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Girls Team

Welcome athletes and families to the Minnetonka High School Girls Swim & Dive Team!

The girls high school team is a fall sport with the Minnetonka School District. We strive to offer a competitive, exciting, and positive environment at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels.

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Season Dates

August 12 - November 16
Fall registration begins July
Week of August 5 - Captain's Practices

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Contact Information

Dan Berve, Head Coach
Daniel.Berve@minnetonkaschools.org  
952-401-5225  
Ted Schultz, Activities Director 
Ted.Schultz@minnetonkaschools.org
952-401-5901

Assistant Coaches
TBD, swimming                                  

Stephenie Varichak, Diving Coach  
stephenie.vennes@minnetonkaschools.org
 

Captains
Ally Farrell, Ashley Frankwitz, Meghan Fries, Nicki Lindsay, Remi Wollan

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Registration

  • 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 www.minnetonkaschools.org
    • Hover over the Activities tab on the top navigation bar
    • Click on "High School Athletics - Registration"
    • Make sure to not only register for Girls Swim and Dive, but to also pay the once a year participation fee
    • ​Transfer or Foreign Exchange Students cannot register online and must come in to the Activities Office to begin the registration process.

The registration steps 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 3 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: gwynn.pletsch@minnetonkaschools.org

In order to participate on the first day of practice, all registration fees and items must be paid and completed. 

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Other Team Fees

  • Fundraising Fee TBD; used to help pay for our coaches, secret outing, team banquet, hosted meet hospitality, and other items
  • Team suit
  • Swim caps — $5/each
  • Eau Claire Invite Athletes attending the meet are required to pay a fee to cover transportation and lodging. Fee varies each year but it typically less than $100.
  • Apparel - optional and available to the team members at the start of the season. Only required item is team shirt.

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PAC Meeting - August 19, 5:00 PM

The mandatory Parent Athlete Coach Meeting will be held in the Arts Center of the high school on August 19, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The girls swim & dive team parents, athletes, and coaches all attend this meeting. Parents should plan on having a checkbook with them, to pay for team fees that day. 

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Practice Schedule Info (tentative)

  • All practices at MME unless notified. Athletes must arrange a ride from MHS, MMW or home each day.
  • Athletes will participate in practice until after their final competition.
  • Varsity and JV practice squads will be announced following tryouts.
  • All athletes should be prepared for dryland and swimming workouts on day one.

Click on Events or Team Calendars to go directly to our competition and practice schedules. We have Varsity, JV, and Diving practice calendars to which you can subscribe. Please load onto your mobile devices!  NOTE: Until the calendars are available through these links, click here for the tentative schedule. 

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Required Equipment

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

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State Meet Time Standards

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

  • Place 1st or 2nd in a swimming event at the Varsity Section Meet
  • Place Top 4 in diving at the Varsity Section Meet
  • Swim a qualifying time in the Finals at the Varsity Section Meet

Click HERE to see the 2019-20 qualifying standards for the State Meet. 

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Our Program

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.

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Parent Expectations

Parents will provide:

  • Timers for home meets.
  • Support for pot lucks following home meets.
  • Ssupport for breakfasts before school and following Varsity practice.
  • Support for the team, the coaching staff, and their athlete.

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Potlucks

Following each home dual meet, we will have a potluck for all athletes and families in the MME cafeteria.  We will also schedule pre-meet meals prior to Sections and State competitions. Parents will volunteer to bring food and drinks and volunteer their time to assist with these events.

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Tryouts

Swimming

Middle school (7th and 8th grade) swimmers must have achieved a time equal to or faster than the previous year’s Varsity Section top 16 scoring time to tryout for the team.  LCM times may also be converted and used to achieve this standard. Swimming this time is not a guarantee that an athlete will make the team.  Varsity and JV rosters will be determined through tryouts.

Tryouts will be used to determine the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. 
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 on the Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. Tryouts will occur at the end of the first week. The four tryout sessions will involve:

  1. 1000 for time
  2. Mock meet
  3. 4 x 50 FAST; one of each stroke
  4. 8 x 100 kick

Diving

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 practice.

*If an athlete is unable to attend tryouts, they will complete the tryout process during their first four 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.
    • ​If you know in advance of an absence, communicate it to the coaching staff as soon as you are able.
  •  Excused absences are defined as the following:
    • Illness requiring the athlete to miss school or leave school early
    • Injuries requiring the athlete to miss practice
      • ​Athletes may still be required to be present at practice
    • 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 unexcused absence, the athlete and head coach will meet to determine the consequences.
    • Following the 2nd unexcused absence, the athlete and head coach will meet to determine the consequences. Team removal is possible following the 2nd unexcused absence.

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Competition Policy

This competition policy applies for all meets except JV Sections, Sections, and State. The head coach has the final say in all items.

  • Illness, injury, and school-related absences
    • You must attend and complete practice prior to a competition in order to compete.
  • Serious injury or illness
    • If practice isn’t completed for more than three days consecutively, you must attend and complete one week of practices after the absences in order to compete.
  • Recruiting visits or other swim/dive competitions approved by coach
    • Athletes are required to practice during the time away. If expectations of the coach are met, no competitions will be missed. It is the responsibility of the athlete to inform the coach of the absence well in advance.

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Lettering Requirements

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
  • Varsity Invitational points (individual and relay): individual points divided by two; relay points divided by three
  • True Team: individual points divided by three; relay points divided by five
  • Lifetime best time or score equals one point regardless of level
  • Three points for perfect practice attendance
  • One point for each varsity event completed successfully in competition
  • One-half point for each new dive performed successfully in competition

*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.

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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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