-campus athletes. In addition, Lemus oversaw matters related to the rowing facility and coordinated regattas and team activities.

Prior to landing at UCLA, Lemus was the head novice coach for both the men and women's programs at Loyola Marymount (1998-99). Concurrently, Lemus was also the women's novice rowing coach at the Marina Aquatic Center from 1996-99.

An accomplished rower himself, Lemus won three medals at the 2000 Master's National Championships, two silvers in the A fours and A double, and a bronze in the A eight. He went to the 2002 Northwest and Southwest Regional Master's Championships, where he brought home gold and silver in the men's A double. In his last competitions before focusing his attention directly on coaching, Lemus returned to the 2003 Master's National Championships where he won two more medals; a silver and a bronze in the B quad and four.

A native of Guatemala, Lemus began rowing at the age of 12, and later trained with the Guatemalan Junior National Team. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in accounting and computer programming from the International Institute for Computer Studies in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Lemus holds a USRowing Level III coaching education certificate and has USRowing Advanced Coaching Series training.

He currently resides in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Coach

Ligita Kaviere

One of the top rowers in the history of the USC program, Ligita Kaviere is in her eighth season as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy. In just her first year as a full-time assistant...

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One of the top rowers in the history of the USC program, Ligita Kaviere is in her eighth season as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy. In just her first year as a full-time assistant coach in 2010, Kaviere helped lead USC to one of its best seasons in school history. The Trojans sent all three boats to the NCAA championships for the fourth time and for the second year in a row. It was the first time that USC put two boats in NCAA grand finals for the first time. There, the varsity eight took sixth and the varsity four was fourth. She later helped guide the Women of Troy to a program-best fourth-place NCAA finish in 2013.

Kaviere served as a student assistant coach during the 2009 season and helped Troy qualify all three boats to the NCAA championships; USC's third team bid in program history.

In 2007, Kaviere was an integral piece to a USC crew that won the school's first-ever Pac-10 varsity eight and team championships. She rowed from the sixth seat in the varsity eight, which finished third at the NCAA championships. Kaviere was also a member of the varsity eight that won the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic; the second in USC history.

Kaviere amassed many prestigious awards during her career, including being named a CRCA/Pocock All-American in 2006 and 2007. She was also named CRCA All-West Region First Team and Pac-10 All-Conference in 2006 and 2007.

Prior to arriving at USC, Kaviere rowed the double-scull event for the Latvian Olympic Union for three years.

She was a seven-year member of the SASS Rowing Club while in high school. SASS Rowing Club won the quad race every year since 2000 with Kaviere on the crew at the Latvian National Championships. Kaviere was also a two-time Latvian Junior Champion and a five-time Latvian Champion. She won gold at the 2002 Junior Worlds, bronze at the 2003 U23 Worlds and was fourth in the 2004 U23 Worlds. In 2006, she placed seventh in doubles and 11th in singles at the U23 Championships.

Born in Cesis, Latvia, Kaviere was a 2004 graduate of the Murjanu Sports Gymnasium Jurmala Branch in Jurmala, Latvia. She resides in Long Beach, Calif., and enjoys rock music, dancing, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, watching ice hockey, and cooking in her spare time.

Coach

Zenon Babraj

One of the West Coast's most accomplished coaches, Zenon Babraj is in his 15th year (2016-17) as director of rowing and head coach of the Women of Troy. He is a two-time CRCA West...

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One of the West Coast's most accomplished coaches, Zenon Babraj is in his 15th year (2016-17) as director of rowing and head coach of the Women of Troy. He is a two-time CRCA West Region and Pac-12 Women's Rowing Coach of the Year (2007, '13) and wields an impressive resume on both the national and international levels.

Under Babraj's guidance, the Trojans have achieved the greatest success in the program's history. He is responsible for each of USC's 10 team bids to the NCAA championships (2005, '07, '09-16) and brought the Trojans their first and only conference team title in 2007. In 2013, his crew's fourth-place finish at the NCAA championships was a program-best mark.

Babraj's rowers have earned 25 of USC's 28 CRCA All-America selections and 44 All-West-Region certificates. He has produced 26 All-Conference rowers including the 2007 Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year Gabriela Varekova and the 2013 Pac-12 Athlete of the Year and Pac-12 Medal winner Melanie Grindle. Babraj has also maintained a steady flow of academic honors with 66 conference all-academic selections and 29 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete awards.

Babraj's crews have brought USC six victories for the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup in the San Diego Crew Classic (2007, `11-15) and have claimed a pair of Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophies (2V8) and three Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cups (V4+) from the annual west-coast regatta.

