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More Than a Stroke of Good Luck

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Is your child thinking about joining a year-round swimming program? Want to upgrade from being a summer swimmer to a full-time athlete? Below are five ways to improve as a swimmer in and out of the pool.
  1. Eat healthy- In order to have the most energy during practice, a balanced diet is essential for optimal performance.  Eating more protein, adding fruit and grains to your diet and avoiding fatty and surgery foods will provide the fuel you’ll need to propel you in the pool.
  2. Drink enough fluid- Whether the drink of choice is sports drink or water, drinking enough fluid before, during and after practice helps to prevent dehydration and replenish nutrients.
  3. Stretch- Get in the habit of stretching both before and after practice in order to maximize flexibility and get your muscles warmed up and helps to avoid cramping.
  4. Get Enough ZZZ’s- Practice can be physically demanding, so in order to have enough energy for practice, sleep is essential to give your body a rest.  Eight hours or more will insure a good workout.
  5. Keep up with Cardio- Between seasons, continue to exercise by running, playing outside or any other physical activity that keeps you in shape and healthy.  Don’t sit and vegetate in front of the television, remember, if you tube you lose.

Although these goals may seem tough to follow, your body will become accustomed to the workouts and change in routines, and eventually you will see the results of your hard effort.

Caitlyn Harrington is a former Division 1 swimming at the University of Pittsburgh.

Led by a historic ground campaign, the Panthers humiliated Virginia Tech, running their way to a 52-22 demolition of the Hokies Saturday afternoon at Heinz Field, maintaining first place in the Coastal division.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE — With an opportunity to separate itself in the race for the ACC Coastal title, the Virginia football team failed to overcome myriad mental and physical errors and its depleted defense was unable to hold up in the second half of a 23-13 loss to Pittsburgh on a soggy Friday night.
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Casey DeSmith stopped all 39 shots he faced, while Sidney Crosby racked up a goal and an assist as the Penguins dominated Arizona in a 4-0 shutout win at PPG Paints Arena Saturday night.
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NEW YORK (AP) — After setting a career high for points last season, Josh Bailey has picked up right where he left off. Bailey scored a short-handed goal in the second period and then the only goal in a shootout to lift the New York Islanders over the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 on Thursday night.
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