Nitro Swimmer of the Week for June 2nd – 7th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Ella Anderson  Ella had a great week in the water!! She has been enthusiastically working hard on her strokes for quite some time now, and consistently attends practice each week. Her dedication is paying off as she is ready for the next challenge in her swim experience and will be moving to Bronze in the next couple of weeks! We will miss her in Intro but I’m proud of all her hard work! Great job, Ella! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Nick Musil – Nick had been doing such a great job in practice. He is always excited to get in the pool and work hard.  This week Nick worked extra hard to try and master his flip turn. I love how he never gave up and still had such a wonderful outlook at the end of practice. Keep it up Nick! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Charlee Swansegar – Despite only being back in the group for a short time she has already demonstrated her willingness and ability to be a group leader. She understands the intervals and is very precise when it comes to the drills we are doing. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Camryn Thigpen – Camryn made some nice adjustments to her butterfly this week. She has been a rising leader for quite sometime. Every time we explain an adjustment, she asks for feedback immediately. I really like her focus on the underwaters, no matter what the set is. Great job this week Camryn! – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Laken Parker & Aidan Albaugh – Laken and Aiden are fairly new to our T/F groups and are doing a really great job remembering all the new tips we are giving them.  Laken has done a great job working on her freestyle and backstroke flip turns.  Aiden has some incredible breaststroke pullouts and backstroke underwater streamlines.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Akshara Kolli – Once again, It was a challenge to select just one swimmer of the week for TF.   This week Akshara Kolli is the TF Swimmer of the week.   She is mastering her flip turns and great tight streamlines after the flip.   She’s always enthusiastic and she should be proud of her great progress!   Keep up the great work! – Coach Linda


Cedar Park: Melissa Emata – Melissa has only been with Silver for a few months now but has already distinguished herself as a hard worker.  Regardless of the stroke, drill or set she comes in every day ready to swim fast without needing to be kicked in the rear by her coaches!  She’s already distinguished herself as a lane leader and has done a tremendous job in establishing a pace for the rest of her lane when the going gets tough.  Keep up the great work Melissa! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Angelica Nobles – Mia has made that turn in training you look for as a coach, first we learn the strokes, then we teach the swimmer how to race, the competitive edge usually starts challenging the swimmer during practice, race the person next to you, and Mia does this so well! Now she has added focus towards her strokes, she and I have talked, it’s not enough just to be first, the mechanics are just as important, and the one element that will take her to the next level. Now I see the streamlines I knew she had inside, the strokes are getting longer and she is really starting to move through the water with power. Great work Mia! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Elinor Krits – Elinor represented Nitro at the dual meet this last weekend.  Not only did she do very well, but she stepped up and raced in both events she’s had experience with as well as new and challenging events to knock out some No Times.  We’re very impressed with Elinor’s no-fear attitude and were very happy to see her complete her first LCM 400 IM.  Way to go, El! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Lindsey Bowen – Lindsey shows up with a since of determination that is obvious to everybody around her.  She focuses on her strokes during the drills sets. Engages her strength and general toughness with challenge and limit sets. In so doing, Lindsey interacts with her practice to achieve her goals and the goals set out by the coaches.   It is this type of training that will propel a swimmer forward in the sport.  Keep up the great work Lindsey! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Molly Sparrow – She has been working hard in practice to improve her strokes. Combine this with her work ethic and you have a recipe for success. This weekend at our Duel meet with First Colony she broke through a barrier and achieved her first 11-12 A cut in the 200 Breast. Congratulations and keep up the great work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Bella Sites – Bella is a swimmer who is finding her legs in this sport, pardon the pun, yes she has a great kick, but she is beginning to understand when she has more to give, after a 400 freestyle, in which her last 50 had a 3 second drop in time from the previous 50, she remarked I had way to much left! This is a hugh breakthrough! A swimmer who is self aware, one who can identify the next level, and Bella knew it. Coaches wait so long to here those words from their swimmers. She and I already talked on how she can go searching for ways to push harder sooner in the race, while it all revolves around training sets and the things she can do to make each set her own. Keep your eyes on this young lady the next month is going to be very special, I am very excited, great job Bella! – Coach Chuck

Last week when the Swimmers of the Week and Swimmers of the Month were published, we inadvertently forgot the Cedar Park Senior Group Swimmer of the Month, and had pasted the Bee Cave swimmer for both the Bee Cave and Cedar Park groups. Coach Jeremy, Senior Group Coach at Cedar Park, had since sent me the following note:

Brooke Newby would be my vote. Brooke has done a fantastic job this past month. She is always coming to practice with a smile and great attitude. She is continuously leading by example and steps up to tough challenges. She has been eager to learn and willing to make changes in some of her least favorite strokes! Way to go Brooke! -Coach Jeremy


Thanks for being a part of Nitro, and I’ll see you at the pool! Coach Mike.