Westside Waves

Our team is a member of the Lake Erie Swimming Inc, the Northeast Ohio affiliate of USA Swimming. 

Swim team registration begins in September and we will swim in various swim meets in the local area. Our program has four practice groups separated by age and level which offers detailed stroke work, the latest swimming equipment, video recording of strokes, daily workouts, structured activity, and most importantly, development of a lifelong skill. Whether your child is a new swimmer, or an experienced swimmer looking for a swim team in the Cleveland area, the Westside Waves are happy to have your child on our team!

Do you have questions, please email Coach Marisa Celeste at westlakewaves@gmail.com   Attention new swimmers - All try outs require Coach Marisa’s approval. Walk-ins may not be accepted due to limited space. 

Practice begins September 9th. 


Meet the Coaches

Marisa Celeste – Head Coach

Born and raised in Rocky River, Ohio. Swimming has played an integral part in my life. I started swimming for LSSC until high school where I attended Gilmour Academy and I swam 3 years varsity and graduated early. Upon which I attended Hiram College, graduating in three years as well. Where I specialized in breaststroke and sprint freestyle. I then worked toward my Masters Degree in Sport Administration from Cleveland State University. During this time I instructed swimming at Goldfish Swim School and Rocky River swim league. After experiencing life in Spain for the past three years teaching physical education, dance and English. Now, back home, I’m looking forward to continuing to pursue my passion working with children in the pool. I’m excited to share my love for the sport and having a great season!

Jeff Armstrong – Assistant Coach

Coach Jeffrey Armstrong is in his 45th year of coaching in all divisions of swimming. He has coached Y.M.C.A., high school, age group and college. The majority of those years in YMCA swimming especially within the Cleveland YMCA association. He has directly coached swimmers that have placed at USA Junior Nationals, Y.M.C.A. National Championships and N.C.A.A. Division 2 Nationals. Many of his age group swimmers have gone on to represent major universities as well as smaller colleges at Division 1 and Division 3 Nationals as well. These swimmers have swum many district, zone, and state records where he has coached. Eleven of those swimmers are or were listed in the top 100 all-time age group best swims list. He has coached in North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. His swimmers have been ranked in the top 3 in the country. These swimmers achievements combined with experience and education (minor in Athletic Coaching) has gained him a Level 3 certification and he is a Certified Stroke Technician from the American Swimming Coaches Association. He is experienced in team building and has guided many swimmers from the beginning of their careers to the end of their swimming experience.

Austin Lockhart – Assistant Coach

Onat Tungac – Assistant Coach/ Team Registrar