Nitro Swimmers of the Week for February 13–19, 2017

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Anita Ravvarapu

Anita has not been swimming with Intro for very long but has made a big impression on her coaches. She is always listening and trying to learn everything she can about swimming. No matter what she always makes sure she is doing everything as best as she can. This week Intro worked on Freestyle. Anita demonstrated some really great and quick side breathing. Keep up the great work Anita!—Coach Hannah

Bee Cave: Thandi Dusing

Thandi rocked butterfly this past week! She really focused on the rhythm of butterfly demonstrating for her teammates—kick reach, kick breathe—keeping a low head position and legs together. Only six-years-old, she is a powerful swimmer. I can always count on Thandi to do exceptional underwaters. I appreciate her attentiveness during instructions and attention to details. Thank you for all your hard work Miss Thandi! Keep it up! —Coach Raven



Cedar Park: Jake Bailey

Jake has really stood out the last few week. He may not be the biggest in the group, but he sure knows how to get moving in the pool. This past week, Jake really impressed me with his great underwater streamlines, leading him into some powerful dolphin kicks. Jake’s freestyle is also something to admire, his stroke looking smooth and fast. Way to go Jake! —Coach Adam

Bee Cave: Hannah Fellers

Just a great week for Hannah, her kick is developing nicely and the benefits are longer underwaters with a drop in her stroke counts. What also impresses me is that she is learning the whys and hows of swimming. When I ask questions of the group about stroke count and kicking effort, or body line and timing, Hannah is always quick to raise her hand and give a correct answer. Saturday she proved her strength in the water by going faster in the 100 freestyle than she has done so far in a meet, good turns and strong kick were the factors that pushed her so fast. Great Job young lady! —Coach Chuck


Technique and Fitness

Cedar Park: Amelie Brenton and Gunther Wattanavijitkul

First of all we want to congratulate Amelie on her awesome kicking technique.She has an incredible race pace and always leads her lane during our normal warm up 10×25 yards kick set. Great body position and always attentive watching the pace clocks. Gunther has come a long way from when he first began with us in T/F. He is more assertive with his swimming.We can see that his focus is more intense and as always he makes everyone in his lane laugh. Humor is always a plus in athletics. Great job you two thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. —Coach Stephen

Bee Cave: Murff McLaughlin

Murff had an extraordinary week! He finally figured out what he has to do in order to push off under the water. His streamlines were proper and tight off every wall! His flipturns were also on point this week. Murff has been working very hard on listening to instructions and not watching his teammates to see what we’re doing. I don’t think I saw him look over to another lane once this week! Everything seemed to click for Murff this week, and I could not be more proud of him. I’m so excited to see what he has in store this week, too! —Coach Jonny



Cedar Park: Emilie Badjaja

Emilie did an excellent job this week during fly and breast stroke. She really understands how to push her chest forward and keep her head down on both strokes creating a momentum and fast body line in the water. She also does a great job of keeping her kick strong and consistent under water and during her swim to give her stroke the power that it needs. Great job Emilie! —Coach Claire

Bee Cave: Victor and Ruby Rose Teeters

It’s always a joy to have these two siblings at practice. They bring such a great attitude and energy to the team. Despite Ruby Rose only being seven and Victor being nine, I regularly see them leading their lane. I always see them working hard and giving me 100 percent effort. I’ve seen such an improvement in their strokes, especially their butterfly and breaststroke. I’m so excited to them continue to work hard and improve! Great job Victor and Ruby Rose! —Coach Peter

Advanced Silver

Bee Cave: Lucie Fuselier

Lucie is proving herself to be a wonderful leader in her lane. She not only runs intervals well, but I am always catching her help explain the set to a younger swimmers if they seem a little confused.Lucie is also the first to welcome the new young ladies to our group and help them feel comfortable. It is also wonderful to see her freestyle kick and breaststroke improve very quickly. Great job, young lady. —Coach Paige


Gold I & II

CP Gold I: Katie Zografos

Katie isn’t the loudest swimmer in the group, but she sure does know how to make noise the pool. It doesn’t matter the set or focus, Katie is going to put in the effort and get the job done. Katie grew a lot this past season, and I’m really proud of how far she come. I’m looking forward to the long course season to see how she continues to improve! Keep it up Katie! —Coach Adam

CP Gold II: Alex Riley

Liam did a great job executing both technical and speed work last week.Not only is his swimming ability getting better, but he also has adopted a willing attitude and is much quicker to start sets on time.Swimmers know I value every yard at practice and Liam is now going all-in on this outlook—a HUGE improvement!Stay strong, Liam! —Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Mary Claire Fuselier

What a week Mary Claire had! I don’t know if she knew this or not, but from MondaySaturday she completely changed her freestyle stroke. I would try to give her subtle hints and advice about her stroke, and sure enough on Saturday when I asked her to race a 50 Free, I noticed a sure difference in her stroke. Honestly, I adore Mary Claire’s smile and energy she brings. Each day she comes into practice 100% ready and I appreciate her willingness to learn and get better each day! —Coach Allison