Nitro Swimmer of the Week for May 25th – 30th, 2015

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Viara Doichev – Viara is one of Intro’s most enthusiastic swimmers! She comes to every practice with a smile on her face! When presented with a challenging new skill, Viara is always willing to try her best with a great attitude. Good job, Viara! –Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Ansel Wong – Ansel did a great job on backstroke this week showing that hard work pays off. Great job Ansel! – Coach Sam


Cedar Park: Anya Yaksh – Anya made big changes in her butterfly this week, but what was even more impressive was her attitude and willingness to help her teammates when we worked on our butterfly on land. She was very supportive and helped her teammates with performing the drills on land correctly. Way to go Anya!! –Coach Jeremy

Bee Cave: Mollie Jones – Mollie had a breakthrough week in her diving.  She had been nervous about going off the blocks and getting into the water head first.  But she was determined to overcome it, so she came into practice early and asked if we could work on diving beforehand.  Within a short time, she was exploding off the blocks better than ever and now wants to be diving as much as she can.  I am super proud of this young ladies determination.  Way to go Mollie! Great Job! – Coach Jared

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Alice Huang & Frankie Alvarez – Alice has consistently been a pro getting to practice, listening to the coaches and implementing our instructions, basically she is ON IT! Always ready to show us her awesome proper push offs and ability to access information quickly and get the job done. Frankie has a sense of possibility every time he come to the pool. A sense of humor that’s unmatched and a drive to meet his goals and succeed. Amazing underwater work this past week. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Ella Chepak – Ella really focused this week to get her stroke technique down. I am proud of her for her hard work and for doing her best. – Coach Tanner


Cedar Park: Aidan Albaugh – Aidan has recently come back to the pool from two broken arms, you read that correct, TWO-at the same time. One of the best things you can see in any athlete is resilience, and that is what Aidan has. HE was itching to get back into the water and would often come just to watch practice while he was out. He was even able to get into the water with both broken arms and swam some of practice. Aidan has the amazing ability to bounce back, and I am happy that Aidan has fought through and is able to be back in the water with us, working harder than ever. Bravo, Aidan! – Coach Allison

Bee Cave: Jonathan Zhao – What can I say about Jonathan, in just a few short weeks he has become the swimmer to watch at Silver workouts, long strokes, turns that are getting better every day, kick sets that you look for when you need an example to show the group “this is what it takes!” and Jon has become the leader of all the Silver groups at Bee Cave! Watching him swim 100s freestyle under 1:20several times added to his already strong IMs tells me it’s time for Advanced Silver, Great Job young man! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Maddie Davis – Maddie’s improvement during her time in Advanced Silver has been fantastic.  She has a go-getter attitude and it always willing to step up on challenge sets.  I have been particularly impressed with her improvement on kicking – she’s now one of the fastest freestyle kickers in the group.  Keep training hard, Mad Dog! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Frank Wei – Frank is one of those swimmers that has the talent to be better every single day. A more mature athlete, getting stronger on each of the strokes, especially on the Breaststroke. He ended the week with a solid kick/underwater set in which he demonstrated the definition of hard work. Frank Wei, Swimmer of the week! Keep it up kid…FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!! SISISI!!! – Coach Felix


Cedar Park: Melissa Emata – She has been working very hard in practice to challenge herself on a daily basis. She got to see some of the results of this hard work this weekend. She swam very well in all of her events but during her 400 Free she managed to drop 30 secs off her previous time. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Logan Walker – As great as an ending to short course season, Logan has not taken his foot off the pedal in long course season. He has played out a game plan for the season and has committed to reaching his goals. Some of his weaknesses in short course have now become part of his weapon arsenal this season. Its not easy to commit to improving your kick day in and day out, Logan has really improved his kicking throughout the season. It was very evident this weekend at our Nitro Distance Meet. At this meet our 10&Unders were given a rare opportunity to swim in longer events that are not offered at their regular meets. Such events included 200’s stroke, 400 FR, 800 FR, 1500 FR and 400 IM. Logan accepted the challenge to try out the 800 FR this weekend. He saw the 800 FR South Texas record was in his reach. We established a game plan for the race, he followed it with precision. Logan came out of the gates with intent to take down that record. He not only broke the record, but demolished it. Logan swam his way in the 800 FR in a blistering time of 10:34.98, beating the existing record time of 12:45.87 by an astonishing 2:10.89! Logan won’t be allowed to compete in this event at TAGS until he is 13, not a bad start. Congratulations Logan! – Coach Adrian