BRANCHBURG, NJ - In September 2014, head coach Brian Greene and team administrator Karen Johnson created the Streamline Aquatics Club and formed the new USA competitive swim team based out of Raritan Valley Community College, in Branchburg.
In the first year, according to a release, several swimmers achieved Junior Olympic times and fostered a strong sense of team.
The goals, according to the release, are to provide an opportunity for all swimmers at all levels to reach their highest potential as people and athletes, to instill sportsmanship and to help families balance family life, swimming, academics and outside activities.
These goals are achieved through private lessons, stroke clinics, a competitive swim team and more.
The club is preparing to host competitive team try-outs in the coming months.
Swimmers will need a bathing cap, goggles and towel, and anyone who can not attend the scheduled dates should contact Johnson at 908-612-8928 to set up another time.
Tryouts will be held at the following times:
- July 9, mixed ages, 6:30 p.m.
- July 14, 6:30 p.m.
- July 20, mixed ages, 6:30 p.m.
- July 30, mixed ages, 6:30 p.m.
- Aug. 9, mixed ages, 5:45 p.m.
Swimmers should arrive 30 minutes early to take care of paperwork.
The team will practice at Raritan Valley Community College, and tryouts will be there as well. Those who have swum on a competitive team before should bring a list of best times if possible.
At try-outs, swimmers will be asked to swim a 25 or 50 of every stroke depending on age. Tryouts will last approximately one hour each night.
Swimmers will be notified by email within a week of their tryouts, with either group placement on a team or a recommendation to attend group clinics to improve skills. Monetary deposits for teams must be made within two weeks of notification of placement.
There are also “Learn to Swim” programs, stroke clinics and private lessons at different locations, namely RVCC, the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater and the Wardlaw-Hartridge High School in Edison.
Greene has been in aquatics instruction for more than 30 years in New Jersey, from learn-to-swim programs to YMCA National Champions. He began his career at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool in 1982, and soon became head coach when he increased the size of the competitive team from 38 swimmers to more than 250.
Greene later earned an assistant coaching position with the Summit YMCA Seals, and worked with the West Essex and Montclair YMCAs, coaching four National Y champions and one National Championship relay team. Later, Greene moved to the Somerset Valley YMCA, participating in winning three state championships.
Johnson was a swim parent for her son on the Somerset Valley YMCA team, and was responsible for entries for more than 300 swimmers on an annual basis as the entry coordinator. She was later offered a position as administrative assistant for the Rutgers University Swim Team.