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It’s Here! 2021 Girls Season Starts March 1st.

Finally, we’re back in the pool.

Welcome to the Girls Swim & Dive Season. After the disappointment of last year, we’re all looking forward to a great season in 2021. The boys team just completed a safe and successful season, finishing 2nd in the Sunflower League and 5th at State, where Coach Berg was named Kansas Boys 6A Coach of the Year. Congratulations to the boys team and all the coaches. Now it’s the girls turn to shine!

Team Communications

The website (including the event calendar) and the team mailing list are the primary communications tools used throughout the season. You should also follow the team on Twitter @smsraiderswim.

If you’re new to the team, make sure to join the mailing list. We send weekly emails including the schedule, announcements, meet information and results and other team information. If you were on the team previously, there is no need to resubscribe.

Coach Berg also communicates directly to the team via GroupMe and all athletes must join the group chats. There are three group chats: whole team, swimmers, and divers. Athletes MUST belong to two groups. All chat groups must have at least one coach as a member.

If you have any questions, please contact Coach Berg (coach@smsraiderswimming.com).

Week 1 Schedule

Note: All practices this week will be at SMS. All participants must scan the QR Code DAILY and answer the health survey honestly before practice. All team members must wear a face mask at all times, when not in the pool.

All participants must have their KSHSAA Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) and 2020/21 Athletic Participation Packet completed and on file with the school athletic department office to be allowed to practice. If you participated in a Fall or Winter sport you have taken care of this already. If you’re not sure, complete information is available on the SMS Raider Athletics page.

Swimmers
3:00pm – 5:30pm Monday-Friday
7:00am – 9:30am Saturday

Swimmers will need a one-piece swimsuit, goggles, cap (recommended), mask and plastic bag (Ziploc) to store your mask, and towel. A water bottle is recommended. No sharing of equipment, water bottles, etc. is allowed.

Divers
3:00pm – 5:30pm Monday-Friday
7:00am – 9:30am Saturday

Divers will need a one-piece suit, chamois (optional but recommended), and towel. Divers will not be required to put their masks on between dives but should practice appropriate social distancing.

Team Registration, Caps and Suits, and Spiritwear

Booster club information, team registration, and team suits and apparel information will be posted soon. Unfortunately, due to COVID protocols, team social/group activities are curtailed. There will be no “Bagel Saturdays” or team dinners this year.

Important: Team Guidelines

Team COVID protocols are summarized here. You are responsible for reviewing and adhering to the full team COVID Protocols (pdf). These protocols are based upon CDC, KSHSAA, Johnson County Health Department, SMSD, and SMS recommendations. Given the changing nature of the pandemic all recommendations and protocols may be modified as the season progresses. We will communicate and post about any changes with as much notice as possible. The number one goal for SMS Swim & Dive this season is to keep all athletes, coaches, and families as safe as possible. Do not sacrifice the health of your team for the benefit of an athletic performance.

Download Team COVID Protocols (pdf)

Athletes must:

  • Report any possible symptoms of COVID immediately to a healthcare provider. If an athlete is experiencing any symptoms they cannot attend practices or competition until they are cleared by a healthcare provider.
  • Join team GroupMe for communication purposes. We will have three official groups: whole team,swimming, and diving. You must belong to 2 groups. All groups must have at least one coach as a member.
  • Provide your own water (consider larger containers)
  • Provide at least one mask (used when not actively practicing)
  • Consider having a ziplock bag to put mask in when not used and putting your name on the bag
  • Provide hand sanitizer daily
  • Practice social distancing at all times
  • Not share any items (clothes, shoes, water, food, etc.)
  • Not have physical contact with another teammate purposely (no hand shakes, hugs, high fives, braiding each others hair, etc.)
  • Not car pool with anyone that is not living in the same household. This applies to practices and competitions.
  • Take all clothing home after practice daily. No items can be left in the locker rooms.
  • No locks will be checked out.

