Nitro Swimmers of the Week for July 17–24, 2017

Intro to Nitro

Cedar Park: Lanjuvan Paulin-Obas
Intro CP worked on butterfly this week, focusing on keeping a rhythm with our kicks and not pausing to breathe. Landju did an awesome job demonstrating this for the group. He had strong, steady body waves, took a quick breath and got his head back in with nose pointing down. Great job, Landju! —Coach Lindsay

Bee Cave: Ila Roberts
This young lady has really worked hard this summer! She’s often one of two girls amongst a group of boys, but she never lets that get to her. Ila comes in smiling a ready to work! Her positive attitude and work ethic has led to a very productive summer. She consistently pushes off underwater in a tight streamline past the flags and has begun to pull ahead on our kick warm-up. As Intro wraps up summer practices, we’ve added more 50s, which Ila has been crashing. Thank you for your hard work this summer Ila! Keep it up! —Coach Raven


Cedar Park: Scotia Horton
Swimmer of the week for Bronze goes out to Scotia! She has been stepping up like a champ in practice, leading her lane and demonstrating some pretty tough skills. Scotia has also been working extremely hard on her butterfly, trying to feel the rhythm of the stroke without forcing it. The last couple of weeks she has made some tremendous strides. Keep it up Scotia, I’m extremely proud! —Coach Adam

Bee Cave: Carson Woertink
Carson has really come to the front of the Bronze group, he stands out with his kicking effort, but now has developed into a strong 50 and 100 swimmer. You watch your group shift when swimmers are moved to new groups, I always am curious to see who will step in to take the lead, and Carson has jumped right in with two other swimmers moving to Silver he is now driving to be the group leader. I particularly like how he has moved ahead in the longer swims and the biggest improvement is in and out of the turns. I can’t wait to see Carson swim his first 200 free! Great job young man! —Coach Chuck

Technique and Fitness

Cedar Park: Tiffany Sheridan and Mark Moreno
Awesome job with all of the freestyle and backstroke flip turns this past week. A lot of flipping…lol. Tiffany is ALWAYS in an upbeat mood and encourages her fellow swimmers. Her positive attitude shows in her swimming technique and especially this past week with her turns. Mark showed up for practice this past week and immediately said “I don’t know how to do a flip.” Thirty minutes later he did. Nice. Great job you two thanks for being a part of Nitro and we’ll see you at the pool. —Coach Stephen

Bee Cave: Shawn Shahbod
Shawn has progressed so fast since he joined TF a couple months ago. Not only does he wear the coolest jammer I’ve ever seen, but he also swims with technique way beyond his experience. I’m very proud of this young man and how far he’s come in such a short time. I see big things in his future regarding swimming. I’m just honored I got to be his first Nitro coach! Look out for this kid. Wait – what am I saying…You won’t miss him – trust me! —Coach Jonny


Cedar Park: Aparna Majety
At Junior STAGS this weekend Aparna Majety was set to swim the 100 Back. Unfortunately as the Ref told the girls to take their marks another staff member came over the PA to make announcements thereby making it almost impossible to hear the starter. Aparna Majety was one of the girls in this heat and took off a little late since she couldn’t hear the starting signal. The Ref let her swim the event again, however the other swimmers declined, so Aparna swam the event solo. It takes a lot of guts to swim by yourself in the middle of a meet like that and not get jolted by the fact that you’re the only one in the pool. But she did it all while remaining cool, calm, and collected. This shows such maturity and flexibility when the circumstances are not quite what you expected. So this week’s title of SOW goes to Aparna Majety! It’s not only a good athlete but a successful person who can be flexible and remain calm under pressure. Well done girl! —Coach Claire

Bee Cave: Oliver Ward
What a meet for Oliver! This past weekend was the Junior STAGS Championship meet for the Silver group, and it was an overall phenomenal meet for both Nitro as a whole and the Silver group specifically. Oliver picked up his first two B times ever in the 100 Breaststroke and the 50 Breaststroke! There were B and BB times being achieved all over the place for the Silver kids, but there’s always something special about achieving your very first time standards, which Oliver did at only eight years old! Amazing meet for Oliver and the rest of the Silver swimmers in attendance! Great job, Oliver! —Coach Peter

Advanced Silver

Bee Cave: Deaven Guerra
This young man has been steadily working on his butterfly timing in practice and all the pieces are starting to come together for four very nice, efficient strokes. Additionally, Deaven’s natural speed combined with his diligent work this summer was on display this past weekend with his speedy and double digit time drop 100 Freestyle race at Jr. STAGS! This young man is up and coming! Congrats, Deaven. —Coach Paige

Gold I & II

CP Gold I: Maddie Davis
Maddie is always a positive person to have in and around the pool. No matter what set I give her, no matter how hard I am on her, Maddie gets the job done, with a huge smile on her face. I can even count on her to cheer on her teammates through any set or race. Maddie has had a great long course season, competing at STAGS a couple of weeks ago, and then crushing her swims at Junior STAGS this past weekend. Way to go Maddie! —Coach Adam

CP Gold II: Lindsay Morgan
Lindsay is one tough cookie when she puts her mind to it. She came into JR STAGS this past weekend a little nervous, but once she remembered how fast she can be, she swam lights-out. Lindsay dropped almost twenty seconds in her 100 backstroke and achieved her very first A cut in the sport. Great job keeping that chin up and proving that you’re amazing, Lindsay! —Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Eli Ward
Wow, this kid has it all. From his sweet demeanor to fierce attitude in the pool, he is developing into quite the competitor. I have to say, the jokes he made this weekend were hilarious and kept the mood light. He even gave me a doughnut! In other news, I love how great of a teammate Eli is. Whether it is a teammate he is still getting to know better, or some of his best friends. Eli managed aging up from 10&u to 11-12 within the past month, and he swam this past weekend at Jr. STAGS without it even phasing him. I am super proud to be your coach Mr. Eli Ward! —Coach Allison