About CE Aquatics


Mission Statement

The mission of CE Aquatics is to teach a love of swimming and inspire the discipline and dedication required to advance in the sport. Athletes who truly love what they are doing will develop the ability to persevere and achieve beyond expectations. The success of USC is realized when coaches, swimmers and parents think and act together for the common good of the TEAM, fostering a program which instills PASSION, DEDICATION, and MOTIVATION in our athletes.

About USC

Cleveland Elite Aquatics (CE Aquatics), formerly University Swim Club, is a competitive USA swimming club for ages 5 and up with a long history of promoting a love of swimming from novices to Olympic trial qualifiers. CE Aquatics currently operates out of multiple facilities on the greater east side of Cleveland Ohio. Executive Head Coach Charlie Lownes has been coaching USC/CE Aqiuatics since 1995. 

To learn more about USC and understand how we operate, please see out Team Handbook:


How is CE Aquatics Structured?

CE Aquatics is owned and managed by Executive Head Coach Charlie Lownes.  Membership fees go toward the direct operating costs associated with the organization.  These include coaches’ salaries, pool facility fees as well as insurance and certifications.

Our  parent run booster club organized as a 501(c)3.  The booster club board members are all ‘willing’ volunteers and parents of USC swimmers.  The Booster club is responsible for fundraising, organizing and running social events and enhancing the swim club experience for all swimmers and parents.  Each year there is an annual general meeting to elect the Board of Directors for the coming year.  Parents of swimmers are entitled to vote at general meetings and can be nominated to the board. 

USA Swimming

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USC is a member club of USA Swimming. USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States and a member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education.

USA Swimming is also responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. University Swim Club is one of approximately 2,800 USA Swimming accredited clubs across the nation.  This means we meet certain standards and guidelines set out by the association.  All coaches hold the required certifications and undergo regular background checks.  Many also hold American Swimming Coaches Credentials, making them outstanding in their field.

Every CE Swimmer becomes a USA Swimming member when they join the team and are required to renew their membership each year they continue on the swim team.