His 2007 varsity eight garnered the school's first-ever No. 1 ranking and became just the second USC eight to win the Jessop-Whittier Cup (2001). In 2013, the Trojans held the nation's top ranking as a team for six consecutive weeks heading into the NCAA championships. Under his guidance, individual Trojan boats have won three Pac-12 titles including the 2007 and 2013 varsity eight and the 2005 varsity four.

USC has finished as high as fourth in the final team standings at the NCAA championships (2013) and has had two bronze-medal winners (2007 and 2012) in the varsity eight, and a silver-medal varsity four (2013) under Babraj.

In 2010, the Women of Troy put two boats in NCAA grand finals for the first time in program history. USC's varsity eight finished in sixth and the varsity four finished in fourth place. A year later, Babraj's 2011 crew put all three of its boats into NCAA grand finals. USC'S V8 took fifth while the 2V8 earned a program-best sixth-place finish and the V4 claimed bronze for its best finish since claiming the 1998 crown. The Trojans also had all three of their boats in grand finals in 2013.

Babraj and his wife Kelly were first hired as co-head coaches of the Trojans' program in June of 2002. The pair took over as only the second coaching staff in USC history since the decision to adopt women's rowing as a scholarship sport at Troy was made in 1996.

In his first season on campus, Babraj guided the varsity eight to just its second appearance in the NCAA grand final for a sixth-place finish. Two seasons later, USC received its first-ever team bid to the NCAA championships and finished 11th in the final team standings.

In 2007, Babraj led the Trojans to their second Jessop-Whittier Cup title at the San Diego Crew Classic, a program-first Pac-10 varsity eight title, and the team's first-ever conference team championship. The league crown catapulted the Women of Troy to their second team appearance at the NCAA championships; the varsity eight's 10th consecutive trip. There, Trojan boats enjoyed their most successful showing in program history as the varsity four and second varsity eight each won their petite finals and the varsity eight took a school-best third-place finish in the grand final. The team's performance earned the Trojans a fifth-place overall finish. Babraj was named the 2007 CRCA West-Region Coach of the Year and Pac-10 Women's Rowing Coach of the Year.

USC's varsity eight earned its 11th straight trip to the NCAA championships in 2008 where it finished in 10th overall. In 2009, Babraj's guidance brought the Trojans their third team bid to the NCAA championships. USC finished 11th overall in the team standings and had ninth-place finishes from both the varsity eight and the second varsity eight.

A native of Warsaw, Poland, Babraj was a member of the Polish National Rowing Team for 10 years (1969-78) as both a sweep oarsman and a sculler. In 1978, he was named head coach of the SKRA Warsaw club program and assumed responsibilities as director of the Olympic Training Center. During his tenure, he led crews to nine national championships and saw 15 of his athletes selected to Poland's National and Olympic teams.

In 1984, under martial law, Babraj defected to the United States and made his first stop in Seattle, Wash., where he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Washington under legendary Husky head coach Dick Erickson for one season.

He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in the spring of 1985 where he became the director of the Cincinnati Rowing Club. During his time with the CRC, his program became a designated National Training Center and Babraj helped organize the National Championship Regatta. In the summer of 1986, he accepted his first position with the U.S. National Team as an assistant coach.

Babraj later coached at Brown University and in 1986, he led his freshman crews to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship in the eight and four events. That summer, Babraj returned to the U.S. National Team where he coached the pre-elite crews to gold and silver medals at the U.S. Olympic Festival.

In the summer of 1986, Babraj returned to the West Coast, as the men's rowing program director at UCLA, taking over a then-floundering program. In five years with the Bruins (1987-91), he led the men to an unprecedented three straight Pac-10 Championships (1987-89) and earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades in each of those seasons. UCLA's 1987 Pac-10 Championship was the school's first in 17 years, while the 1988 title marked the first repeat in the 55-year history of the program. In 1990, Babraj guided the Bruins to a bronze medal at the Collegiate National Championships which marked a then-highest finish ever by a UCLA crew.

While at UCLA, he produced seven national team athletes and three Olympians. In 1987, Babraj also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, and helped lead the eights to a gold medal. In 1989, he served as head coach for the World University Games held in Duisburg, Germany.

When funding for the UCLA varsity program was cut in 1992, Babraj and his wife Kelly moved to Alaska and opened the Alaska Sports Academy where they trained individuals and teams in several sports at the high school, collegiate, and elite level. Together, they coached a number of athletes who went on to compete on U.S. national teams in their respective sports. The pair left Alaska in 1999 when Babraj was again hired as an assistant rowing coach with the U.S. National Team in preparation for the World Championships.

