Nitro Swimmer of the Month for November 2014

Cedar Park

High School Training: Rachel Brockhausen – Rachel has made some of the best progress in the HST group.  No matter if she’s leading the lane or pulling up the caboose, I’m always confident that she’s putting in as much effort as anyone.  What struck me as exceptionally great is that not only does Rachel regularly attend dryland and work hard each day, but the coaches noticed her helping others with their pull-up form and offering assistance so they could succeed—and these weren’t even teammates in her HST group; rather, other Nitro swimmers that needed help!  Rachel is a great example of the teammate you’d be extremely lucky to have.  We’re very impressed, Rachel! – Coach Alex

TAGS 2: Julia Roberto – Julia has had a really good start to this season, impressing herself with breaking 28 seconds in the 50 Free and making the All-Star Camp. She has a great attitude in practice and challenges herself and her teammates to be there very best on a daily basis. I am looking forward to watching Julia season continue to progress and all the success she will have. Well deserved. – Coach Flo:

TAGS 1: Michael Shay – Michael had a great November!  At the UT meet he dropped time in all but one of his events. It wasn’t that he dropped time that earned him swimmer of the month, but how he dropped his time. He came to practice everyday focused on making improvements to his technique and working as hard as possible. He also didn’t settle after having a great meet, he still tried to learn how he could get faster and then had an awesome last two weeks of practice. – Coach Elliott

Senior: Lauren Jones – Lauren not only works hard in the pool, but also in dryland. She has one of the highest attendance percentages in both Dryland and Water and is always pushing herself to be better. She has shown a lot of improvement in all the test sets land or water and is continuing to make changes where needed. Keep it up Lauren!! – Coach Jeremy

National Development: Hayley Krebsbach & Nick Shomper – They have both done a great job this month with increasing their work efforts, pushing themselves and pushing their teammates during practices. It has been nice to see these two raise their game at the right time leading into our mid-season rest meet. Not only did they raise their practices to another level, they capped it off by having a really nice November meet at UT. They both walked away with best times in numerous events and set themselves up for a great rest meet in December at Rockwall. Stay hungry and stay focused! – Coach Rob


Bee Cave

Middle School & High School Training: Madison Eppard – It is obvious to any who look at her that Madison is happy to be swimming.  She always has a smile on her face and is eager to get in the water. She has all the traits necessary for a swimmer to progress in the sport.  She is focused and listens well, self motivated and consistent in her attendance and has a great attitude about training and meets alike.  Watching her progress over these short 3 months has been remarkable and I can’t wait to see what she does with the Christmas training challenges in the weeks to come.   Keep up the great work Madison! – Coach Jeff

TAGS 2: Kylie VanderMeer – Kylie has really been pushing herself in practice on a daily basis.  She has been improving by being focused on our drill work and then putting it into her swimming.  Its easy to see that Kylie has worked hard at the end of practice because she will be the slowest one walking away and almost dragging her swim bag.  She also has some great tired facial expressions.  I’m excited to see what she can do at our meet this month.  Great job Kylie, keep it up! – Coach Scott

TAGS 1: Grant Barney – Grant had a great November. Along with several best times, Grant has really focused on his training and getting better each day.  Along with that, Grant always has a positive attitude and is a great teammate.  Grant showed his mental toughness on our 30×100 free set where he truly had a standout performance.  Going forward, we will look to keep working on technique and kicking.  Keep working hard and you will be rewarded for it.  Congratulations on a terrific month. – Coach Jason

Senior: Macy Probst – Macy has really stepped up her training since joining the Senior group. She has really embraced the new environment and challenges that are thrown at her. One evening we were doing dive sprints off the blocks, a swimmer ahead of her refused to let her pass. Macy got out of the pool and went to a different lane. Coach Jeff and I looked at each other, it was at that moment we became very proud of Macy for taking ownership in her training. Keep up the great work Macy! –Coach Adrian

National Development: Lauren Quincy – Lauren had a great month and has worked extremely hard.  At the TXLA meet, Lauren decided to try the mile for the first time.  In the past she has typically avoided distance races, but in the last month she decided to try something new.  It paid off big time with an 18:17! Lauren is now looking to swim the mile again with a shot at making the Sectional cut.  Congratulations on a great month, your coaches are proud of you. – Coach Jason


National Group: Coming off both a super month of training and then one of our best UT meets ever, it seems fitting to name the swimmers that achieved #1 ranking in the Nation as the “Swimmers of November”. Nice when we have multiple swimmers in this category and a great sign that the group is training well together and engaging all 30 swimmers. The TEAM is maturing and learning how to become a National power as that is where our TEAM goals are centered. This was a nice step in that direction! –Coach Rob

Top ranked age group times in USA:

Taylor Abbott (16) – 500 Free, 1650 Free

Regan Barney (15) – 100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM, 400 IM

Sean Grieshop (15) – 100, 200, 1650 Free, 200 IM, 200 Breast

Karling Hemstreet (17) – 1650 Free

Tate Jackson (17) – 50 Free

Mason Tenney (17) – 400 IM