Nitro Swimmer of the Week for January 5th – 10th, 2015

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Jake Bailey – Jake attended his first swim meet this week!! He showed up 100% ready to go! I was impressed by his great attitude. He listened to his coaches throughout the whole meet, and asked questions when he wasn’t sure what to do. He was also cheerful & excited about racing! Great first meet, Jake!! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Cael Helm – Cael did a really great job this week! He had his first swim meet and I was so impressed with how positive and determined he was!! He came to practice right before the meet and got to work on diving, then put it into his race immediately! Through out the entire meet, no matter what was thrown at him, he had a great attitude! I love how much effort you put into your swimming Cael! Keep working hard! – Coach Meghan

Bronze

Cedar Park: Trinity Storms – Trinity has done a fantastic job the past few weeks, but did a really great job last week when we were working on flip turns. She continues to work on her underwater kicking and did a great job of showing examples of flip turns at practice! Keep working hard Trinity! – Coach Jeremy

Bee Cave: Jenna Hall – Jenna stepped up in a big way this week.  She has been in Bronze for a little over a month now and had a great week of improvement in her freestyle.  Her body position in the water was great, she was grabbing water and holding it better than she has ever done, and her streamlines were nice and tight.  She even led her lane for an entire practice!  Great job Jenna!  I’m super proud of you! – Coach Jared

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Morgan Hatfield & Alexander Zapian – These two rocked it at the swim meet this past weekend. Morgan really impressed us with her racing strategy and Alex got his dives down keeping his head in the correct position. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Zoie Lee – This was just Zoie’s week.   She loves breast stroke, and it really showed.  From her breast stroke pulls outs, to her kicks, pulls, glide and timing.  Great work Zoie! – Coach Linda

Silver

Cedar Park: Grace Cornwell – Grace has been doing a wonderful job during practice recently. She makes every practice available to her during the week and comes in each day as happy as can be. Grace was able to participate in B Champs this past weekend in San Antonio. Every time Grace entered the water, I was amazed. Her training is paying off. She dropped a total of 53 seconds and added on 3 new BB cuts. Grace is one of the kindest and soft spoken young ladies I have coached, however, this weekend I was able to see her perk up and be more social able with me as her coach. We discussed her races and each time she was able to give me the peak (something positive) and the pit (something to work on) in each of her races. Keep it up Grace, can’t wait to watch you race at BB Champs! Super Spirit Award: Ella Ploetz and Niamh Coles – Many of you might have seen some crazy costumes this past week on deck. Two of those crazy kids making the effort to dress up and show the MOST team spirit were Ella and Niamh. I was excited to see them come in with a different costume that related to our theme for Spirit Week 2015. My favorite costume of the girls were their Nerd Costumes. I love the team energy and Spirit. Keep it up girls. Silver #3 did an amazing job as well! – Coach Allison

Bee Cave: Autumn Forgey & Adriana Klaas – Two young ladies, who are super hard trainers in the Silver 1 group, had their first experience swimming in their first ever Championship Meet and their were quite a lot of butterflies in some tummies this weekend. The water was really warm and a bit cloudy, the pool crowded, the deck was more crowded, so loud and noisy it was hard to understand the announcer, on top of the fact that this pool has a flat wall at both the start and turn end making open turns difficult at best for experienced swimmers, but Autumn and Adriana were ready to try! Adriana showed such great heart, she was a DQ in her first race, the nerves got the best of her, after a good warm down and maybe a little underwater screaming, she fought right back with two solid races dropping time in both events, she never let up once, showing great character for a mature 8 year old! Autumn had big smiles through the whole meet, a full load of events, she dropped time in some, added a little in others, raced hard in all, but in the second to last event, her 100 breaststroke, she had a breakthrough, racing girls on both sides she came back 2 seconds faster than her first 50 and placed 9th, her first ever Championship Points! The most fantastic thing of all was through it all, the ups, the downs, the good races and not so good, they supported each other, they cheered each other, laugh, smile, or cry, they showed what Nitro Swimming is all about, Team! I am very proud of both of you, Well Done! –Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Alaya Johnson, Annabelle Chang, and Paula Warren – We had several amazing swims at B Champs, and one of the most amazing events was the 100 back.  Paula Warren, Annabelle Chang, and Alaya Johnson did fantastic as they took first, second, and third in the 100 backstroke.  They dropped 12 seconds, 13 seconds, and 4.6 seconds, respectively, which put them all in BB territory.  What is most amazing about this is that these three champions are only 9 in the 9/10 event!  Awesome job sweeping the event! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: John Marshall Singletary – Advanced Silver ended an amazing week, especially John Marshall Singletary. John began with Advance Silver a couple weeks ago, and he has shown an amazing caliber in the water.  His attitude when he comes to practice is so proactive and confident at the same time. He’s always first in the water and is always open to new challenges. Example of this, is the last 50 freestyle we had at the RACE on Saturday practice. He closed with a solid 29.98 and a big smile to top it off 🙂 outstanding job my friend. Keep marching on cause your on your way to a promising finish line. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS..SI SI SI!!! – Coach Felix

Gold

Cedar Park: Audrey Dieckert – After several months of hard work she swam to her first STAGS qualifying times this weekend in 3 events. She has come a long way in since joining the group. I hope she continues to challenge herself going forward and I have no doubt that there will be more to come. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Jennifer Bui – A long weekend with great results, Jennifer has done a fantastic job in December smoothing out her freestyle, she has been adjusting to same side breathing to create a faster rate and eliminate a little bit of wiggle in her stroke and the results came as she started off the meet at UT with a 9 second time drop in her 500 free, her first 100 was only 3 seconds off her best time, she has worked so hard on her tempo and turns I knew this would be a good swim. Throughout the weekend she added another 4 National A times, with the 100 free being one where she even split the race with the second 50 being only 1 second slower than the first 50 posting a time of 1:10, as her confidence grows this young lady will really get noticed. Great work young lady! – Coach Chuck