Nitro Swimmer of the Week for March 16th – 21st, 2015

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Mary Ligarde – Mary is swimmer of the week not only because she’s a dedicated swimmer, but also most improved! She is very consistent about attending practices and tries each new skill with determination & perseverance. As a result, her strokes are getting better & better every week! Great job, Mary!! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Bo & Lee Wang – Bo and Lee come to our Friday intro practice. I love how happy they are to be at practice after a long week. They always come in and put forth 100 percent. This week they did a really great job with their work on diving. Even if things were getting a bit intimidating they kept trying and it really paid off! Great job this week Bo and Lee! Keep working hard and staying positive! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Aaron Phan – Aaron has done a great job of leading lanes and pay close attention to his push-offs and holding tight streamline. I was very impressed with the progress in his breaststroke pull-out this week and continued progression in his diving! Keep it up!! – Coach Jeremy

Bee Cave: Caitlyn VanderMeer – Caitlyn really stepped up her butterfly this week. She put a ton of effort forth and really improved significantly. She was really moving through the water well and keeping her stroke intact throughout the entire time. By the end of practice she was leading her lane and setting a good example for the rest of her teammates. Great job Caitlyn, I’m very proud of you. – Coach Jared

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: May Royal & Landon Baldwin – May is CONSISTENTLY the swimmer who leads the lane, volunteers to demonstrate for the group, has incredible underwater streamlines and of course…ALWAYS has a smile on her face. Great positive attitude May!! Landon has been with NITRO for awhile but never seems to not entertain and encourage his teammates. Nice job this past week on your progress on your technique on all of your strokes. We can see a difference as the practices go by. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Stephen

Bee Cave: Andrew Gunawan – Andrew is the only boy out of the entire TF groups this week that step up and take the challenge of swimming a straight 200 yard freestyle. He did this after we swam a pretty hard set of workout that total up to 1600 yards. Coach Ian and I are proud of you and very impress with your determination and drive as there are only 9 that completed a 200 yards for the first time. Good job Andrew! – Coach Tanner


Cedar Park: Ella Ploetz – We have had many swimmers join Silver group in the past week or so. Like any human being, when we begin something new there are feelings of anxiousness or nervousness. Well, not when Ella Ploetz is around! Ella has got to be one of the most loving and caring kiddos we have a Nitro. I asked her to make sure she was talking to the newer swimmers and making them feel welcome, and she did just that. Thank you Ella, for not only being a great team mate, but for making everyone’s day a little bit better every time you smile! – Coach Allison

Bee Cave: Ben Adams – One of the things we try to teach the young swimmers to have patience with the stroke, don’t force the stroke, work on length, head position, let the stroke do the work for you, Ben has done a fine job of that this week, his fly is improving every day, he is more relaxed, that alone is lowering his stroke count and improving his timing on his breathing. It’s hard to find the finesse of the stroke swimmers think everything has to move fast to be fast when long and powerful is better, Ben is becoming a believer and his coaches like the change, so when you walk by a Silver workout you may see Ben demonstrating for the group, great job young man! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Nathan Early – Nathan Early is this week’s SOW! While some swimmers go on vacation or take time off from swimming for Spring Break, others like Nathan are ready to get things done in the pool. Nathan has stepped up from being led to being a leader himself, calling out intervals before sendoffs and leading by example. There’s a lot more to being a champion than just speed, and this swimmer certainly demonstrates those qualities. Way to go, Nathan! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Truman Armstrong – Truman has shown a very proactive attitude and his desire to be better grows more every day. He has used all the advice he’s been given and has been putting in the work to improve, and we see the difference. I loved seeing you take the lead of your lane on Saturday’s practice 🙂 continue to focus and keep doing the work. You are well on your way to great success. Keep it up Truman! FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS..SÍSÍSÍ!!! – Coach Felix


Cedar Park: Yeraldin Ruiz – Throughout butterfly week she has done an exceptional job of executing all of the drills. She has been a consistent leader during every practice. I can rely on her to always know what we are doing and why we are doing that way. Keep up the great work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Norah Cullicott – With the majority of the group on spring break spending time away from the pool, Norah took advantage this week to really hammer out some key elements to her training. Her focus on underwaters made a huge difference in her swimming this week. Norah had a big break through on one of our distance freestyle sets, way to go Norah. – Coach Adrian