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Russell Whitaker Selected to Work USA Swimming National Select Camp

Oct 19, 2022

Washington State Women's Swimming Director of Operations Russell Whitaker was recently chosen to be one of two USA Swimming National Select Camp Managers. 
In this position, Whitaker oversaw the training of a five-member coaching staff along with the day-to-day activities of 51 future Olympians who were selected to attend the USA National Select Camp. 
The opportunity was one that the Wyoming swimming alum was honored to receive and hopes to be selected to coach and manage future National Select Camps. 
The three lessons Whitaker took from the experience are to always make sure that athlete's voices are heard and listened to, how to set a positive team culture and to learn to collaborate with coaches that have new ideas. Whitaker will bring back the knowledge from the National Select Camps coaching staff and share what he's learned with the WSU swim team. 
"Having the camp at the Olympic training center you leave with a lot of pride for Team USA," said Whitaker.  
After managing the USA National Select Camp Whitaker feels inspired by the growth of the sport and wants to spread the innovation and pride he has witnessed at the camp. 
Russell Whitaker is in his sixth year with the Cougar Women's Swimming Program and coaches the Cougar Aquatic Swim Club.