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Team History

1971

The South East Metro Sharks Swim Club, Inc. was founded in 1971 by Jerry & Sharon Simpson after Mr. Simpson’s first season as the district Boys Swim Team Head Coach.

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1977

In 1977 the club was named the South East Metro Sharks to identify the club as being located in the south east area of the cities when Duane Sorenson became the head coach. Duane coached SEMS for twenty years leaving an impressive record of great swimmers before leaving to take a college coaching position at the Iowa State women's program.

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2002

Upon his departure, the Simpson's once again took the role as head coaches until the fall of 2002, when Drew Walden was hired as the new head coach. Drew coached for 14 years in Madison, Wisconsin with great success, including numerous national contenders, college scholarship award winners, state champions, and more.

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2003

In spring 2003, Eric Seversen also joined the SEMS coaching staff as head age group/developmental coach as well as Masters coach. He worked side-by-side with Drew in Madison before the move to Minnesota.

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2004

Changes occurred again in the fall of 2004 when Drew returned to Madison, WI. Eric Seversen was hired as the new Head Coach.

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2017

In 2017 Minnesota Swimming recognised Coach Eric for his 14 years of coaching and his 22 years of being a member of USA Swimming.

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2017 - Present

Coach Eric Seversen has been with SEMS as head coach for 15 years. He has watched the program grow and helped shaped it into what it is today. Coach Eric works hard to see his vision for the team.... He takes pride in the dedicated coaching staff he has hired.... He has cheered as his swimmers have reached their goals...

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Future

From its beginnings, SEMS has been a team that swimmer's and families have been proud to be apart of. Currently, there are multiple familes at SEMS that are second generation SEMS swimmers. At SEMS we take pride in our history and look forward to many more years and generations of SEMS families wearing the SEMS Shark with pride!

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