Babraj turned down a permanent position with the National Team in 2000 to instead assume the responsibility of rebuilding a struggling program at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. At the same time, Kelly accepted the head coaching position at William Smith College (Hobart, a men's private college, is a brother school to William Smith, a women's private college), where the pair spent three years (2000-02). Babraj led the Statesmen to two undefeated seasons (2001-02) and his crews finished as the top Division III team at the 2002 Head of the Charles and Stonehurst Invitational.

Babraj holds a master's degree in physical education and a rowing coaching diploma from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland. He earned a general certificate of education from the Engineering College in Warsaw in 1974. In 1973, while attending Engineering College, he was honored with the City of Warsaw Award for saving a woman's life. Babraj also served in the Polish Special Forces and was named a top cadet in 1979.

Born in Warsaw on Sept. 1, 1954, Babraj and his wife Kelly reside in Rancho Palos Verdes and have two children, Arianna and Konrad. Babraj is the 1985 World Master's Champion in rowing and the 1997 U.S. Master's National Champion in cross-country skiing.

Coach

Kelly Babraj

Kelly Babraj enters her second season as USC's volunteer assistant coach. A native of Southern California, Babraj has over 20 years of coaching experience and was originally named...

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Kelly Babraj enters her second season as USC's volunteer assistant coach.

A native of Southern California, Babraj has over 20 years of coaching experience and was originally named head coach of the women's rowing program in June of 2002. She previously coached at Troy for five seasons (2002-07) but put her career on hiatus to be a full-time parent.

In her first season, Babraj helped guide the Trojans' varsity eight to its fifth-straight at-large bid to the NCAA championships and a sixth-place finish. In 2004, the varsity eight returned to the NCAA championships a sixth-straight appearance. In 2005, Babraj coached the varsity four to a Pac-10 Championship and helped the V8 finish third at the conference regatta. The Women of Troy later earned their first-ever team bid to the NCAA championships and finished 11th overall.

In 2006, although the team fell short of earning consecutive NCAA bids, the varsity eight still represented the Trojans at the championships to stretch USC's run of NCAA appearances to nine. Before she put her coaching career on hold, Babraj helped guide the Trojans to the program's first conference championship in 2007. The varsity eight won the Pac-10 crown and finished third at the NCAA championships in what was the program's second all-time appearance.

Babraj's coaching career began in 1986 at UCLA where she was an assistant coach. After just one year, she was elevated to head coach of the Bruins' program. By 1990, she had led UCLA to victories at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic and the program's first Pac-10 Championship.

In five seasons (1987-91) at the helm of the Bruin program, Babraj led UCLA to top-four finishes at the NCAA championships in 1990 and 1991, and Pac-10 titles in both seasons. The Bruins' Pac-10 championships marked the first time a school other than Washington had won the conference crown and, as a result, earned her three straight Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (1989-91). UCLA's third-place finish at the 1991 national championships was the highest finish ever for the Bruins.

While at UCLA, Babraj coached three rowers and a coxswain who were selected to compete at the Pan-Am Games in Cuba and later captured a gold medal. Three other members of the squad captured gold medals at the Olympic Sports Festival. She also placed eight athletes on U.S. National and Olympic Teams, including two world champions. In 1989, she served as the women's sculling coach for the U.S. Junior National Team where she coached several future world champions including Olympic medalist Sarah Garner.

Babraj left UCLA at the end of the 1991 season when funding for the program was cut by the athletic department. In 1992, Babraj and husband Zenon moved to Alaska to open the Alaska Sports Academy, where they trained individuals and teams in several sports at the high school, collegiate, and elite level. Together, they coached a number of athletes who went on to compete on U.S. national teams in their respective sports. The pair left Alaska in 1999 when Zenon was hired as an assistant rowing coach with the U.S. National Team in preparation for the World Championships.

In 2000, Babraj accepted the head coaching position at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., and Zenon took over as head coach at Hobart College (Hobart, a men's private college, is a brother school to William Smith, a women's private college), where the pair spent the three years (2000-02) prior to arriving at USC. Babraj directed the steady improvement of the William Smith rowing program and her efforts led the 2002 squad to a third-place team finish at the first-ever NCAA Division III Rowing Championships. William Smith also had four rowers named to the 2002 CRCA All-America teams.

In her three years in Geneva, Babraj led her varsity eight crews to the 2000 New York State Rowing Championships and two NCAA appearances in 2000 and 2002 (before 2002, two Division III teams were invited annually to compete in an all-divisions championship).

Babraj graduated from UCLA in 1985 with a bachelor of arts in psychology. As senior captain of the crew team, competing under her maiden name of Kelly Martz, she helped lead the varsity four to the 1985 National Collegiate Championship and a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships later that summer. She was invited to the U.S. National Team camp in 1985 and won the gold medal in the pairs at the U.S. Olympic Festival that summer.

