Nitro Swimmer of the Week for November 11 – 16, 2013

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park:Asiya Maredia– This week Asiya showed what being an encouraging teammate truly means. This week we have been working on diving. During practice, a teammate of hers was a little apprehensive and scared of swimming in the deep end. Asiya went up to the teammate and said, “If you feel scared of swimming in the deep water, you can always hold on to the lane rope. When I get scared, I just think of the pool as a big bowl of melted ice cream!” This quickly put a smile to the teammate’s face, and the teammate was able to swim after that. Asiya has also been improving immensely in all of the strokes and did a great job diving this week. Keep up the great work, Asiya!! – Coach Kirsten

Bee Cave:Mollie Jones– I want to first start out the whole INTRO group did amazing job at the meet. Mollie is one of our youngest in Intro and has been improving every day. This week we really focused on reviewing for the meet and we started off with kicking and learning intervals on Mon. /Tues.  Mollie just kept on kicking and making the intervals and looking at the clock when she needed to go. She did an amazing job and Coach Megan and I were very impressed with her. Keep up the great work Mollie. – Coach Nikki


Cedar Park: Lycia Poh– This week we did our kicking test set again. While all of the kids did an amazing job on the set, Lycia was able to make an interval of 50 seconds, setting a new group record for the set in the process. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Mia Nobles– Mia has done a great job trying to better herself in practice and trying her best to listen to her coaches’ instruction every day. She loves leading the group at every practice and a very competitive swimmer. She started out rough this week but knowing her mistake and fixed it by the end of the week. I’m very proud of her. – Coach Tanner

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park:Katherine Flathmann & Parker Molacek – Both Katherine and Parker have demonstrated great leadership skills.  Paying attention, listening to the instructions, leading their lanes, working on their technique for better fitness.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we will see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Thomas Young– Thomas had an incredible week. Week in and week out Thomas gives it his all on every single set. When he walks onto the pool deck the coaches know he means business. He capped off his great week with a fantastic performance at Nitro Day at the Races. Great work Thomas! – Coach Adrian


Cedar Park:Dhruv Pant & Ava Robison– Dhruv is one of our youngest swimmers in Silver.  While he went through some struggles early in the season to this point he is one of the most improved swimmers throughout all the Silver groups.  Keep up the great work Dhruv! Ava has been absolutely on fire in practice over the past few weeks as well.  She’s done a much better job of paying attention to her stroke technique, maintaining good habits throughout a practice.  But most of all the is absolutely loving to swim fast.  While at one time it was great for the coaches to see Ava swimming up to her potential every now and again, it’s starting to become a daily thing and that is absolutely wonderful to see.  Keep it up Ava! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave:Viviana Woiniewitz– The great thing about coaching is when you see a swimmer step out of the crowd and start to make a statement, Viviana asked what do I need to do to get to the next group, it was as simple as that, she has the desire, she has the tools, and now she is pushing hard at every practice, when the drive to succeed engages some amazing results can be achieved. Viviana looks great in the pool, sharp, focused, and determined, what a great week, keep it going young lady!! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Mater Mccusker– Mater has continued to improve upon his technique.   He has also improved his times in all of his events. On Halloween, he was the only swimmer who showed for the evening group.  When offered an opportunity to swim with another group and play games, he asked to swim the 500 free for time, first. Mater also swam the 200 fly for the first time at the November UT meet. Great job Mater. – Coach Scott

Bee Cave: Elise Tisdel– Elise gives her best effort every time she is at practice.  Her strokes have been improving and her endurance has grown.  But what really sets Elise apart is her awareness.  She always knows what she is doing in a set and leads through example.  This type of focus allows for weeks like this one where she had great practice after great practice. She made a fundamental shift in her butterfly by engaging her back kick and really flying over the water with every breath.  Keep up the great work Elise! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: TEST SET Swimmers– All of the swimmers did a great job with our Test Set this weekend, many swimmers dropped several seconds of their previous Test Set. We can see the improvement across the board and we will be able to drop the intervals accordingly. – Coach FLO

Bee Cave:Jonathan Eastin– This week Jonathan came back, fought off a cold, jumped in the pool and really began pressing his training like I knew he could, when at the end of a long night of training you can come within 5 seconds of your best time in a 200 IM you know the swimmer is in the zone! He is chasing faster swimmers, swimmers who are 2 and 3 years older, stronger, but he holds on to them, he races with them, and he smiles while he does it! I can’t wait to watch his first TAGS swim! – Coach Chuck