University City Swim Club, located in St. Louis, MO, offers a youth swim team and adult masters team, open to all. UCSC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to guiding its members to become better athletes in the areas of training, sportsmanship, character development, and competition.

Our club’s smaller size means the focus is on the achievements and goals of the individual swimmer. We offer a place for everyone:

  • a competitive youth swim team program without a high-pressure environment
  • skills instruction to refine technique and improve endurance
  • learn-to-swim lessons for anyone who can swim 25 yards in some fashion
  • coached workouts and a supportive swim community for adults through the masters team

Join our positive community and increase your skills as an athlete and competitor. We work to develop your current skills and introduce you to new ones. Fitness, technique and strength - those are a few of the benefits you will gain by swimming with us!

Meet the Coaches

  • Larry Edinger
  • Mary Lhotak
  • Jordan Kennedy

I was introduced to swimming at the age of 8, and I was scared. By the age of 12 I was an instructor’s aide, and later I joined the YWCA where I caught the attention of their senior swim instructors. I also became a water safety instructor with the Red Cross, and I believe everyone needs to have basic water safety training. I was fortunate to win gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2006 and 2007 Senior Olympics. Now that I am retired, I am spending my time doing what I love -- instructing and coaching swimmers. I love seeing children learn to float on their backs -- they have such a sense of wonder when they realize they can float! I believe that a good coach opens the door for his or her swimmers to succeed, and it is so meaningful to me to see my swimmers go on to swim in college and beyond.

Ever since I was on a swim team, starting at age 10, I have been interested in the science of swimming. I have been teaching swimming since age 15, and I love seeing people learn how to successfully move their bodies in water. Everyone needs some form of an outlet, and water can be an incredible one -- for relaxation, therapy, mental fitness, and physical fitness. The knowledge of water safety and learning how to swim should be available to everyone, and I feel a responsibility to share it. When people have the means to protect themselves and their loved ones, we can change the story in families and over generations to be safe and comfortable around water.

Born and raised in University City, I was a member of UCSC for 10 years. I loved it so much that I continued swimming as a student at the University of Missouri in Columbia. I swam with the Mizzou team until my graduation. During my time on the Mizzou team, I competed in many national competitions, placing in several events. I have a lifelong love for the sport and look forward to sharing that same love of the water with youth while providing a life skill. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to coach the same team that helped me grow so much.

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