Nitro Swimmer of the Week for April 14th – 19th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Raphael Wang  Raphael is so dedicated to his swimming! He comes to practice every week with a smile on his face, ready to listen to the coaches, and try his best in the water! And his hard work is paying off – his strokes are improving in leaps & bounds!! Wow! Great job, Raphael!! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Jasper Sewell – Jasper did really well this week. He is such a good leader in his group and is always making sure he is in top if things. He is also good at helping his teammates stay focused and motivated. Keep it up jasper! Great job! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Ella Baldwin – This week she has really began to embrace being a leader in her lane which involves more than just being first. She is doing a fantastic job with her intervals as well as keeping track of what we are doing in the set and the number completed. Congratulations and keep up the great work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Grant Piercy – Grant had a terrific week in the pool. He really took advantage of our diving  time. Grant has been a rising leader in our bronze group. Great job this week Grant. – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Liam Graves & Sophia Szabo – Liam has had a great week listening to instructions and really putting in some effort in his strokes in the pool.  His under-waters look great.  Sophia has always showed up, gotten into the pool, and just did her job.  Swimming.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Akshara Kolli  – Akshara demonstrates great dedication and work ethic during practice. Never missing a workout, she gives her all everyday. Way to go Akshara! See you at the pool. – Coach Clay


Cedar Park: Brian Kim – Brian has been a great worker in the Silver group since joining in the Fall.  While he’s always done a great job in adjusting his technique and putting in hard work when asked, this week he did a tremendous job in getting better at his dives.  It’s awesome to see a young swimmer conquer their fears.  Keep up the great work Brian! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Linh Nguyen – I quote William Shakespeare, “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” Time after time I’ve watched this young lady work her turns, never once have I seen her come up short of the flags on a push off from any turn, when she demonstrates breaststroke, I count one great pullout and nine strokes, while most of the kiddos in silver may stand a head taller than Linh, very few can match her heart. Linh is a charger and one too keep your eye on this summer. Great job young lady! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Alex Hoang – Alex is new to the group, but he is certainly making a big impact on his coaches and teammates.  He listens very intently and is quick to make any changes to improve his strokes.  Alex participated in the TXLA Long Course Kickoff meet over the weekend and absolutely rocked his events.  We’re excited for his bright future in the sport.  Way to go, Alex! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Sean Kelly – Sean had a great week. He is inquisitive about workout, focused in the water, encouraging to his teammates and consistent in his efforts. I can always count on Sean giving me everything he has. This week, despite being injured and while avoiding further injury, he managed to put together some great sets. That said, what really impresses me is his concern for his fellow teammates. At this age, it is so easy to focus on one’s self and aggrandize ourselves through the suppression or oppression of others. While Sean is not alone in his efforts to encourage his teammates, this week, combined with his other and consistent efforts in the water, have earned him Swimmer of the Week. Keep up the great work Sean! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Sarah Waters – This week she has really stepped up her effort level. Throughout the practices she continually leads her lane and works on the focus of the set. I hope she continues the level of effort toward working to her goals. Keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Jenny Bui – Jenny has really stepped up over the last few weeks and started training at a higher level.  She is now going on the faster interval on main sets and leading the lane during warm-ups.  I always tell the kids that fast kicking is a conscious effort and I can see her putting in the extra work in order to improve and push through her training wall.  We train with lane buddies twice a week and I consistently use her as an example in her lane as to what is expected from the group.  Many times you have to repeat yourself for swimmers to correct the same technique issues but with Jenny I can ask her to do something once and she puts the thought into making that a permanent correction immediately.  Keep up the great work! – Coach Chuck