Athletes should:

  • Shower as soon as possible after practice and competitions
  • Wash clothes worn in practices and meets before wearing again.
  • Wash cloth masks frequently.
  • Assume that any situation can be a possible risk for exposure and take every precaution to reduce transmission risk.
  • Practice all guidelines beyond the team. At home and in any outside activities (club sports, music lessons, etc.).

Parents must:

  • Follow any guidelines that are communicated by the host school of the competitions. This could possibly include limits to numbers of spectators at a meet or having to leave as soon as your child finishes racing.
  • Not expect this season to be “normal” or like past seasons. IT IS OUR CURRENT REALITY.
  • Be flexible and understanding about changes that WILL occur during the season. There are many factors that are out of our control so directives can and will change.

Practice Guidelines

  1. Each athlete needs to scan the QR Code for Swim/Dive daily before practice and answer the survey honestly. If “yes” is answered on the questions, communicate with coach (email or text) immediately. Codes will be posted at practice location, coach’s classroom, athletic office, and locker room area.
  2. Athletes are to practice social distancing and standing 6+ feet apart at all times with masks on while not in the water. Divers will not be required to use a mask between dives, as a wet mask poses issues of their own, so it will be necessary to maintain social distancing during practice.
  3. Masks will be worn when inside the building and during non-swimming/diving portions of practices.
  4. Athletes will be assigned to “Training Groups” and will work within those groups. DO NOT CHANGE GROUPS. Coaches may move people around based on performance. Within those groups, you will be placed into lanes, athletes will remain in their lane unless moved by the coaches.
  5. After completing workout and any “extra” work (core, drills, stretching weight-training, etc.), athletes will be asked to leave practice and head home.
  6. There is no car-pooling to and away from practice with anyone that does not reside in your household.
  7. If you have to miss practice for any reason, please communicate with Coach Berg, Coach Neuman, Coach Chris in advance. Due to record keeping, this info is needed more than ever.

Meet Guidelines

  1. Meet guidelines will be fluid and determined by the host based on criteria from their school district and health agencies. Communication of guidelines will be posted on SMS Swim/Dive Website.
  2. Athletes, coaches, and families/supporters are expected to adhere to the guidelines for each meet.
  3. Athletes will need to scan QR Code and complete survey prior to the competition. If “yes” is answered to any of the questions, communicate with Coach Berg and stay home.
  4. Transportation may be limited this season. For Saturday meets, we may ask that parents transport athletes to the meets. Students that complete driving paperwork may be able to drive to meets. More info will be provided in advance of meets.
  5. No car-pooling with anyone that does not reside in your household.
  6. No team huddles, high fives, hugs, or any other close person actions. Remain socially distanced.
  7. We will need to remain socially distanced in the team area. Follow instructions given by coaches. This will likely differ from meet to meet and venue to venue.
  8. Parents/supporters are to remain out of the team area, away from the pool, and stay in the stands. Parents/supporters must wear masks while at the meet and remain distanced from others and the athletes.

SMS Girls Practice/Meet QR Code

Meet Schedule

The Sunflower League has NOT finalized the meet schedule. Once finalized, all meets will be added to our event calendar (which also include Google maps for event locations).

As always, and particularly this year, the schedule is subject to change with little notice. We will endeavor to keep the schedule up-to-date on the website, but highly recommend checking the League calendar for the most accurate information. Use the “view schedules” tool to filter by Swimming.

Team Handbook

The team handbook is also available online. Please keep in mind, COVID Protocols take precedence. You may also download a copy of the SMS Swim and Dive Handbook (pdf). Any questions should be directed to Coach Berg.

Results: 2021 Boys 6A State Meet

Meet Results – 2021 Boys 6A State Meet

Location: SMSDAC

Meet Results: 2021 Boys 6A State Meet – 2/19/21 (pdf)

Way to go Raiders on your 5th Place Finish and Coach Berg being named Boys 6A Coach of the Year!

