Nitro Swimmer of the Month for March 2015

Cedar Park

High School Training: Rachel Brockhausen – Rachel is a rock in the group.  You can always count on her showing up on time for both dryland and swimming, working hard, and being willing to make corrections.  Rachel has made several positive changes to her strokes, especially with freestyle rotation and pulling.  She’s fought hard since joining the group, and it’s clearly paying off.  Keep it up, Rachel! – Coach Alex

TAGS 2: Zach Bann, Shannon Bagnal, Joseph Hunninghake, Ana Herceg, Joshua Louie, Clayton Meyer, Vincent Ribeiro, Julia Roberto, Thomas Shomper & Karen Yin – All of these swimmers contributed in a major way to Nitros success at the TAGS meet this past month while swimming individual events at the meet. Many lifetime best were swum in this group as well as Team Records broken. Many of them came back to swim at Finals and those that didn’t where their to support their teammates. We also had TAGS Champions in the group Karen (200 Back) & Zach, Vincent, Clayton & Brian Li (400 Medley Relay). Very proud to have coached this group of swimmers and can not wait to see how the continue to strive through their swimming career. – Coach Flo

TAGS 1: Reilly Gilbert & Payton Marvin – Reilly had a rough January and February.  He was fighting illness and just couldn’t get healthy enough to really accomplish his goals.  But he showed up every day, when he could, and worked hard.  Come around to March and he got healthy again.  At our Tags meet Reilly was able to go some very fast lifetime bests on relays!  He wouldn’t of been able to do that without his commitment! Payton also deserves a SOM nod.  Payton had some outstanding swims at our Tags meet.  Her performance on Sunday (having to swim 8 events) was incredible.  A testament to her hard work in the months leading up to the meet. –Coach Elliott

Senior: Elizabeth Chen – Elizabeth had a great past month in the pool. As the SCY season came to an end we did lots of team building activities in the water and she is someone that ALWAYS has a positive influence on the group. She is always cheering for her teammates and encouraging them to be better. Keep it up LIZ!! – Coach Jeremy

National Development: Adam Toler – Adam has come to practice with a strong sense of urgency and focus the entire month.  Though the first half of the month was more relaxed and technique focused, he still treated the practices with the same level of importance as other practices he’s done.  Starting off the LCM with that kind of effort will carry him forward into a great summer! – Coach Elliott

Bee Cave

Middle & High School Training: Emilio Garza – Learning to train as a group can be challenging.  The coach can only do so much, at a certain point individuals are required to step up and help create a positive culture within the group. Many of the people who earn Swimmer of the Month add to this goal of quality training for the whole group. In that sense, having a positive attitude is everything.  Emilio shows up for practice everyday with a smile.  You can tell that he wants to be here and his enthusiasm is contagious, spreading to the swimmers around him.  His efforts in the pool have been rewarded and watching him improve over the last six months has been most gratifying. Keep up the great work Emilio, you are going to have a great summer! – Coach Jeff

TAGS 2: Yasmina Buhl, Ian Cullicott, John Fontenot, Joe Gillett, Lindsay Kayser, Cammi Schaufelberger, Tailyn Schaufelbeger, CJ Suarez – All of these swimmers participated at the TAGS Championships and represented Nitro very well!  It was a great way to top of an already great season.  We had multiple Top 8 and 16 finishes as well as some great swims on relays.  All 8 of these swimmers have come a long way since September and I can’t wait to see what they can do in a few months at LCM TAGS.  – Coach Scott

TAGS 1: Brian Li – Brian had a terrific month! Brian comes in everyday ready to work hard.  He is very focused on his technique and his underwaters continue to get stronger. His hard work all season paid off with many lifetime bests and incredible relay performances at TAGS. One of the highlights was on the last night when Brian anchored the 400 medley relay to a first place finish. Congratulations on a great month. – Coach Jason

Senior: Macy Probst – Macy has been working her tail off since the short course season came to an end. She had a great season and learned a lot about what she is capable in the pool. I have really admired seeing her confidence grow after each and every practice. Since having our goal meeting, she has stayed on course with the goals she wants to accomplish. Keep up the great work Macy, long course will be an exciting one for you! – Coach Adrian

National Development: Ashley Mayer – Ashley had a great championship season competing at both Sectionals and TAGS.  One of Ashley’s major goals this season was to get an NCSA Cut.  Ashley worked hard and continued to focus on her underwaters, turns, and breakouts.  On her last chance of the season, Ashley led off the 13-14 girls 400 medley relay at TAGS.  She took it out with great speed and control and maintained it throughout the swim.  When she looked at the board, she realized that her hard work paid off as she attained her NCSA Cut for the 100 back.  Congratulations on a great month. – Coach Jason

National Group Swimmer of March: Mason Tenney Mason had an awesome end of season meet at American Short Course Meet. He was eager to swim events he normally doesn’t swim along with his prime events. Mason tore it up in all of his events he swam individually and on relays. Mason’s most stand out swims were probably his4:24 in his 500 free, dropping 12 seconds and breaking the 3:50 barrier in his 400 IM.He did so well he has made it really tough on Coach Reese for next year as to what Mason should swim when he will be a freshman at UT (the 2015 Men’s NCAA Champions). We are so very proud of Mason and what he has accomplished and for being such a wonderful role model for Nitro. Keep up everything you do!