Minnetonka Aquatics Community,
I want to update the Aquatics Community on the great work that is
being done in the pool. During the December pause our
Aquatics Staff actively engaged their swimmers through various
online workouts, meetings, and activities. Since the
pause ended on January 4th the Minnetonka Aquatic
staff has been working hard to restore programming and services to
our aquatics community, and has done so quite successfully and
safely. The staff was able to transition quickly to our
current model of full programming. Below are some
updates from each department and other news from
Learn to Swim and Recreational
We enthusiastically welcomed swimmers and divers back to the pool
for our winter session in January. Presently we are operating with
a new winter 2021 roadmap, to view that roadmap click HERE.
Our Spring 2021 session will begin in April. We are waiting for
news on any new executive orders before posting our Spring session
registration. To stay up to date with upcoming session information
Learn to Swim and Recreational Swimming Transition
: We want to thank Aimee Sinkler for her years of service to
Minnetonka Aquatics. Those that know Aimee, know she is one
of a kind. Gwen Bowdish is serving as our interim coordinator
and Aimee will continue to work with us part time throughout the
month of February.
Minnetonka Swim Club is excited to be back in the water and
competing again. With just over 260 athletes, we continue to climb
back up the ranks: 4th in Minnesota,
29th in the Central Zone, and
150th Nationally. We have had 5 meets in the last 3
weeks. We have just 2 meets left in the regular season before
gearing up for a new/Covid take on the championship meet
season. Registration and tryouts for the Long Course season
are open as we look ahead to a brighter and hopefully more normal
: Since the Jan. 4th reopening, Minnetonka Masters has been
holding practices bright and early, six mornings a week. We
average 2 to 3 swimmers per lane at every practice (9 per week), so
all Minnetonka Masters swimmers are able to participate in
challenging workouts while following COVID safety protocols both in
and out of the water. Our membership has grown steadily since
June, as we have welcomed several new swimmers each month. We
are currently the 3rd largest Masters team in Minnesota.
Preparations are in process for a full summer of service to area
beaches. Contractual agreements have been completed and we
are getting prepared for a summer of service.
A reminder, families can follow aquatics on a variety of
sites; Facebook, Website, and Instagram.
Aquatics Director Search:
Human resources has been diligently conducting surveys, focus
groups, reference checks, and a nation-wide search.
Interviews have been on going and we hope to have a new Aquatics
Director hired shortly.
Please note we are still working on what travel is allowable and
what travel not, given the pandemic. Please be patient as we
work though these parameters in relation to some traditional end of
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we transition
through leadership. Our Aquatics staff continues to provide
outstanding programming and opportunities for the Aquatics
Community. I am thankful we are safely back in the pool and
our staff continues to rise to the challenge of our current
situation while providing top-notch programming. If I can be
of assistance, please reach out.
Interim Aquatics Director
Minnetonka High School
“I lead with respect and integrity to help students, staff,
and community achieve the high expectation for student