Top 10 Team Scores

1. Blue Valley West – 331
2. Olathe East – 252
3. Shawnee Mission East – 232
4. Blue Valley Northwest – 144
5. Shawnee Mission South – 131
6. Olathe South – 117
7. Wichita East – 115
8. Blue Valley North – 112
8. SM North – 112
10. SM Northwest – 99

State Results

200 Medley Relay
4th – O’Connor, Krussow, Owens, Snyder

200 Free
5th – Grady O’Connor

200 IM
13th – Nathan Snyder
15th – Owen Krussow

Diving
9th – Tyler Welch

100 Butterfly
23rd – Ryan Owens

100 Free
4th – Grady O’Connor

200 Free Relay
6th – Snyder, Barreca, Owens, O’Connor

100 Back
23rd – Lucas Beach

100 Breast
2nd – Owen Krussow

400 Free Relay
10th – Barreca, Owens, Guthrie, Snyder

2021 Shawnee Mission South Boys Team

  • Owen Krussow
  • Nathan Snyder
  • Tyler Welch
  • Joe Barreca
  • Lucas Beach
  • Ryan Owens
  • Carson Guthrie
  • Kyle Gellhaus
  • Chris Petrella
  • Grady O’Connor
  • Derek Berg, Head Coach
  • Chris Copeland, Assistant Coach
  • Rachel Neuman, Assistant Coach
  • Emma Roush, Dive Coach

End of Season + State Send Off All-Team Meeting – Tuesday, 2/23 @ 3:00 pm

There will be an all-team “End of Season + State Send-Off” meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd at 3:00 pm in the SMS Library.

This meeting will be for all the boys in swim and dive. Meet at the front doors and then Coach Berg will walk the group down to the Library.

The in-person meeting will be for the boys only, but it will be streamed and recorded for parents to view.

End of Season Meeting Agenda

3:00 – Meet at SMS Front Doors
3:10 – Welcome & Recognition for individual swimmers and team
3:40 – Senior Speeches
4:00 – Farewell & State Send-Off

–> Click HERE for the LIVESTREAMING link. 

2021 6A Boys State Meet Information

Let’s GO RAIDERS and bring some hardware home!

Here is some information about today’s meet.

Kansas 6A State Swim & Dive Meet Schedule

The Kansas 6A State Swim & Dive Championship meet will be held at the SMSDAC on Friday, 2/19. No spectators are allowed. The meet will be streamed on NFHS and results will be updated in real-time on the MeetMobile app (including team scores).

  • 8:30 am: Divers arrive.
  • 9 – 11 am: Diving Warm-Ups
  • 11:00 am: Diving Prelims & Semi-Finals
  • 1:30 pm: Swimmers arrive.
  • 2 – 2:30 pm: Shawnee Mission South Swim Warmups
  • 4:15 pm: Diving & Swimming Finals (there is debate whether dive will be in the middle of the meet or before swimming finals).

Kansas 6A State Swim & Dive Meet Heat Sheet

Here is a link to the full schedule, heat sheet, and results for the meet. 

Parent’s GroupMe State Meet Text Group

I started a private GroupMe Text Group for the parents for today’s meet. If we can’t be in person to cheer on our kiddos … at least we can cheer with each other via text.

If you are interested in joining, download the GroupMe app and then send me a text with your name and phone number to 913-579-9511 and I’ll add you to the Group (SMS State Swim & Dive).

Swim & Dive Schedule: Week of 2/15

It’s time to get ready for STATE!

Here is this week’s practice schedule and information about the State Meet on Friday.

