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David Cameron

Swimmers and parents, With last weekend's meet, we're off to a great start in getting kids a chance to see progress and performance this year. That first swim is important for setting a starting point to evaluate against, and many swimmers will continue with that thought process in different events in the coming weeks. Competition reminders: Swimmers in Novice Otters need to get two competition sessions between September and March. They are welcome to do more, but will not be automatically entered into anything except a final meet, if they...

David Cameron

Parents, I'm sending out some welcome information this week. Each day, I'll introduce another aspect of the team, and am glad to answerr questions to not only help you, but also to update our team's information on our website for the year. I normally start with an introduction of staff and the program, but we have a unique sale that can help you out that ends on Wednesday. So, today, we'll review team equipment that's suggested and required. Speedo Team Fundraiser Elsmore and Speedo are running a Speedo Team Fundraiser...

Minneapolis Otters Administration

It's hard to believe that it's barely more than a year since we resumed swimming, after an extended shutdown caused by the pandemic. Our first-ever August session, focused exclusively on stroke work and skill development, is underway, and we'll see many of our older swimmers transition back to their high school teams in two weeks. Swimming operates on a year-long schedule, and we always open up our next year's registration in July or August. Swimmers MUST register with the team to swim in September or beyond, and we do want...

Minneapolis Otters Administration

Swimmers and parents, With almost a month of swimming in us now, the Otters Coaching team is excited to announce our return to the competitive season. We have waited longer than some programs until we found both local COVID numbers to drop further, and for our own planning and spacing prepartion to be put in place to help provide a safe return to racing. If you were not able to tune in to our live streaming last fall, here is what you can expect Competition run when the facility is...

Minneapolis Otters Administration

Parents, Obviously, we have a lot happening very quickly around here, and I'm not just talking about those sprints in practice tonight. Thursday practices will run as normal. On Monday, based on your responses, we will transition to distance coaching on the Otters Virtual Raft for the following 26 days. Hopefully, we'll be back in the water after that! It is my goal to provide safe programming to engage your kids, give them a sense of normalcy and community, and keep them connected with one of their active passions. We...

Minneapolis Otters Administration

Today, our program has started posting events for competition for this season. Like every other element of our program, there have been many adaptations to ensure the safety and compliance of our athletic events with local, statewide, and USA Swimming requirements. Our first meet is going to be on-site at Minneapolis YWCA- Uptown, next Friday and Saturday , October 23 and 24. To clarify some concerns and questions we've received, here are some answers to the most common issues raised Meet Structure Three sessions are run- older swimmers are to...

Minneapolis Otters Administration

Parents who are interested in joining the YWCA Otters please see below on how to have your swimmer come in for a tryout! How to Schedule a Tryout To schedule a tryout please email us at [email protected], and we can get your swimmer scheduled to come in and get assessed to be on Otters, and answer any questions. Due to Covid, tryouts are scheduled on a one on one basis, the times and days of when we are able to offer tryouts may vary. Please have your swimmer wearing their...