Nitro Swimmer of the Week for January 4th – 9th, 2016

Intro to Nitro 

Cedar Park: Lily Weipert – Lily is improving each week in her stroke technique, especially her freestyle and backstroke. This past week Lily did an excellent job with the transition from 25’s to swimming 50’s all of practice and working on her flip turns as well as her open turns. Lily finished up a great week by swimming at the Nitro at the Races meet and competing in multiple events including the 100 Individua l Medley! Way to go Lily, keep up the hard work. – Coach Ben

Bee Cave:  Zoe Gonzales. Zoe has come such a long way in the past couple months. In every stroke she has improved, and her endurance is so much better than it was when she first came. She had a hard first couple weeks with the cold, being scared, and needing to wear fins BUT not any more!!! She demonstrated this week and was leading her lane at one point. Way to go Zoe!! Super proud of your hard work and keep it up! – Coach Sarah


Cedar Park: Mallika Jade – Over the past couple of weeks, Mallika has stepped up her intensity, pushing herself to new heights in practice! Just this week, she demonstrated great rotation in her backstroke, and mastered the backstroke flip turn! Awesome job Mallika! – Coach Adam

Bee Cave: Jason Chen – Jason is looking better and better on his butterfly, it starts with a good underwater streamline, a kick that builds and pushes to the fruit loops almost every time, the first breath is low and quick, after the breath he shows great patience before beginning the next stroke, making the stroke flow. Jason works this way on all his strokes beginning with one great habit, his streamline push off! All swimmers take note leaving the wall with your head in the right position is the start to being a great swimmer. Well done young man! – Coach Chuck

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Lydia Karli & David Hoo – Great job you two really emphasizing the word “practice” in your actual practice. Yes you worked hard, trained hard and more importantly seemed to be enjoying yourselves. Lydia great job on that pace set and hitting your goals. Well done.  David a nice job listening for your goal times and implementing them multiple times. Both seemed to really have a great time at the pool always with a great attitude with your respective groups. Thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Zoie Lee. Any time I need something demonstrated for the Saturday TF #13 group, Zoie is the first person that comes to my mind. She never complains about the sets. She just does the work that is asked of her. Zoie is definitely one of the leaders of Technique and Fitness because of her work ethic and willingness to help. A well deserved SOW this week, Zoie! – Coach Peter


Cedar Park: Trinity Storms – Although Trinity can be quiet, her presence in this group is anything but. She consistently puts forth outstanding effort, doesn’t have an ounce of negativity or complain in her, and never fails to challenge herself when the time comes. With such effort, only good things are to come. Great job, and thanks for all you do Trinity! Your work has not gone unnoticed. – Coach Nick

Bee Cave: Camryn Thigpen – I am so impressed at how much Camryn has improved over the last few months, her focus and intensity are the driving force to improve. She pushes hard on as many repeats on almost every set we do. Looking out at the pool you will see Camryn pushing through the pain and when she looks back at you when she is finished you see a red face huffing and puffing, another interval completed successfully. Camryn is ready to start training 15 minutes more every night! Great Job young lady! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Emily Iliukevich – Holy smokes, it’s Emily Iliukevich!  Emily is a very disciplined swimmer with only one nagging bad habit – adjusting her cap while swimming.  While her strokes are fantastic, this has caused slow-downs and even DQs in the past.  Emily represented Nitro at B Champs and swam great, despite tugging that cap a couple of times the first two sessions.  I pulled Emily aside before her last event, the 100 breast, and told her the only thing I wanted to see was hands off the cap.  She dove in and did just as I asked, and dropped a whopping 13 seconds!  You deserve a huge Swimmer of the Week title, Em! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Lucia Lovett – Lucia has stepped forward and rapidly adopted a great sense of leadership in the Advance Silver group. From her first step on deck, till the last stroke of practice, she’s always smiling and with a spark of happiness that makes it so great to coach her. Closing the week with two solid “BB” times on the two events she swum this past weekend during the “B” Champs in SA (100FR-1:07.42/100BK-1:19:35). Making the difference everyday is the key! Good way to go Lucia. Keep it up! FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!! SI SI SI! – Coach Felix


Cedar Park: Liz Stephen – Liz not only had a great B-Champs this past weekend, but has also put a lot of work into her Backstroke and Breaststroke the last few weeks. She has improved on her turns and underwater kicking as well and it showed this past weekend! Keep up the great work in practice! – Coach Jeremy

Bee Cave: Landry Stewart – Landry joined Nitro and Gold group a few months ago now, but since then I have been very impressed with her coming into the group and working hard each day. I believe she is becoming more comfortable with her surroundings and new team mates. She competed at B champs this weekend, and did a wonderful job of crushing her times and making a new base for herself. She qualified herself for BB champs, and I am looking forward to watching her continue to work hard these next few weeks to potentially achieve an A time standard. Keep up the work Landry. – Coach Allison