Intro to Nitro
Cedar Park:Ganesh Sadasivan– Ganesh comes to practice ready to get things done! Eager to learn and accomplish each challenge he is a great student to have in the group. Happy to see others succeed in the group Ganesh thrives on the intensity and excitement of the group. Keep up the great work Ganesh, you are doing a fantastic job!
Bee Cave:Austin Chatterton– Austin has always been a fun kid to have around with his smiling face and great attitude. I don’t know what it is, but all of a sudden now he has a focus that surpasses everyone else. Something must have clicked because in the last few weeks he has amazed us all with his new found technique, endurance, and listening skills. He is now my number one demonstrator. I knew he had been listening all those months before, he is just now decided to show us what he can do. Keep up the great work sweetie!
Cedar Park: Bronze #3– Bronze #3 has done a great job listening to the Coaches and improving on their underwater push-offs. Collectively as a group they are enjoying swimming and getting better.
Bee Cave:Luke Pickard– Luke has become a totally new swimmer– and kid. He is motivated, excited and pushes his teammates. I’m very proud of him for all the hard work he has put in, it has definitely showed in the pool and in his presence on deck. The best change I have noticed in Luke is how confident he has become, keeping his head high knowing that he gave his best effort every practice.
Technique and Fitness
Cedar Park:Alisha Khatwani & Aaryan Sharma – Alisha recently added a day to her swimming and her endurance is building up. We can definitely see overall improvement in her technique and fitness. Aaryan is a great addition to the NITRO family. He shows up with enthusiasm. You can tell he wants to be in the water. Asking questions and willing to volunteer to demonstrate. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool.
Bee Cave: Lauren Monti– Lauren always arrive to practice with a smile on her face. Her dedication to all the small things (stream lines, white water kick, long arms, head steady, etc) has her strokes improving day by day. Keep up the great work Lauren!
Cedar Park:Quin Collins– Quin has always been a hard working athlete. This past week he has lead his lane more than any other week and some of the sets he lead were of his weakness, kicking. Being able to lead a lane and push yourself even when the set is something you know you are not strong in can only be done by someone who is courageous and competitive which is Quin in a nut shell. Good job Quinn, never fear pushing your limits.
Bee Cave:Arianna Lax– Arianna has really stepped up her training, this week becoming a lane leader, but what I’m most impressed with is her turns and the intensity she has with her underwater streamlines combined with her naturally long strokes and you have a coach’s dream. Great job Arianna!
Cedar Park:Mason Flood & Adam Micek– Earlier in the week we were doing a set that required the swimmers to go 25 yards underwater (with fins). Mason wasn’t sure he could make it the whole way, but after making the first one, he was unstoppable! After the set was over, he announced that was the first time he had ever been able to do that. It’s awesome to see a swimmer accomplish something they have never been able to do before. Great job Mason!!! Kudos to you! Much like Mason, Adam has struggled to make a 25 underwater with fins. However, this week he was able to make not just one but two 25’s underwater! Great job Adam-it was a huge breakthrough and we are all so proud of you!
Bee Cave:Ashley Mayer– Ashley has been a wonderful addition to the Adv. Silver group, becoming a real leader in a short time. She listens well and works to achieve the goals of every practice. This week we took advantage of the end of the season to step back from conditioning a bit and put a little more emphasis on our technique. In many ways this can be a more challenging goal than simply “working hard” as it requires concentration more than muscle. Ashley brings both to the table but knows when the apply her mind to the task. Keep up the great work Ashely!
Cedar Park: Move to Seniors– There are several swimmers who have moved to the Senior group, these swimmers will be missed because they were great example to the entire group. Their leadership will serve them well in their new group as well as their hard work. They are: Zach Matula, Anne Feng, Grey Player, Ben Lubinin, David Heckman, Emilie Parks, Sarah Cano, and Helen Xu. Well done!
Bee Cave:Kaitlyn Rouse– Kaitlyn has become the go to girl when you are looking for someone to demonstrate freestyle with great rotation, high elbow recovery, solid fast kicking, with no additional excessive movement. Her efforts to reduce her stroke counts and the hard leg work done every practice make me excited to see her swim Long Course!