Boys Team

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

With new COVID-19 mandates, the Boys' HS Swim and Dive season will resume in January. 
On behalf of the coaching staff as well as Minnetonka's athletic department,
welcome to Minnetonka Boys Swimming & Diving.

Questions? Athletes, please feel welcome to communicate with the coaching staff on any issues important to you or anything else that effects your commitment to our mission and team goals.

2020-2021 Season


November 30-February 27

PAC Meeting – November 10 2020, 7:00 PM

This meeting will be held on Zoom. Click here for meeting details. 

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Contact Information

Head Coaches
    Kristen Phillips
    [email protected]

Ted Schultz, Activities Director 
[email protected]

Assistant Coaches

  • Jan Hanson

  • Bowe Becker

  • Greg Wise

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  • Ben Binder
  • Oliver Poitevent
  • Sean Studenski
  • Knute Wargin

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MHS Registration & Fees

Winter Sports Registration is online. The link to registration is:

IMPORTANT: If you are a new Transfer (10th-12th) or Foreign Exchange Student, you cannot register online until you contact the Activities Office. To begin your registration process, please email Gwynn Pletsch at [email protected]

Registration requirements must be completed by Mon, November 23, one week prior to the start date of November 30, and include the following steps: 

Step 1: Fill out the eligibility form, including health questionnaire and emergency card.  
Step 2: Pay the sport activity fee of $109.00 and the annual participation fee of $75.00
Step 3: Have a current Sports Qualifying Physical* on file with the Activities Office (details below) 

(If you do not have access to a computer, we have laptops in our office for you to use)

*Sports Qualifying Physical: 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 up to THREE YEARS of participation from the date of the exam and must be current through the end of your sport participation season. The expiration date of all student physicals that expired prior to or during the 2020-2021 school year has been extended through the completion of the 2020-2021 school year.

If you need to check on your student(s) physical date, or have any questions about registration, please first check under your student’s health info. section in their Student Skyward first. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to both Activities Office staff:

[email protected] and [email protected]

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

SCHOLARSHIPS are available, although we ask that each family help as much as possible. If you need financial assistance you must fill out a scholarship application either in the Activities office or contact Jane McGowan or Gwynn Pletsch (emails above) and one will be emailed to you. This form must be turned into the Activities office for approval prior to your online registration which is due by Mon., November 19. The Activities Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon.– Fri.

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

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Team Fees and Purchases

We have a team fee of $110 that goes directly to the team. This fee covers the cost of a two pack of face masks, a swim cap, team awards, meet hospitality and coaches.  

  1. Face Masks—2 masks are included in the team fee. A mask must be worn at all times unless swimming. Additional masks are available for purchase for $12 each.
  2. Swim Cap—Swimmers must purchase a swim cap to be worn at meets.  A swim cap is included in the team fee. Additional swim caps are $5 and will be available for purchase throughout the year.
  3. Team Apparel—Apparel for the team will be available through Universal Athletics, see the flyer in the folder for descriptions and ordering instructions. All team apparel is optional, however team members are encouraged to purchase the team t-shirt. Please contact a Captain’s parent if you need a scholarship.
  4. Team Suit—Team suits must be purchased by the families online through Elsmore Aquatics, see the flyer in the folder for ordering instructions. These suits are worn throughout the year at our meets.
  5. Parent Appare—Apparel for parents will be available through Universal Athletics, see the flyer in the folder for descriptions and ordering instructions. All parent apparel is optional.

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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.


  • 6:00 - 6:30 AM @ Pagel
  • 6:30 - 7:00 AM @ Pagel

We will have two practice groups this year due to COVID guidelines. Contact Coach Kristen if you need to know your practice grouping

Group A: Monday-Friday 3:00-4:35 @ MME
Saturday 7:00 – 9:00 AM @ MME


Group B: Monday-Friday 4:35-6:05 @ MME

  • Practice groupings will be communicated to each athlete.
  • 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 23 — January 4 = WINTER BREAK
Wednesday, December 23
  • Group A
  • Group B
3:35-5:05 PM @ MME
5:05-6:25 PM @ MME
Thursday, December 24
  • Group A
  • Group B
7:00-9:00 AM @ MME
9:00-10:30 AM @ MME
Friday December 25 
No Practices
Saturday, December 26
No Practice
Monday, December 28 
  • Group A
  • Group B
7:00-9:00 AM @ MME
9:00-10:30 AM @ MME
Tuesday, December 29  
  • Group A
  • Group B
7:00-9:00 AM @ MME
9:00-10:30 AM @ MME
Wednesday, December 30
  • Group A
  • Group B
7:00-9:00 AM @ MME
9:00-10:30 AM @ MME
Thursday, December 31
  • Group A
  • Group B
7:00-9:00 AM @ MME
9:00-10:30 AM @ MME
Friday, January 1
Saturday, January 2


 weights orientation
November 30 – February 27
  Monday-Thursday    4:15-6:15 PM @ MME
  Friday 4:15-5:45 PM @ MME
  Weights TBD
  • 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 23 – January 4 —  Winter break  

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Required Equipment

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

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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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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.


Parents are expected to :

  • Provide volunteers for home meets and as needed 
  • Support the team, the coaching staff, and their athlete.
  • Understand that schedules and guidelines may change during the season.

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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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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; 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.

Meet Transportation

The coaches will coordinate transportation of their team to meets. When bus transportation is available they can transport at 50% capacity (26/bus); masks must be worn at all times; one student/seat; pods/teams of 25 must ride together; and windows are recommended to be down. If bus transportation is not available, parents/guardians may be responsible to transport students to and from away meets. Students cannot give rides to other students.

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Meet/Event Schedule

The schedule of meets/events and meet results is available from the home page of this Website or in the pull-down "2019-20 Boys Results under the "Boys Team" tab on the website menu. Note that this is subject to change. Home meets are indicated in bold.

Friday, January 15:                                            Chaska-Chanhassen
Thursday, January 21:                                       St. Michael-Albertville
Tuesday, January 26:                                        Wayzata
Friday, January 29:                                               Buffalo
Tuesday, February 2:                                        Waconia (swimming only) 
Friday, February 5:                                              Eden Prairie    
Tuesday, February 9:                                        Mount Westonka, Orono           
Friday, February 12:                                            Hopkins
Thursday, February 18:                                     Edina
Thursday, March 4 - JV Championship  [dual] Tonka v Wayzata               
Wednesday-Friday, TBD:                                      Varsity Sections   TBD

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