Boys Team

Welcome Athletes and Families to the Minnetonka High School Boys Swim & Dive Team          

On behalf of the coaching staff as well as Minnetonka's athletic department, welcome to Minnetonka Boys Swimming & Diving.


Athletes, please feel welcome to communicate with Coach Dan on any issues important to you or anything else that effects your commitment to our mission and team goals.  His contact info is located below.

This particular athletic program is proud of its rich tradition both recently and over the last three decades. We are honored to be part of a program with  remarkable success. The team's athletic performance could not be possible without careful acknowledgment of the individual growth of all team members. We're also positive that the coaching staff will continue to challenge all of you to grow athletically, academically, and personally throughout the season. In order for this growth to occur, we believe it is necessary to establish a few fundamental procedural guidelines. Please ensure that athletes and family members alike have time to familiarize themselves with the policies put in place by this document. We hope you find it informative, thorough, and helpful.

2017-2018 Season


November 27-March 3

PAC Meeting – October 30, 6:00 PM

The mandatory Parent Athlete Coach Meeting will be held in the Forum of the high school on October 30, 2017.  

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Contact Information

Dan Berve, Head Coach 

Ted Schultz, Activities Director

Assistant Coaches

Robby Kendall, Assistant Coach                                       

Kristen Steenvoorden, Assistant Coach                                    

Stephenie Varichak, Diving Coach  

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Zach Ambrosen

Web Site

We are pleased to have a robust team website. The website serves as the "go-to" for many questions that might arise. Links to the schedule, results, contact information, and more will be available. Additionally, the website is used to send out team reminders and notifications. The volunteers coordinators will rely on the website to sign up workers for all home meets. Food signup for potlucks etc. will become available.

If you have questions about the website, please contact Sandra Hibbard.

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MHS Registration & Fees

In order to participate on the first day of practice, the following must be completed:

  • Participation Fee – Once per school year      $75
  • Activity Fee – Swimming and Diving           $109

You can fill out registration forms and pay fees online by going to:

  • Click on the Activities tab  
  • Click on the Registration Info box
  • Click on the Athletics box
  • Complete Steps 2-4*

*Transfer and Foreign Exchange Students cannot register online and must come in to the Activities Office to begin their registration process.

The registration steps appear at the top of the Athletics registration page. Steps 2-4 must be completed one week prior to tryouts and/or practice, otherwise you cannot participate. 

All students participating in MSHSL sanctioned sports are required to have a Sports Qualifying Physical on file with Minnetonka High School. This form is good for THREE YEARS of participation from the date of the exam and must be current through the end of your sport participation season. If you need to check on your student(s) physical date, email your request to:

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Team Fees and Purchases

  1. Fundraising  Fee - We have a team fee of $75 that goes directly to the team to help pay for miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. 
  2. Team Suit – team suits must be purchased by the families. These suits are worn throughout the year at our meets.
  3. Swim Cap – Swimmers must purchase a swim cap to be worn at meets. Swim caps are $5 and will be available for purchase throughout the year.
  4. Hospitality Fee - $30 to offset costs of coach/officials hospitality during meets.

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Our program will be defined by the following:

  • Perseverance
  • Self-discipline
  • Ethical behavior
  • Ability to work with others
  • Leadership qualities
  • An understanding of the importance of physical health and fitness
  • Goal-setting and follow-through skills
  • Positive self-image
  • The experience of competition
  • Good sportsmanship

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Athlete Expectations

Our athletes will be committed to upholding themselves to these standards and must sign a contract stating their intention of doing so at the beginning of the season. Athletes will...

  1. Attend and be on time to all practices required of them.
  2. Maintain a high level of commitment to themselves, their team, and their school.  They will make positive decisions that will help them to achieve their goals.
  3. Treat their teammates, coaches, opponents, officials, and themselves with respect.
  4. Respect our facilities.
  5. Maintain a positive attitude and a growth mindset; always striving to reach new heights with each day.
  6. Understand the importance of the TEAM.

