Duluth Denfeld Girls


Welcome Athletes and Families to the Denfeld Girls Swim & Dive Team!!         


The Denfeld Girls swim team has experienced a lot of growth and success over the last several years and we expect that growth and success to continue well into the future.  Last season we were were victorious in all but one dual meet, took first place at our own Soderlind Invite, took first at the Grand Rapids Invite and finished first in the Lake Superior Conference.  A the Section 7A championship meet, we finished 3rd - our highest place ever! 

Our Swim and Dive Team is broken into two general subgroups:  Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV).  There are different expectations for Varsity vs JV swimmers when it comes to practices, and some swim meets are varsity only meets.  Exactly which team members are Varsity or JV can fluctuate from meet to meet. 

At dual swim meets, we are allowed three varsity individual swimmers in each event. In addition, we can have three entries of every four-swimmer relay (200 Medley relay, 200 Free relay, 400 Free Relay).  We are typically allowed a junior varsity heat or heats as well. 

At larger multi-school invitationals, we are typically allowed 3-4 swimmers per individual event, and there are no JV entries allowed. At invitationals, we are allowed between 1-4 relays per relay event, depending on the meet hosts requirements.   On occasion, we may be allowed to enter a jv swimmer or relay if there are open lanes and we are allowed to fill out heats. 



This is the group of swimmers that are typically veteran swimmers and/or those that have seed times that allow them to be one of the 3-4 fastest swimmers on the team per an individual event.  Varsity team members are expected to practice every day after school as well as attend morning practice as scheduled. 


Junior Varsity

This group of swimmers consists of those that do not typically swim in varsity individual events at dual meets, meaning they do not have one of the three top entry seed times from our own team for that event.  It is common that swimmers move between varsity and jv depending on the meet and our opponent.  JV swimmers are expected to attend all afternoon practices, however, morning practice is optional.  JV swimmers may not swim in all meets, as some meets have limited entries for JV and relays.

2018 Season


August 13th - November 10th

Fall Sports/Parents Meeting:  August 8th, 6:00 PM Denfeld Auditorium

This is a mandatory meeting for swimmers and parents.  We start out as a large group of all sports in the auditorium, then break out into assigned rooms for each sport. 

Quick Links

Contact Information

Allie Skjonsberg, Head Coach

Tom Pearson, Activities Director


Assistant Coaches

Cliff Knettel, Assistant Coach



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Hannah Feyen

Keeli Gustafson

Amelia Ashcroft

Web Site

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 Cliff Knettel at or 218-260-0209 .

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Duluth Registration & Fees

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

  • School District Activity Fee – Swimming and Diving           $235

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

  • Click on the School you attend
  • Student and parents must be present to register
  • Must use Google Chrome account
  • Payment occurs online through the Parent Portal
  • All forms and fees should be submitted by the first day of practice

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

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. 

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Team Equipment/Costs

  1. Fundraising   - There are various fundraising opportunities throughout the year that the swimmers can partake in to earn funds to be used to purchase optional team apparel such as shirts, jackets, hats, etc. 
  2. Team Suit – The Team provides a competition suit. These suits are worn throughout the year at our meets, but not at practices. 
  3. Swim Cap – The Team provides latex swim caps with school logo and swimmer last name- upgraded silicone gaps can be ordered for a small fee.
  4. Warm-ups - Denfeld provides a parka that is signed out to the swimmer and must be returned at the end of the season
  5. Swimmers will be assigned a set of fins that must be returned at the end of the season.

**All personal electronics to be bought on deck and/or placed in the office**

    If you leave them in the locker room unsecured they may not be there at the end of practice.


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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. 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:

  1. Volunteers for home meets: Organizing and running concession stands, ticket table, coaches room (invitational and jamboree), back up timers, etc. 
  2. Support for pot lucks/spaghetti feeds prior to Saturday meets, the Conference Meet and Section Prelims.
  3. Support for team fundraising activities.
  4. Support for the team, the coaching staff, and their athlete.
  5. End of year banquet
  6. Assisting with clothing orders

Coaches Expectations

  1. Be respectful to everyone.
  2. Follow all rules and policies of the MSHSL and ISD 709, they are part of the forms you signed.
  3. BE ON TIME!
  4. Captains are extensions of the coaches.Captains, you are leaders. Make decisions based on rules and policies and what is good for all.
  5. Complete all of the workout unless special circumstances arise (other commitments, extra studying or attention to homework needed).
  6. Open Communication.

Away Trips/Meets

  1. There will be no overnight trips with exception of the State Meet held one week after the sections.
  2. High School Swimmers:Coaches are responsible for releasing kids from school.This only applies to swimmers in High School, grades 9 -12.
  4. Bus pick- up and Drop off points: Duluth Denfeld Gym Doors.
  5. Parents PLEASE be at the school when we return. It is normally late and cold (we do not have access to school when we get back). No one likes to wait outside. It’s easier for you to wait in a warm car versus your child waiting for you in the cold. Coaches will tell the kids when we are approx. ½ hour from school so they may contact parents for timely pick-up.

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Practice Schedule


  • All in-the-pool practices are at Lincoln Park Middle School
  • Athletes will participate in practice until after their final competition.
August 13 - November 10
  Monday-Friday  Varsity & JV  4:00-6:00PM  @Lincoln
  Monday/Wednesday/Friday Varsity Only 6:15-7:45 AM @Lincoln


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Meet Schedule/State Meet

The meet schedule and results will be posted from the home page of this Website and are also found on the Calendar. 

To qualify fo the Section Meet, you must meet the Duluth Denfeld Girls Swim Team qualifying time, and be one of Denfeld's 4 fastest seed times in that event.  Qualifying times will be posted here soon.  Swimmers may only enter into two individual events.  Relay placement will be determined by coaching staff with consideration given but not limited to previous best times, big meet experience, tapering history and other factors. 

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 Duluth Denfeld for all away meets unless otherwise noted.  If a swimmer wants to ride home with a parent from an away meet, a parent must fill out and sign a release form prior to the meet and give it to the coach.  Forms may be downloaded from the documents section of this page or by clicking here

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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 50 points to earn a letter. Divers must score 20 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):  Relay points scored divided by two
  • Invites:  Individual points divided by three; relay points divided by five
  • True Team - Individual points divided by four; relay points divided by 8
  • Athletes who swim a Section top 16 time or finish in the top half of all divers participating at Sections will earn a letter. 

Awards voted on by team members:  

  • Most Improved 
  • Most Dedicated/Hardest Worker
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Most Valuable 

Awards sponsored by other organizations: 

  • All Conference
  • All State 
  • All American

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • One-piece practice suit - no current year race/team suits. Use your old team suits
  • Cap and at least two pairs of goggles.  Always have two sets of goggles that fit and have been fitted.  They will break just before a race.
  • Snorkel (this is optional.  For swimmers only)
  • Water bottle
  • T-shirt, athletic shorts, athletic shoes, and socks
  • Towels
  • All above, plus homework and snacks for meets.
  • We will stop for dinner after away meets so please provide your swimmer with money or pack a dinner to bring with

At meets: Please only wear Duluth Team apparel at meets. 

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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.
  • If you know in advance that you wont be attending a meet, you must inform your coach as early as possible.  You must also declare for each meet as listed on this website.
  • The coaching staff must be notified by noon the day of an absence and earlier if known prior.  Coach contact information is found on this page.  Include your name when sending texts.
  •  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 or meet.
    • 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 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.
  • Holiday and winter break extended absences-
    • Athletes are required to practice during the time away.  If expectations of the head coach are met, no competitions will be missed.