BMS Swim Team

  • *Bearden Middle Swim Team 2019/2020 INFORMATION*

    Season:  Practice begins Tuesday, September 10th and goes through Knox-Area Middle School League (KMSSL) City Meet which is currently scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020.

    Mandatory Parent Meeting:  A mandatory Parent Information Meeting will be held on the first day of practice, Tuesday, September 10th at 7 PM at Allan Jones Aquatic Center (2200 Andy Holt Ave SW, Knoxville, TN 37916).  If not already submitted, please bring all paperwork and fees to this meeting.  Swimmers will not be able to enter the water until paperwork and fees have been collected.

    Practices:  Our team will practice on Tuesdays & Thursdays beginning September 3rd.  We will not practice the week of Fall Break, Thanksgiving or during Winter Break.  All practices will be at Allan Jones Aquatic Center on the UT Campus. Swimmers should have their own practice suit, swim cap, goggles and water bottle.  Swimmers MAY NOT get in the pool without all paperwork filled out and submitted to the team. 

     Meets:  There will be four meets held at UT with dates and times TBD.  They are generally scheduled on Sunday afternoon/evenings in November, December and/or January.  The KMSSL City Meet is scheduled to take place on Sunday, January 26 at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.  Meets are open to all. It’s free admission and we love having friends come to cheer on the team!

    Volunteering at Swim Meets:  One of the most important ways parents provide support to the team is by working at swim meets. At least one parent/guardian needs to work each meet in which their child swims.  If you have never worked at a swim meet before, don't worry! We will provide on-the-job training! It’s super easy.

    Transportation:  Participants provide their own transportation to and from practices and meets. 

    Team Requirements: Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool safely and independently. New swimmers will be evaluated during the first practice on September 10th.

    Swimmers will attend (2) practices a week.  If you are a student who participates in a fall sport that doesn’t allow you to start until after that sport ends, we are happy to work with you, but please let us know.  If you swim with a year-round swim program, you will only need to attend 4 practices in addition to the meets.  

    Swimmers should wear a solid black or solid blue race suit with their BMS Swim Cap to all meets.

    All gear is the responsibility of the swimmer except for their BMS team t-shirt & BMS team cap, which will be provided as part of your registration fee.

    Fees & Registration:  As listed on the registration form, fees for the 2019-2020 season will be $175 per swimmer.  Discounts are available for year-round swimmers and families with multiple swimmers on the team.  (Please e-mail for more information.)

    You may bring your registration and fees to the Parent Meeting on Tuesday, September 10th or mail to the board member noted on the registration form.  

    The following forms will need to be read and signed/filled out to be registered per KMSSL and insurance requirements before a swimmer is allowed in the pool:   Scroll down to Links below:

    BMS Team Registration Form
    Consent for Participation & Medical Release Form
    Concussion Release Form
    Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form

    BMS Swim Board:

    Coach – Sam Burmester

    Coach Sam is a lifelong swim coach and former teacher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana with head coaching experience at the summer league, middle school, high school, and club levels. He is an Educational Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. His coaching philosophy is rooted in developing growth mindsets, community, and a lifelong love for the sport.


    BMS Teacher Sponsor – Coach Elizabeth Cofer

    Chair – Holly Eddins

    Treasurer – Kelli Harper

    Registration & Paperwork Coordinator – Shannon Schupp

    Communicator & Volunteer Coordinator – Lizzy Asti

    Facebook Monitor & PR Coordinator – Shannon Waller

    Merchandise Manager – Jonathan Fortner & Robyn Doiron

    Meet Directors – Claudia Robinson, Willie Robinson & Britt Andersin


    2019-20 BMS Swim Team Forms, Information, Registration/Waiver, Consent and Concussion Release and Sudden Cardiac Arrest forms.


     Click here for BMS 2019-20 Informational Flyer.

    Click here for Registration Form.

    Click here for Consent Form.

    Click here for Concussion Release Form.

    Click here for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form.


    Coach Elizabeth Cofer is the BMS Swim Team Teacher Sponsor.