Parent Expectations

Parents are expected to provide:

  • Volunteers for home meets.
  • Support for pot lucks following home meets.
  • Support for team breakfasts following weights.
  • Support for the team, the coaching staff, and their athlete.

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Practice Schedule


  • All in-the-pool practices are at MME unless notified.
  • Athletes will participate in practice until after their final competition.
November 20 – weights orientation
  Monday 6:45-7:30 AM @ Pagel
November 27-March 3
  Monday-Friday    4:00-6:00 PM @ MME
  Monday/Wednesday  6:40-7:30 AM @ Pagel
  Saturday 7:00-9:00 AM @ MME
  • We will have a brief meeting at 4:00 PM on Monday, November 27 for all athletes.

  • Morning workouts on Monday and Wednesday will discontinue in February at the start of taper. This will vary for each athlete.

  • The last day of the season for each athlete will be the day of their final competition.

December 22-January 2 – Winter break – tentative
  Thursday, December 21   Alumni Meet @ MME
  Friday, December 22  7:00-9:30 AM @ MME
  Saturday, December 23   7:00-9:30 AM @ MME
  Sunday, December 24  No Practice
  Monday, December 25    No Practice
  Tuesday, December 26    1:00-3:30 PM @ MME
  Wednesday, December 27   10:00-11:00 AM @ Pagel  l  11:30 AM-1:30 PM @ MME
  Thursday, December 28  Up North Invite @ Grand Rapids, MN
  Friday, December 29     8:00-10:00 AM @ MME  l  10:30-11:30 AM @ Pagel
  Saturday, December 30  7:00-9:30 AM @ MME
  Sunday, December 31  No Practice
  Monday, January 1    No Practice
  Tuesday, January 2    7:00-9:30 AM @ MME



November 20 – weights orientation
  Monday 6:45-7:30 AM @ Pagel
November 27-March 3
  Monday-Thursday    4:30-6:30 PM @ MME
  Monday/Wednesday  6:40-7:30 AM @ Pagel
  Friday 3:30-5:30 PM @ MME
  • We will have a brief meeting at 4:00 PM on Monday, November 30 for all athletes.

  • Morning workouts on Monday and Wednesday will discontinue in February at the start of taper. This will vary for each athlete.

  • The last day of the season for each athlete will be the day of their final competition.

December 22-January 2 – Winter break – tentative
  Thursday, December 21   Alumni Meet @ MME
  Friday, December 22  11:00 AM-1:00 PM @ MME
  Saturday, December 23   No Practice
  Sunday, December 24  No Practice
  Monday, December 25  No Practice
  Tuesday, December 26    1:00-3:00 PM @ MME
  Wednesday, December 27   10:00-11:00 AM @ Pagel l  11:30 AM-1:30 PM @ MME
  Thursday, December 28  Up North Invite @ Grand Rapids, MN
  Friday, December 29     10:00 AM-12:00 PM @ MME 
  Saturday, December 30  No Practice
  Sunday, December 31   No Practice
  Monday, January 1    No Practice
  Tuesday, January 2 10:00 AM-12:00 PM @ MME

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Meet Schedule/State Meet

The meet schedule and results will be posted from the home page of this Website. 

To qualify for the State Meet an athlete must do one of two things:

  1. Place 1st or 2nd in an event at the Varsity Section Meet
  2. Swim a qualifying time in the Finals at the Varsity Section Meet

Click HERE to see this year's qualifying standards to for the State Meet.

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Meet Transportation

All athletes are expected to ride with the team to and from away meets.  The team bus will leave from and return to Pagel at MHS for all away meets.

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Lettering and Awards

Letters stand for commitment, performance, and leadership. Coach has final say on the earning of a letter. The coaching staff will use the following requirements:

  • Be a Senior in good standing and with the program for at least two years.
  • Have zero drug, alcohol, and tobacco violations as according to MSHSL.
  • Demonstrate proper behavior and sportsmanship throughout the season.

