University City Swim Club (UCSC) offers a St. Louis youth swim team for youth through age 18. Practices are held Monday through Thursday at the times listed below. Over the summer, practices begin at 6:30pm. Swimmers can choose how many, and which days, they attend practice. The program features instruction at 3 levels:

Level 1 (Coach Mary Nani Lhotak, 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm/ 6:15pm-7:00pm): This level is for you if you are comfortable and confident in the water, and you can get from one end of a 25-yard pool to the other in some fashion. In this level, we work on: diving, swimming 25 yards without stopping, all 4 strokes and breathing techniques, and endurance.

Level 2 (Coach Larry Edinger, 5:30pm - 6:30pm, with the option to stay until 7pm): This level is for you if you’ve had some swimming and instruction experience, and you are now ready to move on to improving your stroke technique and swim endurance to 50 yards. In this level, we work on: diving from the block, swimming 50 yards, refining strokes and breathing techniques, emphasizing legal starts, turns, finishes and touches; increasing endurance, and getting some meet experience.

Level 3 (Head Coach Larry Edinger, 5:30 pm - 7 pm): This level is for you if you are able to swim all four competitive strokes and the IM legally, you understand training vocabulary and the use of sets during workouts. In this level, we work on: perfecting all four competitive strokes for drilling/stroke improvement and breathing techniques, participating in interval workouts, refining starts, turns, finishes, and touches, further increasing endurance, and building the team meet spirit.

Practice times + locations

Indoor Season:

September – May
at the University City Natatorium (7420 Shaftesbury)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30 pm - 7 pm

Interested in the team? Head Coach Larry Edinger will be conducting evaluations for new swimmers on a rolling basis throughout the season. Contact to schedule a time.

Outdoor Season:

June + July
at the Heman Park Pool (7210 Olive)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

UCSC Members can pay bills using this link:

You can also donate via check, made payable to University City Swim Club, and mailed to Margaret Hassenstab, 7274 Creveling Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130


our pools

University City Natatorium

(part of University City High School)

7420 Shaftesbury Avenue
University City, MO 63130
no pool pass required.

University City Natatorium

Heman Park Pool

7210 Olive Street Blvd.
University City, MO 63130
please visit Centennial Commons for pool pass information.

Heman Park Pool

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