Nitro Swimmers of the Week for December 29th, 2014 – January 3rd, 2015

Intro to Nitro 

Cedar Park: Lindsay Morgan – Lindsay had a great week in the water! Even though there was a holiday this week, she still came to practice and worked hard! This especially showed up during our sprint kicking sets. She really listened when the coaches asked the swimmers to race all out, and gave 100% effort on every lap! We were impressed! Great job, Lindsay! – Coach Jessie

Bee Cave: Graiden Gilder – Graiden made a major break through this week with his breaststroke kick and I am so proud of him! He has been working on getting his kick legal for some time now, and this week he was able to do it!  He really set his mind to it and something clicked! He was able to maintain a legal kick through all of practice! Wow Graiden! Awesome focus this week! Keep up the hard work! – Coach Meghan


Cedar Park: Kaitlyn & Kylie Farris – Both have done an outstanding job leading the lanes and taking leadership roles within the group. I have been very impressed with their clock management skills, working on drills, and underwater breakouts.  Coach Bob also informed me this last week, that over Holiday Break, they had some impressive practices. Keep up the hard work! – Coach Jeremy

Bee Cave: Jake Rouse – Jake has been stepping up in a huge way over the past couple of weeks.  He has made huge improvements in all of his strokes and is looking better than ever.  I am especially impressed with his Breaststroke.  This is one of the toughest strokes to master at a young age, but Jake is really starting to look like a natural at it.  I am super proud of all the hard work and look forward to seeing him continue to improve.  Way to go Jake!  Keep it up Bud! – Coach Jared

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Hannah Booth & Jackson Jones – Hannah started with NITRO during our summer program and really has progressed over the year. AAt all times she has always had an incredible attitude and always upbeat. Jackson has become a lane leader, watches the different intervals, encouraging his fellow swimmers, wanting to lead the pack. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Molly Tyree – Molly really had a great practice this week.   All cylinders were “on”, and her freestyle form was especially looking great!   Keep up the great work Molly! – Coach Linda


Cedar Park: Jose Arroyo II – Jose does a great job of balancing his learning and social time at practice. I enjoy seeing swimmer becoming friends and being able to see one another during practice. Jose has done a great job of becoming friends with many of the swimmers at Nitro, all while continuing to improve his swimming. The past week of practice Jose has done exactly what we have been looking for, and does a great job of responding to my instruction. Silver recently talked about goals for the beginning of 2015, I was able to see Jose think about his swimming and develop his own goals for swimming, which I hope we can work together to accomplish! – Coach Allison

Bee Cave: Grace Stroud – Grace has really impressed me with her training, each of her 4 strokes has shown great improvement over the last few months, her turns and underwaters are as good as most of my Gold swimmers, and this was done with hard work, focus, and consistency. Every time I’ve challenged her with a new set or distance in practice she has made a breakthrough, red face, hard breathing, and a big smile when she succeeds. Her confidence is at an all time high so much so it’s time for her to move on to Advanced Silver, practicing five days a week should really take this young lady to the next level. Great job young lady and thanks for making the Silver swimmers better. – Coach Chuck

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Rylee Worley – Rylee is one of several AS athletes who attended holiday training with Gold over the past two weeks.  Not only was her attendance great, but I couldn’t be happier with how hard she worked.  It’s very impressive to see a swimmer step up to such a demanding challenge and then lead the lane!  Well done to all swimmers who attended Gold, and very special congratulations to Rylee! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Megan Kelly – With Coach Felix being out of state, I had the pleasure of stepping into the role of coaching the Advanced Silver group recently. The attitudes were phenomenal, the underwaters looking good, and the energy was contagious. I selected Megan Kelly since she had a personal breakthrough on her freestyle recently. To see the confidence in her eyes when the switch just clicked was awesome to see. You never know when the change will happen, when a stroke change hits home, but when it does – it is magical! Congratulations Megan – Keep up the great work, and stay with that new found Freestyle! Coach Mike.


Cedar Park: Mater McCusker – He is always one of the first swimmers at practice and ready to go. Constantly working hard in every set throughout practice. This week in our drop out set he made it the 2nd farthest in the group, all the way down to a 1:14interval. This was also within the top 10 between Gold and TAGS 2. Congratulations and keep up the good work. – Coach Travis

Bee Cave: Norah Cullicott – All practice I watched Norah go third in her lane, she pushed hard when asked, her strokes were long, her face was red, breathing labored, she made every sendoff, some swimmers were faster, some took fewer strokes, but when it comes to turns and push offs no one I repeat NO ONE, in the combined Gold group on Saturday had better underwaters than Norah! You don’t have to be tall, you don’t need a super fly kick, you don’t need to be under 30 seconds every 50, but focus and heart win the day, Norah excites me to coach when I see her swim, I know this young lady has a big future in this sport, walk a little taller young lady, strut your confidence, you do it better than most and you do it every day! Great Job!! – Coach Chuck