Swimmers must score 72 points to earn a letter. Divers must score 30 points to earn a letter. Points are awarded as follows:

  • Dual meet varsity points (individual):  1st-6 pts, 2nd-4 pts, 3rd-3 pts, 4th-2 pts, 5th-1 pt
  • Dual meet varsity points (relay):  divided by two for dual meets; divided by four for invitationals
  • True Team and Invites:  individual points divided by three; relay points divided by five
  • Best time or score equals one point regardless of level
  • Three points for perfect practice attendance
  • One point for each varsity event completed successfully
  • One-half point for each new dive performed successfully

*Athletes who swim/dive a Varsity Section top 16 time/score at Varsity Sections or JV Conference will earn a letter pending the above requirements.

Awards voted on by team members:  

  • Most Improved 
  • Hardest Worker
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Most Valuable 
  • Athlete of the Year

Awards sponsored by other organizations: 

  • All Conference 
  • All State 
  • All American

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • One-piece practice suit
  • Cap and goggles (swimmers)
  • Zoomers (swimmers)
  • Snorkel (swimmers)
  • Water bottle
  • T-shirt, athletic shorts, athletic shoes, and socks

At meets: Please only wear Minnetonka apparel at meets.  Any t-shirt that you wear underneath the team warmups must be Minnetonka related.  You are encouraged to wear tennis shoes to help keep feet warm at meets. 

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Tryouts will be used to determine the team.  All swimmers will be required to tryout in order to earn a place on the team.  The coaching staff will use the results of the tryouts along with an analysis of one’s attitude, effort, and character to determine team placement.  Athletes will earn their place based on our expectations for an athlete at Minnetonka High School.  Tryouts will occur Monday-Wednesday throughout the first week of practice.  The four tryout sessions will involve:

  1. 1000 for time

  2. 4 x 50 FAST – one of each stroke; 100 free FAST

  3. 8 x 100 kick

  4. Mock Meet


Divers need to be able to perform a forward, back, reverse, inward, twisting voluntary, optional, and front 1 and 1/2 dive by the end of the first three weeks of the season.

*If an athlete is unable to attend tryouts, they will complete the tryout process during their first workouts following their absence.  All swimming tryouts must be completed by the end of the second week.

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Attendance Policy

Being a member of the team demonstrates that you have made a commitment to the success of the program.  This success requires each member to be reliable and work towards our goals.  Attending all practices, meets, and team functions is mandatory and the first part of this commitment.  The head coach has the final say on all absences and any repercussions. 

  • All team members must arrive on time for all practices, meets, and team functions.
  • The coaching staff must be notified by noon the day of an absence and earlier if known prior.
  •  Excused absences are defined as the following:
    • Illness/injury requiring the athlete to miss school or leave school early or not physically be able to complete the workout.
    • Other school or swimming and diving reasons communicated and approved in advance with the head coach.
  • Unexcused absences can result in the athlete not being able to compete and removal from the team.
    • Following the 1st and 2nd unexcused absences, the athlete and head coach will meet.  The athlete will not be able to compete in the next meet.

Following the 3rd unexcused absence, the athlete and head coach will meet to determine the consequences.  Team removal is possible following the 3rd unexcused absence.

Competition Policy

This competition policy applies for all meets except JV Sections, Sections, and State:

  • Illness, injury, and school-related absences
    • You must attend and complete practice prior to competition in order to compete.  The head coach has the final say in this decision.
  • Serious injury or illness
    • If practice isn’t completed for more than three days consecutively, you must attend and complete three days of practices after the absences in order to compete. The head coach has the final say in this decision.
  • Recruiting visits or other swim/dive competitions approved by coach
    • Athletes are required to practice during the time away.  If expectations of the head coach are met, no competitions will be missed.


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