June 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - It would not be a summer in Berkeley Heights without the Berkeley Heights Community Pool, and, further, without the beginning of another season for the BHCP swim team.
This year, the team will be coached by some of its most accomplished former swimmers in past years. Led by head coach Brittany Guinee, along with her assistants Eileen and Meghan Guinee, and Nick Rubino, the team looks to improve on a successful 2013 season.
There is certainly no lack of experience and winning in competitive swimming between the coaches of the program. Head coach Brittany Guinee was an All-AAC swimmer at Rutgers University and holds Top-5 records in both the 100m and 200m butterfly at Loyola University Maryland. Assistant coaches Eileen Guinee (four time state champion at Mount Saint Mary Academy and former Division-1 swimmer at Loyola University Maryland), Meghan Guinee (currently swims for Fairfield University), and Nick Rubino (highly accomplished swimmer and team captain for Governor Livingston in 2012) all bring very decorated swimming careers as well. Yet before any of these accomplishments were achieved, all of the coaches can trace the beginning of their competitive swimming careers back to the BHCP swim team.
With such amazing credentials, it is no surprise that the BHCP swim team is amongst the most successful in the area. Despite this, head coach Guinee attributes the program’s achievements to more than just winning outside the program. “The continuity of the coaching staff over the last several years has helped us get to the point where we are today, and we are confident that we have laid a solid foundation at BHCP which will continue to bear good fruits in the years ahead.”
This continuity includes being an assistant under the tenure of her sister, Eileen, as head coach, beginning in 2009 until being named head coach in 2013. Further, Meghan Guinee (third season) and Nick Rubino (second) both have been involved with the BHCP program in years past, and can use this shared experience to improve the team further.
With this group of coaches leading the program, the team has done nothing but succeed. And the results of this success has been palpable, according to head coach Guinee: “The most noticeable change has been in the size of the team, which we feel is the best indicator of how well the team is doing. Since 2009, we have seen the number of BHCP swimmers increase by about 75%, which indicates that there is something good going on at BHCP.”
Despite the tremendous successes of the BHCP swim team in recent years, head coach Guinee claimed that the most outstanding memories may not be in coaching the fastest swimmers, or those with the most perfect form. Instead, it is in watching her team come together in support of one another, no matter their abilities.
“We have had the great pleasure of having some children with special needs participate on our team,” Guinee explained. “It is awesome to watch these children compete to the best of their ability, and even more awesome to see the rest of their teammates line the pool's edge to cheer them on when they swim. The camaraderie and sense of team that we experience at those moments is a memory that will last a lifetime.”
With such enthusiasm for the program, the BHCP swim team coaches are excited for another season that will as always bring great pride both the swim club and to the community.
“Our overall philosophy is to make this an enjoyable experience for each child that joins our team. We learned to love swimming through the great experience we had as young children at BHCP, and we consider ourselves to be successful if we can pass on that love of swimming to this generation,” said Guinee.
For additional information about the Berkeley Heights Community Pool Swim Team visit www.bhcpool.com. The BHCP welcomes all levels of swimming ability.