Develop your skills in the water.
Mercersburg Swim Clinics are dedicated to improving students’ techniques and helping them develop as swimmers both inside and outside of the pool. Mercersburg Academy’s storied aquatics program has produced more than 30 Olympians and brings a tradition of excellence to their summer program.
The primary aim of Mercersburg Swim Clinics is to provide an experience that teaches swimmers the most innovative techniques available while offering a fun environment. The philosophy is simple: swimmers don’t just compile distance, but rather work on improvements in starting, turning, and stroke techniques. Prospective registrants should be aware that this program isn’t an introduction to swimming, but rather is geared toward those with some experience on a swim team or in similar programs.
Mercersburg Swim Clinics participants stay in Mercersburg Academy’s residence halls. The program is led by Glenn Neufeld, the school’s head swim coach and former YMCA national coach of the year. The swimmer-to-staff ratio is around 5 to 1, and coaches and instructors are current and former college swimmers or Mercersburg Academy graduates with swimming experience.
Meet the Director
Glenn Neufeld came to Mercersburg Academy from the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, where he was the director of competitive aquatics and national team coach for 13 years. He also spent one season as assistant swimming coach at the University of Alabama. Glenn’s teams consistently finished in the top five at YMCA Nationals, and his swimmers have won 44 YMCA national titles and a YMCA national championship in 2009.
Glenn was the 2011 YMCA National Coach of the Year and spent three years on the YMCA Swimming National Advisory Committee. The Mercersburg Academy girls’ and boys’ swimming teams won the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships in 2016 and 2022, respectively, and they won the combined Easterns in 2023.
Mercersburg: A Tradition of Swimming Excellence
More than a century of excellence in the pool; 24 Olympians who have earned 11 medals (including four golds) representing the USA and 11 other countries; 243 High School All-Americans since 1935; nine National High School/Interscholastic team championships; 20 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving championships.
Mercersburg’s tradition of excellence extends to the collegiate level. Over the last several years, alumni have gone on to compete at Amherst, Army, Bates, Boston University, Bucknell, Florida State, Lehigh, Navy, NYU, Pittsburgh, USC, St. Francis (NY), Rice, Texas A&M, Williams, and Trinity (TX).
At 41,000 square feet, the Lloyd Aquatic Center is a gem on Mercersburg’s campus and among the premier aquatic centers in the Mid-Atlantic. The facility opened in 2019 and includes the Olympic-size 10-lane Furnary Pool with a diving area, locker rooms, seating for spectators, and offices. A system of movable bulkheads allows the 50-meter space to be transformed into two separate 25-yard courses, giving swimmers the opportunity to train and compete at both short-course and long-course distances. The pool holds 480,000 gallons of water.
Dry-land training occurs in the McDowell Fitness Center, which features 6,000 square feet of contemporary equipment and programming.