Nitro Swimmer of the Week for December 2nd – 7th, 2013

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Sahiti Chintarlapalli & Anvitha Dhulipala – Both Sahiti and Anvitha started Intro just a few months ago. They had a hard time making it across the pool without stopping. They have made huge improvements over the course of the season, and can swim entire practices without stopping in the middle of the pool. That is a huge feat to accomplish! Way to go Sahiti and Anvitha!! – Coach Kirsten

Bee Cave: Zoe Portewig – Zoe is one of our Intros who comes in always with a smile on her face and asks what we are going to do for the day. She always is giving us her full attention. She is always giving 100% to practice and getting better. She setting great leadership within her group. Keep up the great work Zoe. – Coach Nikki


Cedar Park: Timothy Guan – This week he did a great job leading his lane several practices. As one of our youngest swimmers in the group this was a very big accomplishment. Congratulations Timothy and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Amelie Gilmour & Chloe Perry – Amelie has improve tremendously, always keeps track of her work out and always eager to take on a new challenge.  When in the water she always focuses and when I make a correction she improves it immediately. When she does not understand something she always asks to be sure that she does it correctly.  Always pays attention, gives 100% when she is in the water and never complains about anything.  – With an infectious attitude Chloe inspires the Bronze swimmers to try hard and leave it all in the pool.  Many swimmers have a hard time with Butterfly but Chloe listens to all the tips and makes it look effortless.  Keep up the great work! – Coach Tan & Hannah

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Nell Yao & Connor Phinney – Nell and Connor rocked it this past week.  They both had extremely impressive backstroke underwater streamlines.  In addition to that, the new drills we introduced, they picked up quickly.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Jordan Cox – Jordan put together a nice week of practice this week. Jordan has really improved on her backstroke this week. When she comes to practice Jordan always has a big smile on her face. Whenever she has any confusion on what we are doing she always asks great questions. She also makes a great demonstrator for drills to show everyone. Keep up the great work! – Coach Adrian


Cedar Park: Orion Tian – Orion has consistently been a great addition to Silver 3.  He brings a quiet concentration on a consistent basis and applies that great work ethic to every set we do.  Between his focus in the water and his demeanor in working with his coaches and team mates he’s been a wonderful student.  Keep up the great work Orion! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Laney Kalsu – You will never find a frown on this young lady, she might give you an “oh boy” or “woo” but always finishes with a smile, she loves to kick, board and fins prefered, but just plain streamline works just as well, and when you ask for overkick watch out for the white water! Big sis had better watch out little sis loves to race! Great stuff Kiddo!!—Coach Chuck


Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Madeline Nguyen – Madeline has done an amazing job learning to work with the snorkel. Working with snorkels the first time is not easy it is an uncomfortable feeling. First time anyone has to do flip-turns with snorkels and the feeling of water filling up the snorkel and being able to clear the water to continue swimming takes quite some getting used too. Madeline has done a great job working on this, now she can do so many more drills that will help her overall success level going forward. Congrats Madeline – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: William Gunawan, Sean Kelly & John Fontenot – One of the things I like about swimming is the culture of academic success the sport encourages.  Division III doesn’t give scholarships for athletics.  However, over two thirds of the swimmers on my team were there on an academic scholarship.  A good 20 swimmers consistently made the Dean’s list and two were in the running for the President’s Medal, a highly prestigious honor for the top students at my school.  Last week, while doing a social-kick I was asking the swimmers silly questions to get them to talk and engage one another.  When asked to name their favorite element on the periodic table of elements, William, Sean and John told me that one of them was two Hydrogen molecules, another was one Oxygen molecule(making water) and the third was sodium(resulting in an explosive chemical reaction).  I thought this was rather clever. Later, when asked to give me their favorite shape, they gave me three shapes that could be put together to form a pencil, a cone, a short cylinder and a long hexagonal cylinder.  This was just the type of thinking and team work I was looking for and I want to congratulate them all.  Keep up the great work guys! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Dan Vinnik – This weekend was quite a up and down weekend for all emotionally being ready to swim and then last minute the meet being cancelled. Luckily we were able to get a meet together last minute and our swimmers were able to race. This proved to be great for Dan because he managed to get his first TAGS cut in the 100 Back. Congratulations to him and keep up the hard work. – Coach Flo

Bee Cave  – Noah Lightfoot – Sometimes the road traveled to get back in shape is filled with pot holes, but Noah continues to impress me every day, I would put his streamline walls up against any swimmer on Nitro, his focus is right on, and his intensity really jumps when we go at the longer distances, he really has matured as a swimmer. Looks like he is soon to move up! Great work Noah—Coach Chuck