Nitro Swimmer of the Week for March 10th – 15th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Yash Mehta – Yash is dedicated to his swimming! He’s working extra hard each practice to improve. He is listening to his coaches and being enthusiastic! Awesome job, Yash! Keep up the good work! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Daniel Alpatov – Daniel has really put in some extra effort lately. He tries really hard to make sure that he is doing drills and strokes correctly and it is starting to show. He is also doing a great job with his streamline off the wall. Awesome job this week Daniel! Keep up the hard work! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Payton Molacek – Even on a “vacation week” she continues to demonstrate how to lead by example. Her attention to detail while doing her drills will allow her to progress and change her technique throughout her swimming career. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Edward Wu – Edward had a great week in the pool. He has taken huge strides this week with the improvement of his kick and flip turns. Edward has fought his way up to be a consistent group leader. Keep up the great work Edward, see you at the pool! – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Anastasia Wearing & Frank Alvarez III – Anastasia and Frank are fairly new to the Technique and Fitness group and have really shown great potential in the pool.  They are very enthusiastic when coming to practice with lots of energy and positive attitudes with the other athletes.  There is a lot of information for them to digest and they are taking it in spades.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Hillary Xu – Practice was light this week because of spring break, but that didn’t stop Hillary from showing up and giving her best effort during each set. She was eager to swim and ready to improve. Great underwater and technique this week. Great job! See you at the pool! – Coach Clayton


Cedar Park: Ryan Lee – Ryan joined the Silver group mid-season and has done an absolutely stellar job from day one.  As he’s gotten more comfortable with the workouts and more familiar with his team mates Ryan has started to stand out on an almost daily basis as a great athlete and young man.  In a short amount of time he’s been able to keep up on some of the most challenging sets we have been working on this past month and couldn’t be an easier swimmer to coach.  Keep up the great work Ryan! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Bailey Hodakievic – Bailey has really been charging, the exit test sets silver swam recently she handled with ease, and I can’t remember a practice where she wasn’t a leader of the group. Coach Adrian and I were amazed at the crisp tight long streamline push offs Bailey uses on every turn. This young lady has improved so much in the last year and being a leader every day is no easy task, she sets the pace, when she feels good or not, you will find her moving the group faster and faster! Thank you Bailey for giving me and your Nitro teammates your very best every day! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Jeffrey You – Jeffrey is relatively new to the group, but that hasn’t stopped him from stepping up and fitting into the identity of the group.  He is already our fastest underwater and above-water kicker, so it’s safe to say he’s a huge threat to his competition.  We look forward to seeing Jeffrey race in competitions this upcoming season and prove that his underwaters are dynamite.  Way to go, Jeffrey! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Sophia Shelburne, Alex Miller and Macky Syrett– I’ve had the chance to coach the Adv Silver group two Saturdays in a row and was very pleased with the progress of the group in just those two practices. In particular, Sophia Shelburne for her willingness to demonstrate in front of the group, and for Macky and Alex for making corrections immediately, and changing their strokes. Changing how one does things is not easy. I wanted Macky and Alex to know that I appreciated their effort! Coach Mike.


Cedar Park: Emily Pumphret – This week we did lots of underwater work with the lane buddies. Most swimmers will choose to come up for air as soon as they get past them, however Emily almost always would go well beyond the required distance. This is a very important skill and I hope you continue to develop it. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Jasmine Bui – Not since my first week at Nitro has a young swimmer impressed me more, a six year old name Jasmine Park was my first ever swimmer of the week, and Jasmine Bui in her first week has impressed me so much, fine-tuned strokes, races well, great feel for the water, turns, bodyline, so many great qualities, I have a feeling that GOLD may just be a brief stop on her way to faster and longer swimming. This was her first week in GOLD and we averaged almost 5000 yards a practice where she displayed great focus, maturity, and desire. Jasmine great to have you in the GOLD group can’t wait for the first long course swim meet! – Coach Chuck