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Nicholas Toepfer Selected to Participate at USA Swimming Eastern Zone Select Camp

Posted: Jun. 06, 2018

Team Contact: Bernie Dickman 617-691-7742 |

Fifty-six top USA Swimming athletes from the eastern zone invited to camp

Charlottesville, VA –  Local South Shore YMCA Strypers’ swimmer, Nicholas (Nick) Toepfer has been chosen as one of 56 swimmers (28 female and 28 male) for the USA Swimming’s Eastern Zone Select Camp set at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville June 6-9, 2018.

“We are extremely proud to have Nick representing the South Shore YMCA Strypers at the Eastern Zone Select Camp,” said Bernie Dickman, Director of Competitive Swimming and Nick’s coach. “This honor reflects the hard work he’s put into his training and is another step toward his goal of swimming at the 2020 Olympic Trials.”  Dickman has also been selected as a coach for the USA Eastern Zone Select Camp.  “It is exciting to be able to participate in the camp.  It is a great opportunity to see, work with and learn from some of the fastest swimmers in our region as well as some great coaches.  It is truly exciting that one of those athletes is ours!”

During the four-day camp, Toepfer will participate in five long course workouts and had the opportunity to learn from professionals about post-race recovery, psychological training skills, nutrition and race strategy.

The Selection Process:  Toepfer is one of the 28 top male USA Swimming athletes in the Eastern Zone selected for the camp. Swimmers are selected from the SWIMS database of top times during the 2017 qualifying period, where the fastest athlete in each event, ranging from age 12 to 13 for girls and 13 to 14 for boys are invited to the camp. Nick posted the fastest times in the Eastern Zone in the 100m and 200m Backstroke with New England record setting times.  There are three zones in the US for USA swimming.

About USA Swimming
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. Our 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

About South Shore YMCA Strypers Team
The South Shore YMCA Strypers Swim Team is a former Silver Medal Club in the United States Swimming National Club Excellence Program. As part of the South Shore YMCA, the Strypers embody the YMCA’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, developing each individual in a competitive team atmosphere to be successful in swimming and in life. The South Shore YMCA Strypers, are committed to providing every swimmer with a safe environment in which they can develop the tools they need to grow personally, socially, and athletically. For more information on the South Shore YMCA competitive swim program, contact Bernie Dickman at, or visit