Nitro Swimmer of the Week for February 3rd – 8th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Nathan Issac – Nathan really has mastered his flip turns this past week.  He was having a little bit of difficulty a few weeks before but his confidence has grown and his hard work is paying off.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Zoe Portewig — Zoe has been working hard in Intro. She’s always attentive to the coaches and focused. Every practice she comes ready to swim and always has her A-game on.  Keep it up Zoe! – Coach Scott


Cedar Park: Nathaniel Early – This week he continued to work all his skills as well as push himself in practice. His hard work paid off at the meet with him performing very well. Keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Adriana Klaas – Adriana has been a great leader for the bronze group. She brings a lot of energy to the pool that the swimmers feed off of. Her mechanics have improved so much in the past two weeks, especially on her breast stroke pull outs. To cap off a great week, she had a fantastic meet performance at the Slower than B Meet at Bee Cave. Way to go Adriana! – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Kaissa Doichev & Aiydan Schweizer – Kaissa really was a great addition to our Friday T/F group.  She did a great job demonstrating her technique for the group and always has a positive outlook when she’s in the pool.  Aiydan is moving on to the Bronze group by demonstrating exactly what needs to be done.  Leading his lane, watching the clocks, paying attention, great under waters and turns and listening to the coaches.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Swaha Roy – Swaha shows up to practice every day eager to get into the water! She always wants to swim more and is always ready to learn. She is a leader in the group. Keep it up Swaha! – Coach Clayton


Cedar Park: Garret Gray & Alex Hoang – Garret has been a hard worker and tremendously positive member of the group all season, but this week really turned it up a notch in his practices.  Coach Eric just needed to tell him to race on each set, and that’s exactly what happened.  Despite cramps and exhaustion Garret consistently put everything into each set which was something great to see.  Alex has also been an outstanding practice swimmer for some time now, putting in solid effort and paying attention to the details.  Despite a bit of anxiety going into his first swim meet this pastSaturday Alex was able to calm his nerves and swim to the ability that his coaches knew he had.  Seeing a swimmer climb that mountain and realize a sense of self confidence is one of the best things about working with young swimmers.  Keep up the great work guys! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Ainsley Ballard – this young lady comes to practice every day with a smile, she dives right into practice, her kick may not be the strongest, but her effort on kick sets has improved greatly, her butterfly might not be the smoothest, but the feel and strength are growing, she is always willing to demonstrate and never shied away from a challenge put to her. This weekend I saw her standing tall with some great swims at our own Slower Than B Meet at Bee Cave, the freestyle never looked cleaner, and her breaststroke had great snap with a very tight long top, this was a whole new side to Ainsley, the competitive edge, keep watching this young lady in the future she is a racer! Well done Ainsley! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Elizabeth Stephen – Liz is a great individual to have in the water.  She is always enjoying practice and has lately been working harder than ever.  This is especially evident in her under waters and surf kicks this past week, in which she led the group in technique.  Way to go, Liz! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Joseph Black – Joey has improved significantly since joining the Adv. Silver group several months ago.  He never gives me less than his best effort in the water and knows when to focus that effort on pushing himself to go faster and when to slow things down and do the drills correctly. I can always count on Joey to do the various dry land exercises correctly; he never skimps or looks for the easy way out.  As a swimmer growing up I remember how quickly we could fall into the trap of relying upon a coach to keep us honest.  One of the best signs of having a since of purpose is exercising the ability to keep ourselves honest.  Keep up the great work Joey! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Connor Gamble – This past week he has been constantly out pacing everyone in his sets. He has been pushing his limits and striving to prepare himself for A champs this weekend. Keep working for your goals. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Madella Ngo – I knew from the first race on Saturday that the hard work Madella has been putting in at practice was going to get her noticed sooner than she thought. She even split her 50 free 29.08 dropping 6 seconds, then goes 33.90 in the 50 back dropping 6 seconds there, not quite finished she swims a 39.07 for her 50 breaststroke lowering her best time by 7 seconds, one National A time in the free, and National BB times in the other two, that’s a pretty good day! Fantastic job Madella! – Coach Chuck