Nitro Swimmers of the Month for December 2016

Cedar Park


Sectional Development: Alex Warren

Let’s just start this off by mentioning how Alex closed out the month of December. Alex swam Coach Flo’s New Years Eve dropout set entirely backstroke and beat out many of his teammates swimming freestyle! That’s 30+ 100s of backstroke. Alex travelled to the COR meet at the beginning of December and swam several life time bests, setting himself up nicely for his championship meet coming up soon! Alex is a workhorse in workout and Coach Alex and I enjoy working with him everyday! Keep it up Alex. —Coach Dan


Senior: Jordan Foight

Jordan has been a rock in our group so far this season! She is incredibly vocal during workout in terms of encouraging her teammates and pushing them to work harder! This month she has spent some time working on her freestyle arms and stroke tempo and has made great strides in the water. Jordan’s teammates look up to her as a leader and she does a great job in that role. Thanks for working hard Jordan! —Coach Dan


TAGS 2: Caroline Waiwaiole

I am so proud of this young lady and the tremendous improvement that she has had this month. Not only has she continued to drop time in nearly every event she has competed in but she has also led the group with her daily attitude at practice. Short or long, main set or in warm-ups, Caroline makes it her goal to give her very best in whatever she is doing. Keep up the good work! —Coach Daniel



 —Coach Flo will send out separately.


National Development: Rae Friesz

Rae has been an exceptional leader and great teammate this season, but has taken it a step further and has applied it to helping out the younger kiddos as well. We have worked with Gold & Tags 2 the past month on a few separate occasions and have done some peer coaching on very basic, but important skills. The coaches were extremely impressed with her teaching and connection with the younger kids. Rae, continue to lead in and out of the pool! —Coach Jeremy


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HS/MS Training: Abriella Botello

Lola recently returned to Nitro after a brief break, and I am so glad she is back! She left in Bronze but came back and was evaluated into Silver. I was so excited to have her in my group! From her first practice in Silver, I knew she would fit in just fine. She struggled a bit at the beginning but never gave up and worked incredibly hard. She’s definitely shaken off the rust, and I’m looking forward to seeing her continue to improve! Awesome work, Lola! —Coach Peter


Senior: Dominic Stangl

Dominic has had an immediate impact on the Senior Group the moment he dove into the pool! This young man is interested only in learning how to swim faster, he makes stroke corrections as he trains, it only takes a few words of prompting and Dom makes another correction. It is hard to believe how fast he is developing and his eagerness to explore his limits is evident in his entry for our next Nitro Meet, 200 fly, 200 breast, 200 back, 500 free, and a 200 IM! We did taper it down a little. Dominic has only been for a very short time and I have never worked with a more focused excited young swimmer. Every time this young man steppes behind a block I can’t wait to see how he will swim the race, each time begins a new learning experience. 2017 is going to be a great year for this young man! Great job Dominic! —Coach Chuck


TAGS 2: Jenny Bui

You go girl! Ha, Jenny…you have taken your training the to next level this past month. I was able to be apart of you achieving your first ever TAGS cut, but the excitement you bring to your team mates each day. I watched you encourage your team mates this past week and be genuinely happy when you heard that they achieved their goal time or worked hard in practice. You made my heart happy this month, so big thank you for that. Thank you for your effort and hard work! —Coach Allison


TAGS 1: Lindsey Bowen

I’ve been working with Lindsey since she was in Advanced Silver and it’s a great satisfaction to witness her hard work and improvement first hand. She’s one of the five swimmers with TAGS cut on her records and the best is yet to come for this young lady. Let’s continue to be the example to the rest of the group, good habits are very contagious. New year, new beginning, here we Go! Good job Lindsey! FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!!! SI SI SI!!! —Coach Felix


National Development: Devyn Hantgin

Devyn has made an excellent commitment through December to her training and improvement.  She is always positive about the process.  Devyn had excellent attendance between balancing studies, high school swimming and Nitro!  Devyn is a Junior at Lake Travis High School, and a Breaststroke and Freestyle specialist aiming towards her first sectional cut off standards.  Keep it up Devyn!

Your future is bright! —Coach Randy


National Group: Sean Grieshop and Michael Shay

Michael had a very solid COR meet by dropping time consistently in his races.  But he felt like he had more in him.  He stayed focused and rested a few more days for the Jingle Bell Splash meet.  He showed up and crushed it by dropping even more time!  Sean has earned this nod as he became Nitro’s first National Champion as he won the 400 IM at the AT&T Winter Nationals.  Sean also showed some impressive toughness at the meet by doing the 200 Back, 200 Breast, and 200 fly all in 1 session.   Most importantly, both young men used these meets to springboard them into some impressive practices over winter training. —Coach Elliot