Nitro Swimmer of the Week for March 31st – April 5th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Samuel Leery – Samuel had a great week in the water! We were working on Freestyle this week – improving techniques such as streamlines, breathing, arm strokes & kicking. Samuel listened to his coaches, and you could see him working hard to apply the skills he was learning every lap. As a result, we saw awesome improvement in his freestyle just this week! So fantastic! We’re proud of you, Samuel! Keep up the good work! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Casey Wui – Casey has really been stepping it up lately. He always works hard in practice and does a great job leading and being an example. Even when he doesn’t want to be put in the spotlight he comes through, works hard and helps his teammates. Great job Casey! Keep up the hard work! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Keshav Dharshan & Andre De Arruda Queiroz – This week we had some new swimmers in the group and some of them were a little apprehensive about the practices. These two boys were great leaders by not only helping the new swimmers understand the practice but more impressive was their encouragement of these new swimmers throughout the practice. Keep up the good work and keep being leaders. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Molly Tyree – Molly has really stepped up her training this week. She handled the progressive IM work outs like a champion! Her constant work on her under waters has the attention of the coaches. Molly always arrives to practice with her game face on. Keep up the great work! – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Kate Ren & Rahul Muthuswamy – Kate and Rahul come to practice every week with enthusiasm and incredible energy.  This past week was no exception.  They were leading their lanes, watching the clocks, encouraging the other swimmers and improving their overall technique.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Ian Grier – Ian is a great swimmer in his TF group. Always shows up ready to swim and improve his strokes. This past week he worked extremely hard improving his butterfly and really worked on his underwaters. Way to go Ian! Keep up the good work! – Coach Clayton


Cedar Park: Lycia Poh & Nathaniel Early – This week is always allot of fun for the coaches, getting a new batch of swimmers in and seeing how everyone adapts to the new setting and challenges.  While we we’re very impressed with all the new Silver swimmers Lycia and Nathan stood out as not only exceptionally well prepared by Coach Travis, but also very eager and enthusiastic to rise to the new challenges presented to them in Silver.  For most of the week both swimmers did an exceptional job in leading their lanes, reading the clocks and maintaining great technique.  And last but not least, but did it with a smile on their face for the entirety of each hour they got in the water.  It’s been a fun week and we’re looking forward to seeing even more this season. – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Frank Wei – Frank has not been in the Silver Group for very long but is already making his presence known, a good kicker, great underwaters, tight streamlines, and the desire to get faster by working hard on both his technique and endurance. Some swimmers who move from a different group can sometimes be overwhelmed by the length and intensity of a new workouts, but not Frank, he dove right in, literally, no stopping him, freestyle, stroke or IM, he is focused, engaged, and ready to learn as much as he can. Fantastic start with a new group Frank! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Nikhil Lyles – Nikhil is a fantastic swimmers to have at practice.  He actively seeks skills to work on at practice and is becoming more and more self-motivated.  Even when his coaches are encouraging one specific skill, Nikhil will put extra effort into other skills to complement the main goal.  Nikhil has also shown fantastic sportsmanship by helping new swimmers learn the patterns and lexicon of the Advanced Silver group.  It is fantastic to see young athletes take on important social roles and Nikhil is a great example of athletes becoming young leaders.  Way to go, Nik! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Eleanor Griffiths – Eleanor had a great week.  She was engaged with her swimming, with her teammates and with her coach.  She made certain everybody knew the names of everybody in the lane and collaborated with her coach both before and after practice about what she did well and what she could be doing better.  She demonstrated all the qualities of a swimmer with a desire and aptitude for improvement.  I was very proud of her this week.  Keep up the great work Eleanor! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Brandon Le – Over the past several weeks he has demonstrated great leardership in practice. He is always consistent with the goals of the sets as well as the execution of those sets. I hope he continues to lead by example. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: William Wallace – We talk about how important kicking is in the development of the young swimmer, it’s what makes the difference between the average swimmer and the great swimmer, and this week William put on a show of how good his kick really is, 100s with fins, 50s on a kick board, it made no difference, he jumped into a Gold workout, swimmers two and three years older, and with the biggest smile on his face, worked his way through the group during a 2000 yard kick set, the further into the set the harder he pressed, he finished the set in front of the whole group. You know the future of Nitro Swimming lies in these young swimmers and with the eagerness and drive of swimmers like William we have only begun to see the full potential. Great work William. – Coach Chuck