Press Release for Monday, February 23, 2009

Aquatics Center Offers First Stroke Clinic to Local Swimmers

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Aquatic Center will offer its first Stroke Clinic to local swimmers during spring break for students in Duval and St. Johns counties. The clinic has been designed to address the need for a notable stroke proficiency program on the First Coast.

The swim clinic for Duval County students will be held Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 3, and on Monday, April 6, through Friday, April 10, for students in St. Johns County. Both clinics will be held from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost is $250 and includes lunch, goody bag, booklet and certificate of completion.

The maximum enrollment for both clinics is 18 students and all participants must have a competitive swim background. Clinic participants must be able to swim 50 yards each stroke, 200 yards continuously and able to swim 200 IM.

The lead trainer for the swim clinic is Jennifer Wish Salles-Cunha, who trained under two Hall of Fame coaches. She held many national records as an age-group swimmer and went on to several Senior National Championships and the U.S. Olympic Trials. She has produced Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Ervin, 16 nationally top-ranked swimmers as well as junior and senior national qualifiers.

The swim clinic will improve the education, style and techniques of each participant in the sport of swimming. Clinic participants will work on techniques that focus on an efficient stroke and improved times, dives and turns, swimming exercises, stretches and nutrition education.

For more information about the Stroke Clinic, contact Carlos Mejia, UNF aquatics coordinator, at (904) 620-2856 or by e-mail at