Nitro Swimmer of the Week for April 7th – 12th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Anish Joshi & Liam McGowan  This week the Intro group was working on backstroke technique: underwater streamlines & flip turns specifically. The coaches noted how fantastic the ENTIRE Intro group did this week, everybody improved! We were specifically impressed by Liam & Anish – both of you worked really hard, listened to your coaches, made corrections and ended up with significant improvements to your backstroke. Great, great job! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Allie Dunn – Allie has really been working hard! She listens so well to feed back from her coaches and does a great job implementing it.  Her breaststroke kick has really been looking good and her hard work is paying off. Great job this week Allie! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Aiydan Schweizer – He has quietly been become a lane leader. He always seems to know what the sets are as well as what interval we are on. On top of that he is always doing the drills correctly and with focus. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Calvin Winterbottom – Calvin had an excellent week in the pool this week. He embraced our breast stroke emphasis. Calvin really focused on keeping his stroke nice and long. Great job this week Calvin, we are all very proud of you. – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Madelyn Sabrsula & Junha Kean – Both of these swimmers have shown great effort in wanting to move forward in their swimming.  We can really see them putting attention into their technique with their strokes.  Especially with all the underwater work we have been doing.  In addition to that they have always shown up to practice with  a smile on their faces and attitudes to match. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave:  – Ethan has shown dramatic improvement this past week. We did a lot of free and turn work. His dedication to improve and work hard is great to see. Keep up the good work! See you at the pool. – Coach Clay


Cedar Park: Cole Harris – Cole has been a part of the Silver group for some time now but recently has really started upping his intensity in practice.  He’s got allot of potential and is finally starting to work hard and reach for what he can be.  We hope to see Cole continue to enjoy going fast and racing his team mates on each and every set.  Keep it up Cole! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: David Sun – David has been on a break from swimming for a period of time, we know how hard it can be getting back in pool shape, all the aches and pains, sore muscles, always getting winded with what seems like just a small amount of work, yet every chance David got this week he jumped out in front of his lane, even when it looked like he might be done leading for the night, legs were burnt, face all red, he would reach down inside and find one more burst of energy to finish out the set. I love this new and improved David, Great to have back young man!! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Samantha Faulkner – Some swimmers are easy to read when they join a new group.  Samantha is one of those athletes.  From day 1 in Advanced Silver, she was eager to do everything her coaches asked of her.  She has been anxiously awaiting chances to use her new equipment and willing to race the other swimmers.  While she might not be the tallest or strongest swimmer in the group yet, she certainly shines with her attitude and work ethic that’s already outstanding.  Keep it up and you’ll be the fastest in the pool, Samantha! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Kiara Bobb – With the group’s recent new additions, I’ve been given the opportunity to work with a great many new dedicated and driven swimmers. As I’ve said before, Adv. Silver is where many swimmers begin identifying what it means to be a swimmer. To train as a swimmer. To learn about swimming and not just how to swim. One person who has been exemplifying these principles and goals of the group has been Kiara. She is motivated to be here and it shows every time she is in the water. Keep up the great work Kiara! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Kayla Hess – During the the week she was consistently pushing herself through the sets as well as focusing on skills. She capped it all off with a test set on Saturday. She managed to hold an average time that was 7 secs faster than her best time. Congratulations and keep up the great work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Avery Kalsu – Avery had a great week, working hard on the toughest things, yet the simplest, when you push off the wall streamline body line has to happen without thought, then you must be patient just long enough to let the velocity achieved from the push move you as far as possible before developing your kick, first dolphin, then flutter, a quick blast with one arm, then the breakout, followed by 3 strokes and then the first breath, all this happening in less than 5 seconds. Avery has challenged herself to be the very best at this as she can be, the IM sets she swam this week were superior, you smile when you she her attack the swim, no one was better off the walls than Avery this week! I look forward to her first long course meet. Great job young lady!! – Coach Chuck