Babraj prepped at Palos
Verdes (Calif.) High School where she
was a team captain and all-league basketball player and swimmer. She also won several triathlons including the Malibu and Yuma triathlons and the USTS Bonelli Lake Series. In 1978, she became the first female lifeguard ever hired at Newport Beach after finishing her training among the top 10 in a field of over 200 men.

Kelly was born on May 15, 1962, in Monrovia, Calif. She and Zenon currently reside in Rancho Palos Verdes. They have two children, Arianna and Konrad. Just one year after the birth of Arianna, Babraj won a gold, a silver, and a bronze medal at the Masters' National Cross Country Ski Championships.

Camp Details

TECHNIQUE AND RACING CAMP: JULY 25TH-28TH

Check-In: Tuesday at 1:30 PM at the Boathouse
Check-Out: Friday at 12:00 PM at the Boathouse
Daily Camp Hours: TUES 1:30PM-6PM, WED-THURS 8AM-4:30PM, FRI 8AM-12PM

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More Important Camp Details

TECHNIQUE AND RACING CAMP

Ages: 13-19
Suggested skill level: 1-10, out of 10

This camp is designed to cover the breadth of rowing with a focus on technical development and race strategies. There will be in-depth lectures and discussions of the rowing stroke, training regimens, and racing tactics. Athletes will take their rowing to the next level and experience what it is like to row at an elite Division I university. Camp will have a high level of intensity, rowing instruction, conditioning work, and lectures with a racing focus, including seat racing, race strategy, starts, sprinting and erg testing. Coxswains will be given individual feedback and the opportunity to review recordings of their race calls. Campers will be grouped based on age and ability on the first day of camp; all rowers and athletes are welcome.

OVERNIGHT CAMPERS


HOUSING & ROOMMATES

If you have a roommate request and have not already given it to us, please do so as soon as possible. Roommate requests are not guaranteed, if you don't have a roommate request, you will be placed in a room with someone near your age.

Bathrooms: Shared
Linens: Not provided
Air-conditioning: TBD
Pool: No
Room Key Deposit: TBD
Suggested Spending Money: TBD

SUPERVISION

Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.

TRANSPORTATION

Due to University and NCAA Policies, we are not allowed to offer any transportation to and from camps. The airport closest to the USC campus is LAX. 

SUPER SHUTTLE
Website: www.supershuttle.com
Phone: 1-800-258-3826

All campers commuting from the airport should be dropped off at the Boathouse with their belongings. They will be transported to their dorm rooms on campus after the first training session.

LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS

US Sports Camps does not provide hotel accommodations for campers or parents. If traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotel: 

  • Raddison at USC (Please call 213-748-4141 to reserve your room)

REGISTRATION PACKET

A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the spring. The US Sports Camps health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.  Campers must bring their health and release forms with them to check-in on the first day of camp.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We cannot offer scholarships due to NCAA regulations. Our affiliation with NCAA coaches and schools puts us in a position where any scholarship money can be seen as an inducement to a future collegiate athlete. This puts our coaches and our host universities in jeopardy of damaging their status with the NCAA and incurring penalties at the hands of their organizing body.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

If five or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $20 discount. If 10 or more campers register together, each camper is eligible for a $40 discount. 

  • To register your group online: Please have a team contact reach out directly to the USSC office at 1-800-645-3226 to receive a discount code to identify your group. Campers may then register individually through the website at their convenience and apply the coupon code during check-out.

*Please note, this information is subject to change.

Photos are courtesy of Jonathan Moore.

Facilities

The USC Boathouse was established in 1948 and continues to house Olympic and National Teams. The erg room has 4 RP3s and 2 Last 500 Machines, and 28 ergs. The athletic facility on campus has 35 erg machines and state of the art training equipment.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 6:45 AM Breakfast
  • 7:30 AM Depart for first workout
  • 11:30 AM Return from first workout
  • 11:30 AM -1:00 PM Lunch
  • 2:00 PM Depart for first workout, lecture, row
  • 5:00 PM Return from first workout
  • 6:00 PM -7:30 PM Dinner
  • 9:00 PM Evening activities with counselors
  • 10:00 PM Lights out

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This is our first year hosting a Nike Crew Camp at this location! For more information, feel free to contact us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP. We hope to see you this summer!

Camp Dates & Prices

Programs: Technique
Age Group: 13 - 19
Gender: Girls
Camp is open to participants of all abilities and is restricted only by gender and age.
OVERNIGHT $950.00
Availability: Open

DAY 8:00AM - 4:30PM $750.00
Availability: Open

* Please note, times may vary on the first and last day of camps. See "Camp Details" above for more specific information.
For additional camp information and dates call us at 1-800-NIKE-CAMP we would be happy to help you.