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Bucket Hats and Spring Break Schedule

First Home Meet at the Aquatic Center (SMAC)

SMS hosts its first home meet of the season tomorrow at the District Aquatic Center. We are the late meet – beginning at 5:30pm. All athletes should be at the SMAC by 4:30. Each athlete may have two parents/guardians attend. Masks are required at all times. The meet will also be streamed on the NFS Network. (subscription required)

Remaining Bucket Hats Available for Purchase

If your swimmer didn’t get a bucket hat or you would like some extras for siblings or family, we will have a limited number of hats on hand and available for purchase at this Thursday’s swim meet at the SMAC. The hats are $15 (check or cash is fine). Laurie Riley will have the hats with her on Thursday. We hope to use some of the proceeds to help fund a catered picnic for the girls outside in April.

Spring Break Practice Schedule

Coach Berg will also have practices available on GroupMe if you are out-of-town but have access to a pool.

  • Saturday 4/3/2021 – NO PRACTICE
  • Monday 4/5/2021 – SMS – 8am-10am
  • Tuesday 4/6/2021 – SMS – 8am-10am
  • Wednesday 4/7/2021 – SMS – 8am-10am
  • Thursday 4/8/2021 – SMS – 8am-10am
  • Friday 4/9/2021 – NO PRACTICE
  • Saturday 4/10/2021 – NO PRACTICE

Team Galleries on Shutterfly

This year’s team gallery “Share Site” has been set up on Shutterfly. Watch the team emails for the password to access the galleries. Photos may be viewed and downloaded in high-rez. You may also create your own prints, photo books, and other items via Shutterfly.

Meet Results from 3-17-21 Plus SMAC Updates

Aquatic Center Down for Repairs

Meets and Practices Relocated/Rescheduled

The SMAC will be down for repairs for the next few weeks after a glass window dislodged, broke, and pieces entered the pool. The pool must now be drained, cleaned, refilled, and brought back to temperature and chemical balance. According to Athletic Director Johnson at SMS, this is expected to take 17 days.

Swim practice for Friday originally scheduled for SMAC will now be at SMS from 3pm-5:30pm. All practices will be at SMS next week. Coach Berg is working on a revised schedule for diving (which was practicing daily at SMAC). It will be announced soon.

The meet originally scheduled for next Tuesday at SMAC will be rescheduled. More information on practice and meet schedules will be coming soon.

Meet Results from Lawrence Free State

Congratulations to everyone on a great first meet. As Coach Berg said in his email to me, “The girls did well. I’m looking forward to a great season!”

Special shout out to those who achieved State Qualifying or Consideration times. See the team qualifiers page for details. To learn more read our primer Understanding State Qualifying.

200 Medley Relay – Schmierer Knust, Rood, Krussow, Ponnuru
50 Free – Olivia Riley and Sarah Ohlde
100 Free – Olivia Riley
100 Backstroke – Gretchen Schmierer Knust

200 Free Relay – Buss, Krussow, S. Ohlde, Riley
400 Free Relay – Buss, Schmierer Knust, Ohlde, Riley

Download Full Meet Results

Meet Results LHS, LFS, SMS – March 17, 2021 (pdf)

Team Suits

Information and Options to Purchase Team Suits

The chosen team suits are now available for purchase direct from the vendors. After evaluating our options, the direct purchase model this year will be the fastest, and in some cases, cheapest route for you.

Note: You are not required to use the team suit. Any one-piece competition suit free of other team logos or names, or large commercial branding, is acceptable.

Speedo Coded Riff Flyback - Green
Speedo Coded Riff Flyback – Green

Recommended Vendors

  • SwimQuik is a local swim supply store. They have set up an SMS Team Page for ordering. The suits are not in-stock and delivery may take 10-14 days. You may wish to call SwimQuik at (913)649-8456 or via email at to confirm availability.
  • SwimOutlet is a swimming superstore online. The suit is currently on sale and available in all sizes according to the site. However quantities may be limited, so we encourage you to act fast if purchasing here. Free shipping options are available. Standard delivery is 2-6 days with rush shipping available.
  • Other retailers to check include Amazon and Dick’s Sporting Goods online.

Please contact one of the coaches if you have any concerns about your suit.

Weekly Schedule 3-15-21 to 3-21-21

First Meet This Week!

Schedule (3/15/21 – 3/21/2021)

We will be practicing at the SMAC (Shawnee Mission District Aquatic Center) on Monday and Friday, and at SMS Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Schedule Week of 3/15/2021 – 3/21/2021

  • Monday – SMAC – 3-5:30pm
  • Tuesday – SMS – 3-5:30pm
  • Wednesday – Meet @ Lawrence Free State. Divers will be released from class at 11:30am; diving competition begins at 1:30.  Swimmers will be released at 1:30pm; swimming competition begins at 3:30pm. No spectators will be allowed. See more information below.
  • Thursday – SMS – 3-5:30pm
  • Friday – SMAC SMS – 3-5:30pm [updated 3/18/21]
  • Sat – SMS – 7:30am-9:30am

Additional Meet Information
The meet at Lawrence Free State on Wednesday 3/17 will feature separate Dive and Swim competitions. The Dive meet will begin at 1:30pm. The Swim meet will begin at 3:30pm.

