New Parent Information

Hello and welcome to the Minneapolis Otters swim team, we are happy to have you be a part of our team! As a new or returning parent to Otters, and possibly to the sport of swimming as well, it can be a bit tough at first to find out what you need to know, but we are here to help.

Meets & Events

  • You must login to your account in order to sign up for meets & team events, as well as to have access to certain areas of the website and content.


  • Emails will go out a couple times a month. These emails cover a wide range of things like:
    • What is going on in practice
    • What meets are coming up
    • Goals that we have for practice, and for meets
    • Team Events that are coming up
    • Pressing deadlines
    • Team gear orders
    • Practice schedule changes
    • Camp information
    • Cancelations due to weather or other circumstances

Please make sure the team emails are not going to your spam folder! Make sure they are going to the correct email account, and that they are going to your inbox!



Competition is part of how we focus on technique and improvement, and a requirement for each group on the team. Through seasonal meets, swimmers can measure progress and enjoy the reward of their hard work. Families also get involved with team support at many of our meets and other team events by volunteering!


Parents and families (including novice swimmers) join in this team commitment with a volunteer requirement. Most volunteer opportunities are available at meets and events we host, but others connect with special events hosted by the YWCA. Please click on the following link to find out more information:


Service Hours



  • Uptown
    • Dave Cameron - Head Coach, Seniors/Pre-Seniors
    • Jordan Jelmeland - Lead River/Sea/Pre-Senior coach, Novice coach and Uptown Team Administrator
    • Ross Freiderich - Assistant coach  
    • Abby Norlin-Weaver - Assistant coach
    • Liam Wulfman - Assistant coach
    • Abbe Colgan - Assistant Coach
    • Luke Paquin - Assistant coach
  • Midtown
    • Whitney Jelmeland - Lead River/Sea coach, Novice coach and Midtown Team Administrator
    • Noel Hemphill - Assistant coach, Novice, River & Sea
  • Strength and Conditioning
    • Dave Cameron - Senior/Pre-Senior strength and conditioning

Email is the best way to contact coaches! You can reach them at [email protected]. Please give them 24-48 hours to respond.


Websites and Apps to help in your swimming experience

  • OnDeck for parents
  • Deck Pass
  • Meet Mobile