Nitro Swimmer of the Month for July 2016

Cedar Park

High School Training: Michael Dolan – Over this last month he has been a constant leader within the group. He does not lead with his words but by example. Every set he is out front setting the pace for everyone else to strive for. It does not matter the stroke or distance he will set the bar. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

TAGS 2: Rance Blancaflor, Jaylin DuBose, Melissa Emata, Ana Fleming, Kelson Flynn, Ana Herceg, Trinity Hoang, Karsten Olsen, Julia Rautaneva, Sophia Rivas, David Shay, Megha Siddapureddy, Dan Vinnik, Max Vinnik, Paula Warren, Julian Yung – All of these athletes participated in Texas Age Group Swimming Championship aka TAGS. This is one of the fastest age group meets in the country so just qualifying for this meet is extremely difficult. I am very proud of all the hard work that all these athletes put in throughout the season leading up to this meet. I hope to see all of the athletes continue their had work as they set new goals for the upcoming season. Without your hard work we would not be able to stand together as TAGS Champions again this year. Congratulations on a great season. – Coach Travis

TAGS 1: Shannon Bagnal, Zach Bann, Emily Burchett, Ethan Chen, Audrey Dieckert, Claire Emata, John Fontenot, Allie Freeman, Matti Friesz, Corby Furrer, Reilly Gilbert, Joe Gillett, Emma Greene, Jack Grieshop, Joseph Hunninghake, Atharva Joshi, Joshua Louie, Clayton Meyer, Caitlin Murphy, Vincent Ribeiro, Julia Roberto, Shreyush Shankar, Dominic Toledo-Sanchez, Rylee Worley, Sydney Yang, Jess Yeager & Karen Yin – How do you pick just one swimmer from the meet this group just had? It is rather impossible task because no matter what you are leaving someone out. Our group had a meet that they will always remember for the rest of their lives and not because they performed exceptionally well because, all the swimmers who had been training together all year long came together and had fun. When you are having fun with your friends and enjoying the moment of being 13 or 14 years old, it just makes you swim faster (with proper training of course). That is what this group brought to their final meet of the season. I could not be more proud of them and the task they accomplished.  – Coach Flo

Sectional Development: Jacob Gwin – Jacob had a phenomenal STAGS Meet and was also selected to be on the South Texas Zones team. I have been super impressed with his attitude and leadership in and out of the pool! Keep up the hard work Jacob!! – Coach Jeremy

National Development: Greyson Alarcon – Greyson had a great Sectional meet that saw him drop an incredible amount of time and pick up Future Cuts along the way. Congratulation Greyson on a job well done. – Coach Flo

Bee Cave

Middle School & High School Training: Neha Senthilnathan & Emily Padilla – Both of these girls have been working hard and asking me what they can do to get better and eventually move on to Senior. They really try do to the things I ask to improve their swimming. I have been very impressed with their work ethic lately. Great job this month, ladies! – Coach Peter

TAGS 2: John Marshall Singletary, Sergio Pereira, Deuce Harbour, Brendan Burt, Kyle Vandermeer, Lindsay Kayser, & Natalie Klaas – It has been an honor to have been able to coach you young ladies and gentlemen for the past year. I have never been so impressed with the manners and genuine character of each of you. I adore you guys, and can’t wait to see where each of you go in the next step of your swimming career. It’s going to be great! – Coach Allison

TAGS 1: Addie Orris – Addie of TAGS 1 is a newcomer this Long Course season to Nitro.  She has shown excellent commitment and consistency in her training this summer.  It was Addie’s first summer of long course training and she handled it like a seasoned veteran.  Addie specializes in freestyle, but is also a developing IM swimmer.  She has an amazing natural flutter kick.  Addie never leaves practic3e without thanking the coaching staff, or without a smile on her face.  She swam all new best times to finish her summer at STAG’s.   I look forward to working with Addie through short course season and watching her work her way to her first TAGS championships.  Addie has the tools and attitude to make it big in swimming.  Great Job!  Keep it up! – Coach Randy

Senior: Mia Thompson – Mia has done a great job of improving her training, by recognizing certain weakness in her strokes, we have come up with a simple plan to move ahead, work legs, improved turns, make the training set her own by changing breathing and vary intensity within each set as needed. Mia has improved so much this Long Course season, her sprinting gets better every meet but I believe as she expands into longer events her ability to keep her tempo will really shine. I look forward to seeing her 200 and 500 short course swims! Great job young lady. – Coach Chuck

National Development: Madi Riley – Madi was a finalist at both the sectional meet in mid July, as well as a finalist at TAGS in the end of July. She improved her 200 breaststroke by over 10 seconds throughout the course of the summer, as well as ended up with the most Sectional qualifying swims out of all ND swimmers at Bee Cave Nitro. She also swam on A medley relays at TAGS contributing to Nitro’s top finishes for 13-14 Girls Relays.  Madi is a natural leader by example and works hard every practice she attends.  She has Nitro 13-14 girls’ fastest times in the distance freestyles too. I look forward to Madi achieving her Futures and Winter Jr. National standards in the near future.  Great work young lady.  Keep it up! – Coach Randy

National Group: Sutton Marvin – Sutton had a really strong Sectionals, posting a number of lifetime bests.  She’s done a great job at communicating, asking questions, and committing to changes all season.  It was great to see her break through and drop time in a number of events. – Coach Elliott