Practice Schedule (Swim & Dive): 2/15 – 2/19

  • Monday, 2/15: 11 – 1:30 pm at SMSouth (NO SCHOOL.)
  • Tuesday, 2/16: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth (Canceled)
  • Wednesday, 2/17: 3:00 – 4:30 pm at SMSouth
  • Thursday, 2/18: 3:00 – 4:30 pm at SMSouth

Kansas 6A State Swim & Dive Meet Schedule (2/19)

The Kansas 6A State Swim & Dive Championship meet will be held at the SMSDAC on Friday, 2/19. No spectators are allowed, but it will be streamed on NFHS Network. You can also follow the meet on the MeetMobile app.

  • 8:30 am: Divers arrive.
  • 9 – 11 am: Diving Warm-Ups
  • 11:00 am: Diving Prelims & Semi-Finals
  • 1:30 pm: Swimmers arrive.
  • 2 – 2:30 pm: Shawnee Mission South Swim Warmups
  • 4:15 pm: Diving Finals begin followed by Swimming Timed Finals

(More details including State Heat Sheet and GroupMe Text for Parents – ’cause we got to find a way to cheer for all of our kids somehow – forthcoming.)

COVID Procedures

  • All athletes are required to fill out a COVID questionnaire daily before they come to practice. Athletes should fill out a COVID questionnaire between 10 am and 12 pm. COVID questionnaire can be found on the Swim Website Menubar under COVID Questionnaire.
  • Athletes must have a mask/face covering on at all times. They will need to bring a zip-lock bag and before they enter the pool remove their mask and place it in the baggie and secure it. Once they exit the pool, they will need to put the mask back on.
  • If they are not feeling well, they MUST stay home and contact one of the coaches. Athletes that stay home may not return to practice or competition until they have been cleared by the SMS school nurse.
  • There will be no locker rooms. Athletes coming from home should come to practice dressed in their swimsuit. Athletes coming from school will change in bathrooms. Gym bags will be stowed in the swim area.
  • Athletes will be split into groups and groups will spread out around the pool based on their lanes. You are not allowed to change lanes unless specified by a Coach. While on deck, every athlete and coach will wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • Athletes may not carpool with non-family. If the athlete is driving, make sure to fill out Transportation Form.
  • No communal food or drink. No team meals, Saturday donuts, or team lunches. Do not share water bottles.

2021 Boys State Swim & Dive T-Shirts Orders Due By February 16th @ Noon

 

PLEASE NOTE: There are two different orders for Boys State Swim & Dive Apparel.

2021 SMS Boys State Swim & Dive T-Shirts

The Booster Club ordered these shirts in advance so they could be printed and delivered before the State Meet. (Your son has already let Coach Berg know their size.) Unfortunately, due to the tight timeline, there will not be additional shirts available for purchase.

These shirts will be worn by the boys on Friday at the State Meet.

With that being said, the Booster Club does not have the funds available to cover the cost of all of the shirts.

Therefore we are asking you to pay “after the fact” for your son’s shirt. The cost is $16.56 (which includes the convenience fee).

2021 Kansas Boys State Swim & Dive Apparel

Due to COVID concerns, there will be NO Kansas State Swim Apparel sold at the meet.

However, they are allowing schools to “pre-order” apparel and it will be “delivered” to them on the day of the meet. You are able to purchase additional t-shirts for yourself or other family members with this order.

This means the Boosters we will need to place and pay for one order with KSHAA and that order is due on February 16th.

Here are the costs (these do not include the convenience fee):

  • Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (S – XL): $19
  • Long-Sleeve T-Shirt (S – XL): $26
  • Sweatshirts (S – XL): $34
  • Beach Towel (Maroon or Royal): $29

How To Reimburse the Boosters & Pay For State Swim & Dive Apparel

  1. –> Click HERE to go to the SMS Boys Team Store.
  2. Click “Select Options” under the 2021 Boys State T-Shirt.
  3. Pick a Shirt Size (it won’t matter because the shirts have already been ordered).
  4. Click “Add to Cart”.
  5. If you want Kansas Boys State Swim & Dive Apparel, scroll down and choose your item by clicking “Select Options” underneath the item.
  6. Choose size or color and add to cart.
  7. When you have finished adding all items to the cart (both the 2021 Boys State T-Shirt in order to reimburse the booster club and any Kansas State Apparel), click “View Cart”. It should be on the upper right-hand side.
  8. Review your cart and make any necessary changes and view your final total.
  9. Click “Proceed to Checkout”
  10. Fill out the checkout form, enter your credit card information, and click “Place Order”.

