Nitro Swimmer of the Week for October 21 – 26, 2013

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park:Sarah Chu– Sarah is a positive and upbeat individual who is always ready to swim any stroke. This week, Intro has been working on IM turns. After finishing our 6×50 IM transition set, Sarah exclaimed, “I’m not very tired!” Her IM strokes and turns looked fantastic, and it was clear that she challenged herself to work hard the whole practice while leading her lane. I’m so proud of you Sarah! Wonderful job! – Coach Kirsten

Bee Cave:Vedanth Ramanathan– It is amazing to see such a great attitude and leadership from a 7 year old. Vindanth is always motivating his teammates and will give 100% at every practice, even its a stroke he does not like. We had a couple of new swimmers this past week and Vedanth said “good job today” to the swimmers. He made them feel very welcomed and that shows great leadership skills. Keep up the great work Vedanth – Coach Nikki


Cedar Park:Isabella Willis & Ellen Nguyen– Both have done a fantastic job during Bronze group practices. Both have excelled in their clock reading skills, easily comprehending newer and more difficult intervals. They have led their lanes and been great leaders all week. Keep up the great work ladies! – Coach Kristyn

Bee Cave: Patton Taylor– Patton attended her first meet with Nitro this weekend and she did a fantastic job of trying to manage herself, pay attention to when she should be racing and keeping a positive attitude. There was a lot going on with two pools running simultaneously and little to no help from parents in the stands. Great effort Patton and I can’t wait to see you compete again soon. – Coach Hannah

Technique and Fitness

Cedar Park:Rocia Del Toro & Norman Swanson – Both Rocia and Norman have made great strides in their technique in the pool.  They have been leading their lanes, watching the clocks for their interval work and bringing great energy to their groups.  Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you  at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Paulina Ruiz de Velasco– Paulina has been working very hard these past couple of weeks. She makes immediate adjustments when she is advised. Paulina always listens and never speaks out of turn. Paulina’s improvement has the coaches noticing all of her hard work. Keep up the great work Paulina! Coach Brian and I are very proud of you. – Coach Adrian


Cedar Park:Mohit Lele– Mohit has shown tremendous focus in improving his technique and work ethic this week.  At any age habits aren’t easy to break.  While the coaches have worked with Mohit to improve his flutter kicking it’s been a hit-or-miss situation day to day.  Not this week.  This week Mohit put forth a tremendous effort both physically and mentally in consistently keeping those toes pointed at a consistent fast pace.  Keep up the great work Mohit and great work in improving this habit! – Coach Dakota

Bee Cave: Daniella Alonso– When a new season begins you are curious to see which swimmers that come back to their same group have changed in some way? Will they be more dedicated, more focused, who will become a new standout that today will spark the group? Daniella has positioned herself as one of those swimmers in the Silver Group, always has a smile, loves the practice, pushes as hard as anyone in the group, and when asked to race it hard her kick is the first thing you will see that makes her a standout, she may not be the biggest, or the strongest, some are faster, some have a better stroke, but I would challenge you to find someone who has more heart? Daniella great job!! – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park:Delaney Harris – Delaney has worked hard on improving her technique.  She continually tries to apply information given to her by the coaches. She always has a great attitude about getting better and takes feedback with a smile and willingness to improve.  Along with her improved technique, I have seen more confidence from Delaney. Allowing her to become one of the leaders of our Advanced Silver group. – Coach Scott

Bee Cave: Markus Egger– Markus has found his stride at Nitro.  He works hard to both improve his strokes as well as increase his conditioning.  He demonstrates his desire to achieve through his actions and encourages his teammate to push themselves.  As a young adult, it is often difficult to see the value of encouragement, energy and excitement through the miasma of sarcasm, lethargy and disinterest that seems to plague those between the ages of 11 and 15.  When one of my swimmers can engage his or her teammates in a positive way it merits both reinforcement and adulation.  Markus, keep up the great work! – Coach Jeff


Cedar Park: Benn Offereins– Ben has continued to be dominant role model in our Gold group, we look forward to him attending practice on a daily basis and watching him work extremely hard to become better. We are looking forward to his next few meets. – Coach Flo & Travis

Bee Cave: Lindsay Kayser– She swam a bunch of new events to her. Had a smile on her face the whole meet, even before/after the 500 free. You can tell she genuinely loves swimming….it’s not about the ribbons/medals or the high point award (4th) she won. Congratulations Lindsay and don’t stop smiling! – Coach Hannah