No spectators will be allowed to attend. Live Streaming is available. Learn more about meet streaming via NFHS Network. Monthly plans are available.

Sunday Deadlines: Team Registration – Spiritwear Orders

Today’s the last day to register and order additional spiritwear.

Many thanks to all those who have already registered. We appreciate your support! If you haven’t done it yet, please register today.

The SMS Team store will also be closing after today. It’s your last chance to order additional spiritwear. Team t-shirts are only $15. Get them today for friends and family.


Spiritwear Now Available – Registration Reminder

Order Your Spiritwear Today

The girls team store is now open with this year’s spiritwear available for purchase. All orders must be placed by Sunday, March 14th.

Team Registration Reminder

Please complete your team/booster registration by Sunday, March 14th. Remember, all athletes registering receive the team t-shirt, bucket hat, and banquet admission for no additional charge with their registration. Your support of the team is critical – it helps fund team activities and expenses – most of which are not covered by the school and/or district. Please register.

2021 Team Registration + Week 2 Schedule

We Made it to Week 2!

Thanks to everyone for getting the season off to a great start! We know the COVID procedures add a new wrinkle to everything, but you’re doing a good job. Let’s keep everyone safe and healthy through the season.

It’s unfortunate we won’t be able to have the traditional “Bagel Saturday” practices or team dinners this year. We’ll find new ways to support the girls. If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact us at

Now, on with this week’s news and practice schedule.

1. Team Registration – Team Booster Club

It’s time to register. Your support of the team through the Booster Club plays a critical role and benefits the entire team. The funds raised by the Booster Club, and the volunteer efforts of parents, help support the team and the coaches throughout the season. With recent budget cutbacks, your support is needed more than ever. We encourage all participants to please join.

Last year, the Boys and Girls Booster Clubs purchased two digital pace clocks (cost was over $1000) because the school and district would not fund these items. Quality pace clocks are essential to the RPT-based practices organized by Coach Berg. They’ve been a great addition to the pool area and judging by the boys team performance this year, are being put to good use.

In addition to providing much needed support for team activities and expenses including Senior Night, the team Banquet, athlete recognition, and the team website and related costs, each participant who registers will receive a team t-shirt, a team bucket hat, and free team member banquet attendance (if we have it). The bucket hat is available initially only through the booster club registration, any remainders will available for sale on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please take a few moments to submit your team/booster registration today. Your timely registration helps us update the team mailing list, order senior banners for display in the pool area, and helps to ensure that the team spiritwear can be ordered as soon as possible.

Booster Registrations are due by Friday, March 12th, 2021 in order for the spiritwear to arrive in a timely manner.

Register Now

2. Team Suits and Caps

Team suits and Team Silicone Caps are available through SwimQuik. When available, we will put a link to their online store on this site. Purchase of the team suit and/or silicone caps is optional. Participants are not required to wear the team suit or cap in competition. However, please keep in mind, all suits and caps used in competition (not practice) cannot have other team insignia or logos, or large commercial logos.

This Year’s Team Suit – Speedo “Coded Riff Flyback”
Speedo Coded Riff Flyback - Green

3. Additional Spiritwear

Additional team Spiritwear for parents, supporters, and participants will be available for purchase directly from the Girls Team Spiritwear Store, which should be available this week. Options include sweatshirts, team t-shirts and racerback tanktops. Purchase of any of these items is at your discretion.

4. This Week’s Schedule (3/8 – 3/14/2021)

We will be practicing at the SMAC (Shawnee Mission District Aquatic Center) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Girls are to meet out there as close to 3pm (weekdays) as they can on the days they are Virtual.

We have a bus Monday and Wednesday from South to SMAC that will leave from the Lamar lot at 2:50pm for those girls that are at school. It will return to South after practice, around 5:30pm

Swim Schedule
M/W/F – SMAC – 3-5:30pm
Tu/Thurs – SMS – 3-5:30pm
Sat – SMAC – 7:30am-9:30am

5. Meet Schedule

The Sunflower League has released an initial meet schedule. All meets have been added to our event calendar (which also include Google maps for event locations).

As always, this is subject to change. 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.

Reminder: Team Guidelines

The team handbook is available online. You may also download a copy of the SMS Swim and Dive Handbook (pdf). Any questions should be directed to Coach Berg.

The team 2021 COVID Guidelines are also summarized online, and available as a download.

Download Team COVID Protocols (pdf)

Quick Summary: Team 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. The daily COVID questionnaire can also be found on the Swim Website Menubar under Daily/COVID.
  • 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 bagels, or team lunches. Do not share water bottles.