All orders and payment must be made by noon on February 16th to ensure your kiddo gets their merchandise. Thank you for supporting your kiddo!

This has been such an awesome season and the future is so bright for South Swim & Dive. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelly Snyder at 913-579-9511.

Swim & Dive Schedule: Week of 2/8

It’s time to get ready for STATE!

Congratulations to this year’s Shawnee Mission South State Team. Due to COVID Protocols, they will be the only members practicing this week.

  • Owen Krussow (200 IM & 100 Breast)
  • Nathan Snyder (200 IM & 500 Free)
  • Tyler Welch (Dive)
  • Joe Barreca (50 Free & 100 Free)
  • Lucas Beach (100 Back)
  • Ryan Owens (50 Free & 100 Fly)
  • Carson Guthrie (200 Free & 100 Free)
  • Kyle Gellhaus (100 Breast)
  • Chris Petrella (200 Free & 100 Breast)
  • Grady O’Connor (200 Free & 100 Free)

In addition, the boys have qualified in the 200 Medley, 200 Free, and 400 Free Relays.

Practice Schedule (Swim): 2/8 – 2/13

  • Monday, 2/8: 3:00 – 5:30 pm at SMSouth (Change of location.)
  • Tuesday, 2/9: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth
  • Wednesday, 2/10: 3:00 – 5:30 pm at SMSDAC
  • Thursday, 2/11: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth
  • Friday, 2/12: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth
  • Saturday, 2/13: 7:00 – 5:30 am at SMSDAC

Practice Schedule (Dive): 2/8 – 2/13

  • Monday, 2/8: 3:00 – 5:30 pm at SMSouth (Change of location.)
  • Tuesday, 2/9: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth
  • Wednesday, 2/10: 3:00 – 5:30 pm at SMSDAC
  • Thursday, 2/11: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth
  • Friday, 2/12: 3:00 – 5:00 pm at SMSouth
  • Saturday, 2/13: 7:00 – 5:30 am at SMSDAC

Save The Date: End of Season Meeting on 2/16

The “End of the Season + State Send Off Meeting” will be held for ALL SWIMMERS AND DIVERS on February 16th in the Black Box Theater from 5 – 6 pm on February 16th.

While parents will not be allowed at this meeting, it will be live-streamed for viewing. Links and agenda are forthcoming.

COVID Procedures

  • All athletes are required to fill out a COVID questionnaire daily before they come to practice. Athletes should fill out a COVID questionnaire between 10 am and 12 pm. COVID questionnaire can be found on the Swim Website Menubar under COVID Questionnaire.
  • Athletes must have a mask/face covering on at all times. They will need to bring a zip-lock bag and before they enter the pool remove their mask and place it in the baggie and secure it. Once they exit the pool, they will need to put the mask back on.
  • If they are not feeling well, they MUST stay home and contact one of the coaches. Athletes that stay home may not return to practice or competition until they have been cleared by the SMS school nurse.
  • There will be no locker rooms. Athletes coming from home should come to practice dressed in their swimsuit. Athletes coming from school will change in bathrooms. Gym bags will be stowed in the swim area.
  • Athletes will be split into groups and groups will spread out around the pool based on their lanes. You are not allowed to change lanes unless specified by a Coach. While on deck, every athlete and coach will wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • Athletes may not carpool with non-family. If the athlete is driving, make sure to fill out Transportation Form.
  • No communal food or drink. No team meals, Saturday donuts, or team lunches. Do not share water bottles.