Nitro Swimmer of the Week for March 17th – 22nd, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Hannah Booth  I am so proud of Hannah this week! She had an excellent attitude!! Despite not being able to wear her goggles during practice this week she was optimistic & completed the entire workout without complaining, demonstrating a great athletic mindset! Great job, Hannah! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Cynthia Cui – Cynthia worked really hard this week. She did a really good job making sure that she listened to her coaches and put their advice into action. Her positive attitude and hard work are really paying off. Keep it up Cynthia! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Chloe Wilkins – She has consistently demonstrated her ability to be a good leader by always knowing the intervals and sets. Furthermore she is one of the few swimmers that always knows what number we are on within the set, not to mention her attention to detail of what is being asked of her on the drills. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Garrett Herb – Garrett is a rising leader in the bronze group that has really stepped it up lately. This week Garrett displayed his commitment to the under waters on our longer swims at the tail end of the week. Garrett has made some great adjustments to his stroke mechanics. Keep up the great work Garrett! – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Leila Cabral & Sanjay Amirthraj – Leila and Sanjay have really been impressive in the pool this past week.  Great job kicking on their sides for freestyle.  Really good head and arm position as well.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Quentin Reeb – Quentin comes to practice every day with a can do attitude. After corrections are made he works really hard to fix his strokes and always asks for more feedback. You can tell he is determined to get better! This is always great to see from the swimmers – the willingness to accept help and act on it. Great job! Keep up the good work!! – Coach Clay


Cedar Park: Jana Erni – Jana has always been a fun swimmer to have around, both for her team mates and coaches.  The past few weeks though she’s shown tremendous determination on both physically and mentally challenging sets.  Great work Jana! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Jayna Syrett – This week Jayna has taken a big step forward, the patience she has shown with her butterfly and breaststroke is the mark of a mature swimmer, so often I see the young swimmer try to muscle the stroke, Jayna is developing a great feel for the timing of the stroke, she has focused on how to go faster by letting the stroke work for her. Watching her swim the IM is a joy all four strokes long and clean with quick turns showing the right amount of legs. I can’t wait to see her first 200 IM in the long course pool. Great work young lady. – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Makenzie Knapp – Makenzie has impressed her coaches by accomplishing advanced workouts that included 400 IM and 500 freestyle sets.  While she may have been a bit apprehensive prior to swimming these sets, Makenzie found that she was able to work hard and complete very difficult practices.  We are very proud of Makenzie and are happy that she can keep her chin high after tackling such competitive sets.  Way to go, Makenzie! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Sean Kelly & Sophia Shelburne – Whenever we have a large group move, it is always interesting to see the response of those swimmers who remain. It is easy to be discouraged by seeing so many others move into a new group when you yourself stay behind.  The group dynamic changes and many friends are no longer there.  I know, I’ve been there.  In these circumstances, swimmers are provided an opportunity to make a choice about how they are going to react.   Sean and Sophia have both responded in the best way possible.  They haven’t let the other swimmers’ absence get them down.  In fact, from their performance this week, I’d say that they have used the opportunity to focus and enrich their swimming as well as the efforts of those around them.  As adults, it is not always clear how we affect the people around us.  As children, we rarely understand how our actions are perceived.  What I saw this week were two people who helped to create a positive environment for their fellow swimmers and I expect this to be just the beginning. Keep up the great work you two! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Karsten Olsen – This week we had some very challenging kick sets. While there lots of great performances during these sets, Karsten rose to the challenge and out performed his own expectations. I hope you continue to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Madeline Riley – Maddy has a great internal pace clock, when working on how to train a set she is the go to swimmer, when you need to even split a race she can show you how, she is a great example of consistent training and focus to make a better faster stroke. I cannot think of Gold swimmer who has developed faster by just doing the work as well as Madeline. When the group was asked who is the best off the wall by coach Mike the whole group pointed to Maddy, every day she swims she make the group and everyone around her better. Keep up the great work Madeline. – Coach Chuck


Thanks for being a part of Nitro! See you at the pool. Coach Mike.