Nitro Swimmer of the Month – June 2014:

Cedar Park

High School Training: David Jefts – David is new to the group, but he is already one of the hardest workers in High School Training.  There was no doubt that he certainly struggled when first hopping in the water last month, but through tenacious work ethic and consistent attendance, his endurance has built up tremendously.  We look forward to seeing what kind of ammunition David will be firing with more training along down the road. – Coach Alex

TAGS 2: Bella Zapata, Kaylie Pasquino, Chloe Southard & Reaghan Piotrowski – All four of these girls have turned 13 this season, several of them had their first UT meet swimming with 13 & Over Session. At first they were a bit nervous about swimming with the older age groups but they did a fantastic job improved a bunch of time and picked up several 13-14 A cuts that they did not have before. Very proud of all four girls and looking forward to seeing what STAGS will have in store for all four of them. – Coach Flo

TAGS 1:Summer Fullwood & Ashlyn Carroll – Summer and Ashlyn had excellent Junes!  Summer kicked off June (May 31) at our Distance meet by going a lifetime best in the 1500, breaking 19:00!  She then had an awesome Bill Nixon meet, achieving 2 Tags cuts and getting lifetime bests in all but one event!  Ashyln followed suit by achieving Tags cuts in the 100/200 Flys and achieving lifetime bests in all but 2 events!  Ashlyn, then finished the month at the Texas Open by getting lifetime bests in 50, 100, 400 and 800 Freestyles!  Both of them accomplished these goals by truly committing themselves to practicing with effort and focus everyday! – Coach Elliott

Senior: Dylan Gonzalez – Dylan continues to push himself to be better everyday. He has raised the bar in and out of the water. His attendance is one of the highest in the group and he has been working  on his goals daily, and even created the new “cool down” stroke The Otter. Keep up the great work DYLAN! – Coach Jeremy

National Development:Breely Peterson – Breely has been working on stroke reconstruction this summer and this month she has started to see the light on the stroke improvements. She has been very dedicated to working on her strokes every practice. Some days with a lot of reminders by coaches but mostly with very little coach reminders. With her continued work on her strokes, she started to realize these improvements are making her swim smoother, easier, and faster. These improvements showed at the Bill Nixon Meet when she had her best meet of the summer. In 3 of her events she achieved her 2nd best times of her life and then achieving 3 lifetime best times to cap off the meet. This meet has given her a renewed self-confidence in herself and the stroke work she has been doing. Keep the good positive work going and finish the summer on a great note. – Coach Rob

Bee Cave

High School & Middle School Training: Chloe Perry – Chloe has done a great job this month. Even though she was swimming summer league, she still came to practice in put 100% effort in. She also is always super friendly to new swimmers. Chloe goes out of her way to make sure they feel included as part of Nitro. Great job this month Chloe! Keep working hard and being an awesome teammate! – Coach Megan

TAGS: Nathaniel Hartman – Nathaniel has been one of the hardest workers over the past month.  He comes in every day ready to take on whatever sets I come up with.  He has been a leader by example as well as being a positive teammate and encouraging others throughout tough sets.  His fly and free is looking better and better everyday.  I’m looking forward to seeing what Nathaniel is able to do at STAGS as a result of all his hard work.  Great job Nathaniel keep it up! – Coach Scott

Senior:Jessie Edmundson – Jessie has completely taken over her training this past month. She been zoned in at every practice. Whenever we have a challenge set, she rises up to the occasion. Jessie has become a fierce leader lately. Whenever someone may be lost within a set, Jessie is on top of things and relays the proper instruction. Great job Jessie, keep it up! – Coach Adrian

National Development: Chelsea Fuchs – Chelsea had a great month of training in and out of the water. She has been very focused on improving her technique and has consistently pushed herself to get better.  Along with the technique work, Chelsea has done a great job on our race pace sets and she is seeing many positive results. Keep challenging yourself and great things will happen! – Coach Jason

National Group: Taylor Abbott – What an incredible month of June of Taylor! He started the month with some really nice swims at the Texas Senior Circuit #1 Meet in Dallas, then continued picking up his intensity after that meet in both the water and in dry-land. His new level of training paid off big dividends when he competed at the U.S. Open Water National Championships in Castaic Lake, CA. He swam the 10K on Friday the 13th, placing 24th overall and 6thfor 18 and under. Then 2 days later on Sunday in the 5K he placed 8th overall and1st for 18 and under. He was able to take the victory despite getting “bumped”on the last turn, cutting his lip. This great performance earned Taylor a spot on the USA Junior National OW Team and they will head to Israel in August to represent the USA! Taylor will also get the next name plate on our National Champions banner at the pool! Taylor’s impressive June didn’t stop there; he went onto the Santa Clara Grand Prix Meet straight from Open Water Nationals and had himself another great meet. He had 4 lifetime best times, with one being the 200 Fly qualifying for Junior Nationals this summer and the other impressive swim was his 1500 where he qualified for US Nationals this summer. Besides Taylor’s amazing work ethic which has the respect of all his teammates, Taylor has become a vocal team spirit leader as well. This could be seen when he was the loudest cheerleader during the 1500 for teammate and training partner Sean Grieshop at the SCGP. Very well done growing in this department which is equally important to coaches! In and out of the pool, Taylor is getting it done and a great choice for his first ever Nitro Swimmer of the Month!!! – Coach Rob and Coach Tim.