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Plainview Swimmer/West Hills Day Camper Trains with Olympic Champion Michael Phelps

Posted by Wendy Harrington

(Huntington, New York – November 24, 2009) – West Hills Day Camper and Plainview resident, Lauren Brandenstein, age nine, was selected by the camp’s senior leadership to attend a swim clinic featuring instruction by Michael Phelps – the winner of a record-setting eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Mr. Phelps has accumulated a total of 14 Olympic gold medals in his career. The swim clinic was held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park.

Lauren described the experience of being trained by Michael Phelps as “…awesome. I had the opportunity to learn with the best, and I was able to take away some very good strategies that will help me in my swimming.”

“Lauren was selected based on her swimming accomplishments and overall exceptional team spirit,” said Ms. Eileen Globus, West Hills Day Camp aquatics director. Lauren swam successfully during the school year and was coached by Jeryl Israel, a veteran swim coach in the Plainview Old-Bethpage School District.

“Learning from Michael Phelps was an exceptional opportunity for Lauren to bring her talent to the next level,” stated Kevin Gersh, vice president, West Hills Day Camp and Gersh Academy. “We challenge our campers each and every day to strive to be their personal best – that is the spirit of West Hills Day Camp.”

Lauren Brandenstein receives certificate to train with Michael Phelps. Pictured (left to right) Edward Gersh, West Hills Day Camp founder; Lauren Brandenstein; Erin Brandenstein; Julia Brandenstein; Kevin Gersh, vice president, West Hills Day Camp; and Michael Moore, executive director, West Hills Day Camp.

About West Hills Day Camp.
West Hills Day Camp has been serving Long Island for more than 50 years. Our 18-acre site has unsurpassed natural beauty and rustic charm with multi-faceted facilities that are the finest anywhere. Our dynamic programs are based on fully active participation and creative achievement in both individually oriented and group directed activities. More than 80 percent of our campers return to us year after year and generation after generation. Under the same ownership since its inception, West Hills Day Camp has a proud tradition and an enviable reputation. Please call 631.427.6700 or visit us online at for more information.

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