Nitro Swimmer of the Week for May 12th – 17th, 2014

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Kyan Allen – Kyan really stood out as one of our most improved swimmers this week! He has been coming to practices consistently, and really listening & applying his coaches instruction in the water. We worked on breast stroke & backstroke this week and his strokes are looking fantastic. Great job, Kyan! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Lauren Stroud – Lauren did an excellent job this week! She had been having some trouble getting her breaststroke kick down, but this week she put her mind to it and really focused! Her concentration and hard work paid off, by the end of practice her breaststroke kick looked great and she had the hang of it. Great job this week Lauren! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Blakely Calderone – She continues to be a very strong leader in practice. She always knows the intervals and performs the drills as if she was demonstrating them every time. Keep being a leader and working hard. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Natalie Melhiser – Natalie really took over this week with our backstroke emphasis. She really zoned in and worked her under waters. Natalie really separated herself from the group this week. Her constant attention to detail has her zooming through the water. Great work Natalie! We are very proud of you. – Coach Adrian

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Anam Mohammed & Eric Chen – These two athletes did a great job this past week especially with their underwaters.  They have great attitudes and are always full of positive energy.  They take direction really well and implement the tips we give them to be a better athlete.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Christopher Tinker – Christopher had an outstanding week.  Not only are his flip turns looking good, his streamlines are really getting there as well.   His underwater push offs on his back are really taking him way past the flags now.  Christopher always come to practice with a great work ethic and diligently works to constantly improve.  Keep up the great work! – Coach Linda


Cedar Park:Kyleigh Fant – When a swimmer starts to go from thinking of practice as just being in the water, to seeing practice as a chance to get better and excel every single day it’s a beautiful thing to behold.  Kyleigh has really turned it on this month and has an obvious determination in everything we’ve been working on.  When a swimmer makes this change great things happen, keep it up Kyleigh! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Shreya Ramanathan – What can you say when Shreya swims three events and drops just over 40 seconds, the 100 freestyle was superior, great kick for the entire race, the breathing was smooth and quick, charging through to the finish and drops 22 seconds! The backstroke arm speed was great, head position was perfect, and the result is a 7 second time drop. When the day was winding down Shreya’s confidence was high and it showed with a 10 second time drop in the 50 free! This young lady really put on a show as to what can be accomplished when you train hard and do the work. Fantastic job Shreya! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Elizabeth Stephen – When an individual decides he or she wants to be a successful athlete, it’s almost never a binary DO OR DON’T situation.  It’s something that takes several steps of increased desire and intensity that determines whether or not they’re successful.  Elizabeth is one of those individuals who decided this season that she wants to reach for more, work harder, and become the best swimmer she could be.  It started with Liz deciding she didn’t want to be in the back of the lane every day and grew with each and every practice.  Coach Steve and I noticed her working harder in perfecting drills and not “being nice” and letting others go in front of her.  Now Liz swims harder, faster, and smarter than she ever has before, and we’re excited to see her stay on this path.  Liz is on track to crank it up to 11.  Keep it up, Liz! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Trinh Nguyen – Trinh has been with the Adv. Silver group for a couple of months now and, I must say, I’ve been very impressed.  She listens well, demonstrates complete effort and challenges herself in practice at every opportunity.  She recognizes when the set is about tempo and when it is about deliberate stroke mechanics.  Her work ethic, focus and energy form a powerful combination that will server her well in swimming and in life.  Keep up the great work Trinh! – Coach Jeff