Boys’ Swim and Dive Team General Information

General guidelines and information for the Shawnee Mission East Boys’ Swim and Dive Team. Please contact the coaches if you have questions.

Season Overview

Boys swimming and diving is a winter sport, running from mid-November through the third week in February. The season consists of 10 varsity meets and concludes with the State Championship meet held at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka. Shawnee Mission East competes in the Sunflower League and is classified as a 6A school by KSHSAA. Additional information is available on the SMSD Athletics page.

The season schedule is published on this site’s event calendar, and is also available through the master event calendar at smsd.org

Required Forms and Physicals

In addition to completion of the KSHSAA pre-participation physical form, all students AND their parents must complete the participation packet on the District’s Skyward platform. Complete information, pdf forms and links about pre-participation requirements is available at the SME Athletics page.

Team Sign-Up

Those interested in participating on the SME Boys Swim & Dive Team can sign up online, beginning August 1st.

An informal pre-season meeting for all swimmers planning to participate is typically held by Coach Wright in late September or early October, with practices beginning in mid-November. SME Athletics “Meet the Coach Night” for all winter sports is typically held during the first or second week of the season. All swimmers and parents are encouraged to attend.

Weekly Schedule

It is the athlete’s responsibility to read and know the information for the week. The weekly schedule will be emailed and posted online during the weekend. (Generally on Saturday). It will provide information about:

  • Varsity and JV practice schedule
  • Meet reminders and team departure information
  • Team dinners
  • Upcoming deadlines and other time-sensitive info

Practice Schedule

The practice schedule will vary from week-to-week due to meets, holidays, and other events. In general, the follow schedule will apply.

  • Varsity – Monday-Friday 3:00 – 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00 – 11:00am
  • JV – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:00 – 4:15pm. No Wednesday practice.

Meet Information

Transportation

Dual Meets: All swimmers and divers are required to ride on the bus to all away meets, no exceptions. The team bus will generally depart school at 2pm for a 4pm meet. Transportation is provided from school for all away meets.

Weekend Invitationals: Generally meet at school 2 – 2.5 hours before meet start time. We will caravan/car-pool to the meet.

Meet Schedules

  • Dual meets last about 2 hours (4-6pm).
  • Tri meets last about 2.5 hours (4-6:30pm).
  • Weekend meets last 3-4 hours.

Order of Events

200 medley relay
200 freestyle
200 IM
50 freestyle
Diving
100 butterfly
100 freestyle
500 freestyle
200 freestyle relay
100 backstroke
100 breastroke
400 freestyle relay

Meet Points

Dual meets award points for the first 5-places
1st – 6  (8 for relay)
2nd – 4 (4 for relay)
3rd – 3  (2 for relay)
4th – 2
5th – 1
6th – 0

Invitational and Championship (District, League, State) meets award points for the first 12- or 16-places, depending on the meet/pool. Relays count double.
1st – 20
2nd – 17
3rd – 16
4th – 15
5th – 14
6th – 13
7th – 12
8th – 11
9th – 9
10th – 7
11th – 6
12th – 5
13th – 4
14th – 3
15th – 2
16th – 1

Letter Policy

In order to earn a varsity letter you must achieve one of the following:

  1. Earn 40 varsity meet points (swimmers) or 20 varsity meet points (divers) for the season.
  2. Qualify for State
  3. Seniors who stay out for entire season and compete at the JV League meet

For the purposes of varsity letters, points for relays will be divided equally among the participating athletes. Swimmers entered as “exhibition” do not earn varsity points, even if their time places them in a point-scoring position. However, their competition times are official and do count towards state qualifying.

SM East Athletic Department

Questions about eligibility, registration for Olympic Development Progam meet waivers, and other school, district, and state rules governing high school sports should be brought to the coaches and/or the school athletic department.