Nitro Swimmer of the Week for February 22nd – 27th, 2016

Intro to Nitro 

Cedar Park: Layla Tomkins – This week Layla showed patience in her stroke technique and development, especially when it came to freestyle. Layla demonstrated excellent body and head position keeping a straight line from head to toe. She also maintained a steady flutter kick throughout her freestyle stroke which enabled her to smoothly and efficiently make her way across the pool. Awesome swimming this week Layla! Keep it up! – Coach Ben

Bee Cave: Dane Mason – Dane is consistently a hard worker. His has shown immense progress over the last couple of weeks because of his work ethic and passion for the sport of swimming. This week Dane is Intro’s Swimmer of the Week because of this positive attitude. He showed great strength and remained positive when faced with an obstacle. Thank you Dane for sharing your joy for the sport with me and your teammates! – Coach Raven


Cedar Park: Liam McGowan – At the beginning of the season, we pinpointed a few things Liam could improve. One was his breaststroke kick, making sure he is flexing and not getting lazy with his feet. Another goal was to make sure we are focused 100% in practice. Liam has been working his tail off in the pool, and he has been making the right changes! All his hard work paid off this past weekend as he earned his first B time at the Leap Year Races. Way to go, Liam! – Coach Adam

Bee Cave: Talia Burns – Wow! This young lady is just taking off! She is doing it in the best of ways as well, push the kick as hard as you can as long as you can, sure, but Tahlia has been focusing her leg effort on the approach to her turns. This makes all the difference in the world, creating a fast action going in she enjoys the long underwater benefits her with a minimum of effort. Coach Randy and I have exclaimed “WOW!” on more than more occasion! Grey job young lady! – Coach Chuck

Technique & Fitness

Cedar Park: Isabella Smith & Champ Mayo – Isabella has a quiet presence entering the pool but she makes up for it in a ferocious ability to nail her technique and really keep her form throughout the hour. Champ is always a great lane leader and always the first to want to demonstrate for the group. He really had some great underwater streamlines that we were working on this past week and his demonstrations improved the group. Thanks for being a part of NITRO and we’ll see you at the pool. – Coach Steve

Bee Cave: Hudson Gross–Hudson has been working hard since joining Nitro to improve his strokes and overall swimming. He has also been entering in as many meets as possible. His hard work has been paying off, especially in this past weekend’s Leap Year Races. He dropped 5.31 seconds on this 50 Back and 4.02 seconds on his 50 Breast! This is a huge improvement that certainly deserves SOW. Excellent job, Hudson! Keep up the hard work! – Coach Peter



Cedar Park: Anila Modak & Aidan Albaugh – Again, there are too many great examples, so I had to choose two again this week! Anila has been pushing herself at practice, and even accepted a few challenges from me – she met them with a brief moment of “oh no”, and then put her head down and fought. It paid off Saturday at the meet, where she had some awesome swims. Your work is paying off! As for Mr. Aidan has been out of the pool recently, and is just getting back into the swing of things. His body is getting caught up, but his mind has taken over the show. Right now, there are no easy laps, but he doesn’t let that stop him. He pushes every single stroke to better himself, and is covering ground rapidly. He showed up at the meet the past weekend, and dropped down some pretty amazing swims! clearly Aidan, you are back! Great job, the both of you! – Coach Nick

Bee Cave: Max Taraszewski – Max stands out to me as a leader in the Silver group. He has done an awesome job challenging himself throughout practice every day, and it is beginning to show in his technique and speed in the pool. His focus and positive attitude also brings great energy to the group. Keep it up, Max! – Coach Lianne 

Advanced Silver

Cedar Park: Harsh Sundararaman – Harsh is a machine.  When I tell him to jump, he doesn’t ask how high – he’s already jumping as high as he can.  When I tell him to race, he’s already pushing off.  When I tell him good job, he asks how he can be better.  I’m super impressed with how much progress Harsh has made in the water this season, but what I’m most impressed with is how much he’s grown in his self-confidence and auto-reliance.  There isn’t another kiddo out there as driven as Harsh! – Coach Alex

Bee Cave: Ruby Bledsoe & Jennifer Li – Ruby, you just had an OUSTANDING week since it started. Your Breaststroke swim is rocking the block! Jenni, there’s no a better way to close a Short Course season, with five “BB” times for the records and part of the multiple Swimmer of the Week. Your swim shines more everyday! Girls, always remember. Quote of the Week: think BIG, believe BIG, act BIG, and the results will be BIGGER. Good job ladies. Keep it up!! FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS!!! SI SI SI!!!! – Coach Felix


Cedar Park: Paul Cheng – Paul has been a new addition to the group. He is an exchange student from China. It has been an adventure through communication and learning from each other outside of just the swimming world. Paul has done a great job asking questions and is always exploring new ways to swim FASTER. Keep up the great work PAUL!! – Coach Jeremy

Bee Cave: Sierra Averill – I have to give it up to Sierra this week, she is a fighter. She is consistent day in and day out, and I know how frustrating swimming can be over the long term. I was able to watch her race this weekend, even through all the craziness; she was able to pull through the meet. Sierra is such a talented swimmer, and we need to continue to work together to make sure she gets the very best out of herself and her swimming. Communication is key, day in and day out. I can’t wait to continue to work with Sierra to make sure she gets the best out of the sport! – Coach Allison

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