We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to guiding members to become better all around swimming athletes in areas of training, competition, character development and life skills.

Guide each member to become a better all around swimming athlete, including performance in the areas of training, competition, character development, and life skills. Help each swimmer develop and realize individual goals, varying from beginning the development of consistency and stamina to successful performance at competitions. Maintain swimming and coaching conditions under which swimmers of all experience and ability levels feel welcome and comfortable. Maintain comradery among swimmers, having fun together while working hard to do our best.

Meet the Coaches

  • Larry Edinger
  • Mary Lhotak
  • Jackie Guidici
  • Kurt Teugel

At the age of 8 I was introduced to swimming; I was scared to death. A very nice and knowledgeable man named Tony Isom gave me my first basic swim lesson. By the age of 13 I became a Porpoise, and at that level an instructor's aid. I found out how much fun teaching swimming is. In 1999 I formed the the Blue Dolphin Swim Club. I was fortunate enough to win gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2006 and 2007 Senior Olympics.

Swim teaching and technique have been passions of mine since early on. I sought out a swim camp at around 16 years to be around Dr. James Counsilman and his legendary scientific methods of stroke analysis. College was in Minnesota where I was part of a very strong NCAA team, St. Olaf. As my 4 children started swimming for the University City Swim Club, I was drawn back into coaching. I originally coached water polo while in college and still do at University City High School. I like to ride bikes and be creative in my free time.

I am so happy to be coaching for UCSC! I was on this team for 5 years and am thrilled to have returned. This is my first year as a swim coach, but I have been teaching swim lessons for three years and a lifeguard for two. I am currently enrolled at UMSL for my B.A. in Psychology and a Trauma Studies Certificate. Aside from all things swimming, I love music, crafts, yoga, and holding babies.

I was born in St. Louis and started competitive swimming at 9 years old. My two older brothers and myself swam for the Florissant Area Swim Team, the original FAST team in the area. Before graduating from college, I started coaching with the Boys & Girls Club of St. Charles Missouri Dolphins. During my time as a coach, I have had swimmers achieve Junior National qualifying times, Top 10, High School State Meet and State finalists.

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